Legendary Bollywood actor Sridevi passes away

Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi who shot to national fame with Bhaaratiraja's 1977 runaway hit Pathinaru Vayadhinile and rose to become a legendary name in Indian cinema, passed away late Saturday night succumbing to a massive cardiac arrest in Dubai. The actress was in Dubai to attend a wedding ceremony with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

Her brother-in-law confirmed the news to the Indian Express.

Sridevi voted as India's greatest actress of all time in a CNN-IBN poll of 2013 has several domestic and worldwide awards tucked under her belt. She was apparently busy with her upcoming Bollywood projects.

But her scintillating innings in Bollywood began with Himmatwala which was a super success at the box office. In 1978 she came on the screen as the leading lady in Solwan Sawan against Amol Palekar. But it was her performance in films like Sadma, Mr India, Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Nagina and Lamhe that eventually made her a superstar. She made her debut in Tamil films as a child artiste with "Thunaivan" in 1969.

In 2013, the government of India awarded her the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, in recognition of her lustrous career in cinema. Her last film was MOM (2017).

Sadly, Sridevi will not witness the onset of her elder daughter Jhanvi Kapoor's career in Bollywood whose debut film Dhadak is slated to be released later in 2018. "Condolences to everyone who loved Sridevi".

  • Gwendolyn Kim