Veteran actor Sridevi died in Dubai on Saturday after a cardiac arrest. She was 54.
Popularly hailed as the first female superstar of Hindi cinema, the actor was in Dubai with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi to attend nephew and actor Mohit Marwah’s wedding.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences. “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace,” he said.’
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: “Shocked to hear of the passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as Moondram Pirai, Lamhe, and English Vinglish remain an inspiration for other actors. My condolences to her family and close associates.”
Sridevi, who made her acting debut at the age of four, had many big hits like “Chandni” and was especially noted for her impeccable timing as a comedienne.
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.
On her Twitter handle, Sridevi – who had last retweeted a tribute performance originally pictured on her – preferred to describe herself as “Actor-MOM-Housewife-Actor Again!”
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.
A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”.
Sridevi had worked in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada. She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 2013. Movies like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr. India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, films like “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe” (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.