Celeb In The Spotlight: Sridevi Kapoor

We bring to you Sridevi Kapoor as our Celeb in the Spotlight!

Monday, March 04, 2013 | 8:00:34 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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As many may know, March is Women's History Month, and in honor of that we bring you the actress who has made quite a name for herself not only in Bollywood, but also in other mediums as well. We bring to you Sridevi Kapoor as our Celeb in the Spotlight!

Sridevi who is now known as Sridevi Kapoor, was born on August 13, 1963 to lawyer Ayyapan and his wife Rajeshwari in Meenampati village, Tamil Nadu. She has two siblings, a sister and a step brother. Born and brought up in Tamil Nadu, her native language is Tamil.

Sridevi started off her career at the young age of four in the Tamil movie Thunaivan and then went on to work as a child artist in many Telugu and Tamil movies. She was even recognized for her contributions with Kerala State Government Award for the best child artiste. Along with the Tamil movie industry, she got a break in Hindi cinema when she starred as a child artist in the movie Julie.

Over the years she went on to play various roles and finally got her big break and recognition as an actress in the movie Moondru Mudichu (1976), opposite Kamal Hasan and Rajnikanth, and with whom she went on to star in many blockbuster Tamil films. After doing various movies for the Tamil film industry, Sridevi re-joined the Bollywood industry as an adult in 1979, in the movie Solva Sawan opposite Amol Palekar. However, she was still more active in the Tamil industry and did only a few roles here and there in Indian films.

Having done numerous films in her native place, she decided it was time to get back to Bollywood and came back with a bang in the 1983 movie Himmatwala, opposite Jeetendra. The movie went on to be a blockbuster hit, thus naming Sridevi as an actress par excellence. After that there was no stopping her as she went on to do many movies such as Tohfa, Mawaali, Karma, Aakhri Raasta, Jaag Utha Insan, Ram Avtar, Janbaaz, Nagina, Mr. India, Khuda Gawah, Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Lamhe and many more!

Due to her excellent acting skills and exceptional roles she was nominated for the FilmFare awards numerous times as a best actress. Her first Filmfare nomination for best actress was for Sadma, and that started the string of nominations for roles in Chandni, Khuda Gawah, Gumrah, Judaai and Laadla. Despite being nominated numerous times, she has only won the Filmfare best actress award twice, for the films Chaalbaaz and Lamhe.

After making the right choices professionally, Sridevi went on to make the right personal decision in her life and got married to director Boney Kapoor, brother of her co-star from many films, Anil Kapoor. The two got married in 1996 and now have two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. 

After taking a long hiatus from movies of at least 15 years, Sridevi finally made a comeback in 2012 with Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish. The movie garnered a lot of praise and critical acclaim, and her role was appreciated by all! After the success of the film, it is said that she is the only actress in Bollywood who made a positive and blockbuster comeback after a really long hiatus! The film garnered her a lot of praise which also resulted in her being nominated for best actress in various award ceremonies and she even went on to win quite a few of them!

Did You Know?
  • Sridevi was offered a role by Hollywood ace director Steven Spielberg in his movie Jurassic Park, but she refused because she didn't want to leave Bollywood at a time when her career was at its peak.
  • Was the original choice for the movie Beta but turned it down because she already had many films with Anil Kapoor.
  • Her daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi, are named after the lead actress's names from her husbands movies Judaai and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai.

With that we bring you to the end of this Celeb in the Spotlight segment. Be sure to drop by next time as we bring you a veteran star for our Fragrance of Yesteryear segment!

Author: Hershi J.
Editors: Shreya S. & Gunia M.
Graphics: Virina R.

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Posted on: 08 March 2013 at 3:20am
sridevi amazing actor love u dear

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 10:06pm
Sridevi is an exceptional actress! I saw her as a child in Mr India and loved her! She is so versatile! She still looks amazing too!

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 9:45pm
she is my all time fav actress...thanks IF for this article

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 7:59pm
Sri Devi is a living legend AMAZING actress! I loved her in EV! No comments on her personal life tho, its disgusting!

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 6:55pm
Sridevi is a legend. Her n Madhuri are two actresses who have a class of their own which actresses of today need to match up to...

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 6:53pm
I find her too artificial...saw few Indian film awards shows...and she giving wierd expressions..there!!!

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 3:43pm
I truly admire her work and dedication. Lamhe was the best movie I ever enjoyed! Good luck to her for her future projects in Bollywood.

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 3:01pm
Arjun Kapoor Is The Best<3:*
Hope Yur Happy For Yur StepSon At His Sucess SriDevii

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Posted on: 04 March 2013 at 2:52pm
too much plastic surgery !!!
Whatever you say she was way better before !!

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