Actress Sridevi passes away after cardiac arrest in Dubai

Actress Sridevi passes away after cardiac arrest in Dubai

Veteran actress Sridevi passed away after a cardiac arrest in Dubai at the age of 54. Sridevi, husband Boney Kapoor and her younger daughter Khushi Kapoor were in Dubai to attend a family wedding.


Sridevi, born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan known for her versatility as an actor, made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”. But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala” that she gained commercial success.

The actress’s contribution to the world of films spans over 40 years. She has acted in several languages chiefly Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada and Hindi films. Sridevi’s foray into the sphere of adult roles came with the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976) at the age of 13. Sridevi besides making big in Bollywood established herself as one of the leading actresses of Tamil and Telugu cinema with films such as  16 Vayathinile (1977), Sigappu Rojakkal(1978), Varumayin Niram Sivappu (1980), Meendum Kokila (1981), Premabhishekam (1981), Moondram Pirai (1982) and others.

Before her entry into Bollywood, the actor had been a known face in South Indian films. She made her debut as a child artist in in Tamil film “Thunaivan” in 1969. She also worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films.

sridevi as child artist

She was considered the first female superstar of Bollywood after her successful acting career with films like ‘Himmatwala’, ‘Sadma’, ‘Mr. India’ and ‘Chaalbaaz’. The 2017 film ‘Mom’ was her 300th film.

She took a 15-year-long break from movies in 1997, a year after her marriage. She returned in 2012’s “English Vinglish”. Sridevi stunned fans with her performance as a villainous queen in “Puli”, which also marked her comeback to Tamil cinema after a gap of more than two decades.

Last year, she was seen in revenge-drama — Mom — opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film — Zero — which releases in December. Her last film in Tamil was the Vijay-starrer Puli.
Besides Boney and Khushi, she is survived by older daughter Janhvi Kapoor, who is currently working towards making her entry into the Hindi cinema. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney had from late first wife Mona.

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