Sridevi, the first female superstar of Bollywood is no more. The news of her demise has shocked the nation and condolences have been pouring in from everywhere. The actress was not only gorgeous but also very versatile when it came to her profession.
Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan – who later took the name of Sridevi acted in a lot of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam movies.
As we remember Sridevi today, here are some lesser-known facts about her life:
1. Sridevi’s first film in Bollywood wasn’t Sadma, it was Julie. She was 11 then. She played the role of the lead actress Lakshmi’s younger sister in the film. Her first film ever was Thunaivan in 1967.
2. As per a report in India Today, many gossip columns in the yesteryears said that Sridevi was married to Mithun Chakraborty before Boney Kapoor. She married Chakraborty in 1985 and the marriage was annulled in 1988 as he was already married to Yogeeta Baali. However, this wasn’t confirmed even though the fact about their affair was an open secret.
3. During the shooting of the famous film, ‘Lamhe’ Sridevi lost her father. After she flew to Mumbai from London for her father’s last rite, soon she left to complete the shooting of a comedy sequence with Anupam Kher in the film. Such was her dedication to her work.
4. It will be surprising to know that late Sridevi and late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa did three movies together – Kandhan Karunai (1967), Nam Naadu (1969) and Aathi Parasakhti (1971). Sridevi had also shared a photo as a memory on December 7, 2016:
5. As per a report in India TV, Sridevi was the first choice for the lead roles in Beta and Baazigar but she refused to do those films to due to various reasons. She was also offered a role in the Hollywood film, Jurassic Park, which was also refused by her.
6. Sridevi was the top heroine in Tamil cinema. It is interesting to know that she has done in a film that had both Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.The film’s name was Moondru Mudichu which released in 1976. She played Rajinikanth’s step-mother in the movie! She was only 13 then! The same film had Kamal Hassan doing a cameo. She has done around 20 films with Hassan and Rajinikanth both.
7. When Sridevi debuted in Bollywood, she wasn’t fluent in Hindi. As a result, her voice was dubbed. You won’t believe who dubbed her dialogues for a film – actress Rekha! Rekha dubbed for Sridevi in the film Aakhree Raasta. For most of her other films, yesteryear’s actress Naaz dubbed her dialogues. It was only in Chandni that Sridevi dubbed her own dialogues.
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