Sridevi – a legend in the disguise of an actress, possessing the rare talent nailing comical sequences as well as high on emotions drama at one time. She has covered every major genre such as sci-fi, fantasy dramas, comedies, revenge dramas and has moulded herself in each character with perfection.
Yes, unfortunately, she is no more with us but her work will be immortal and that’s something no one can grab from us. Let’s revisit 10 such movies of Sridevi which were milestones in the journey of this one of the earliest female superstars of India.
1. Sadma (Emotional Drama)
Having one of the most emotionally draining movies to come out Bollywood, Sadma is a story of Nehalata (Sridevi) who suffers from a head injury which flashes back her mental state to childhood. She gets trapped in a brothel where she meets her rescuer Somu (Kamal Haasan). Somu, leading a lonely life, falls in love with Nehalata which causes a heartbreaking climax to the story.
2. Chaalbaaz (Comedy-Drama)
Remember Sridevi’s quirky dance moves on Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai? Chaalbaaz had her in a double role. The above song’s lyrics ironically defined Sridevi’s life as no one knows where she came from or where she’s gone but she surely made everyone a fan of her through her work. Chaalbaaz also had a stellar cast in Rajinikanth, Sunny Deol, Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor and Anu Kapoor.
3. Mr. India (Sci-Fi Comedy)
To be considered as Sridevi’s one of the finest performances till date, Mr. India has been an integral part of every 90s kid’s childhood. Crossing every limit of sensuousness, Sridevi will remain everyone’s dream in Kate Nahi Kat Te from this film. She played the love interest of Mr. India (Anil Kapoor) in the film and rides on a mission to save the country from a dreadful villain in Mogambo (Amrish Puri).
4. Himmatwala (Love Comedy)
Starring in one of the biggest box office hits back then, Sridevi did attain the tag of box-office friendly heroine back then. In this one, she had actors like Jeetendra and Amjad Khan to accompany her talent. She played the role of Sher Singh Bandookwala’s daughter, Rekha Bandookwala and her performance in this was yet again appreciated by the audience.
5. Naginaa (Fantasy Drama)
One of India’s early fantasy films, Sridevi played the role of Rajini, a Nagini (female snake), who marries a civilian to avenge the death of her spouse who was killed by an evil saint. The civilian is played Rishi Kapoor who fights against all odds to marry his vicious love Rajini.
6. Aakhree Raasta (Revenge Drama)
This action drama revolved around the life of David (Amitabh Bachchan) and the revenge of his wife’s death. Sridevi comes in the scene as Vinta, girlfriend of his son. Though she not had the major chunk but surely left her magical mark in the movie.
7. Lamhe (Love Drama)
Touted as Yash Chopra’s one of the finest films, Sridevi won Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Lamhe. Portraying role of a double role as mother and daughter, Sridevi never crossed the line to make both the roles similar to each other. With wonderfully written characters, she did her best to stand out with both of them.
8. Laadla (Family Drama)
Sridevi played the role of an ambitious businesswoman handling a huge company. Raju (Anil Kapoor), a mechanic in her company, falls in love with Kaajal (Raveena Tandon) who is an accountant in the same company. This results in a complicated love triangle.
9. English Vinglish (Family Drama)
My personal favourite of Sridevi from the list, English Vinglish is one unique kind of script and will be by far one of the best comeback movies for any senior actress. Settling in a new country learning a new language, Sridevi played this role as she was living it for ages. Few reviews hailed Sridevi as Meryl Streep of India and female Rajinikanth in Japan.
10. Mom (Revenge Drama)
Proving her mettle for the nth time, Sridevi with Mom showed how she is an actress Bollywood will always be proud of. Carrying the entire film on her shoulder, she never for a second made you feel she’s acting her character. Justifying the title of the film, she did brilliantly with her performance.