Veteran Bollywood actor and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away. She was 54.
Sridevi was attending the marriage ceremony of his nephew Mohit Marwah in Dubai where the entire Kapoor family was present. The actress suffered cardiac arrest and passed away in the wee hours of Sunday.
The 54-year-old, who had taken a long break from the movies after her marriage to Boney Kapoor, had returned to the silver screen six years ago with “English Vinglish” and worked in three films since.
The sudden death of the star – who ruled the commercial space and did critically acclaimed films “Sadma” and “Lamhe” and was especially noted for her impeccable timing as a comedienne – has shocked Bollywood and legions of her fans.
Over a five-decade career, the actor who made her debut on silver screen at the age of four in Tamil movie Thoonaivan, had worked in 300 films. She made her entry in Bollywood in 1975 with the blockbuster romance Julie, but had also ruled the Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada film industry.
She made a searing return in 2012’s “English Vinglish”. From the very first frame it was evident that the actor has lost none of her Mr India charm. As Shashi, the housewife struggling to learn English after being belittled by her family, her performance received rave reviews. The following year, she also made an appearance in Bombay Talkies.
Sridevi stunned fans with her performance as a villainous queen in “Puli”, which also marked her comeback to Tamil cinema after a gap of more than two decades.
Last year, she was seen in revenge-drama – “Mom” – opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film – “Zero” – which releases in December.
On her Twitter handle, Sridevi – who had last retweeted a tribute performance originally pictured on her – preferred to describe herself as “Actor-MOM-Housewife-Actor Again!”