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
as our Celeb in the Spotlight!
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 N
adu, 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.
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,
. 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!
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
. Despite being nominated numerous times, she has only won the Filmfare best actress award twice, for the films Chaalbaaz
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
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.
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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