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Sridevi broke the stereotype of coy mistress in male-dominated Bollywood
She was the Chandni of the film industry but came back to India for the very last time in a glass sarcophagus. Tears continue to roll down. The Padma Shri awardee queen of Bollywood will still remain in millions of hearts forever.

Sridevi, an actress from the South, was all glamour in Bollywood.  But this glamour was not the last word. Her distinction lied in the fact that she broke the mould of coy mistress in male dominated film industry. We never realised that she was the first female superstar and we unconsciously all grew up on her movies in which she rewrote the game.

Today India is shell-shocked to know that she could not give her all even after her comeback .She preferred self exile from Bollywood after her marriage with Boney Kapoor with whom she fell in deep love. But her tragic death in Dubai finished the story.

Since her first film as a child prodigy at the age of four, she remodelled the roles and rose to eminence to share the screen with some of Indian films' most iconic leading men from the South like Kamal Haasan and Rajanikanth, and in the Bollywood, from Mithun Chakraborty, to Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan.

Her five decade long journey ended at 54 and came to a tearful end when she accidentally drowned in her hotel room's bathtub in Dubai, where she had gone to attend a marriage ceremony. Child artist Riva Arora, who played the role of her young daughter in her last film 'Mom', with tearful eyes, told an ABP reporter, "I miss you Sridevi Mom."

Even now, when a song of hers is played in a shop or street, I stand still and listen. She acted in more than 125 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. From Chandni to Chaalbaaz, from Sadma to Mr India, from English Vinglish to finally Mom, she showed her versatility in being comfortable with all the roles assigned to her. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 besides innumerable other awards from the film industry.

In 1975 she surprised the film world by her role in Julie and one after another, she took up challenging roles in films which became milestones in her five decade long journey, starting in 1983 with Sadma. We cannot forget her inimitable acting in Himmatwala , Nagina and the film which she acted in after fifteen years English Vinglish, facilitating her comeback to Bollywood. Her last film was 'Mom' in which she played the daunting mother to her two daughters.

Agnimitra Pal - a Kolkata based fashion designer - told about her to Star TV's Anand that she was a very generous hearted lady with all family bonding and the way she took care to bring up her two daughters is simply incredible. She helped the artists in the film world and outside. She was never egotistic. That she was a film superstar cannot be guessed, if one talks to her personally. She was above everything, a wonderful woman and human being.

On hearing the news of Sridevi's sudden demise, Sushmita Sen tweeted: "I just heard Ma'am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock...can't stop crying".

Ranveer Singh too, is shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Sridevi whom he described as 'one of Hindi cinema's greatest superstars'. He wrote on Twitter: "I grew up on her movies. She will always be one of my favourite actors of all time."

Namrata Joshi correctly wrote in the obituary on Sridevi: "Somewhere between the superstardom of the Angry Young Man and that of Shah Rukh Khan, it was Sridevi who upped the ante and created a significant space for the heroine."

In the time tested tradition, she was representing the stardom like Vyjayanthimala, Hema Malini or Rekha and became herself an institution in herself. Be it her role as a reporter in Mr India, or her dual role as mother and teenage daughter in Lamhe, are still our ever cherished moments. She was the leading lady of the eighties and the nineties. She redefined stardom for actresses in India with her dancing skills and impeccable comic timing that are the essence of mainstream Indian cinema.

She broke the mould of our male dominated Bollywood industry where women, in spite of the great stature of Vajayanthimala, Hema Malini and Rekha, had access to stardom. She went beyond the coy mistress role. In female centric films like Chandni, Lamhe and in Chaalbaaz, she played with ease the challenging roles. 

Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan, Sridevi created her niche as the first film superstar in her five decades of acting beginning at the age of four. She took a break from acting when she married Boney Kapoor in 1996 and staged her comeback with Gauri Shinde's blockbuster English Vinglish in 2012 after a gap of fifteen years when her two daughters had grown up. Her last performance in Mom was that of an angry mother who is bent upon avenging her daughter's rapists.  

She was at heart a very simple lady. She once said, "I am very simple. All these praises scare me. I feel like a newcomer."

She was so caring, said the child actor of Mom, who played the role of her younger daughter in her last film. She said, "Sridevi aunty did not allow me to go outside as there was a snowfall in Georgia during our shooting."

She used to call her to share lunch with her and advised her not to be panicky in her acting time. She only should imagine that she is her mom and that was all. This shows how sincere she had been as a mother and as a guide and friend to the junior actors. In one interview, she confessed that she looked arrogant to the unknown people and she opens up only to the people to whom she was close.

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