Sridevi, 54, Dubai.

The sultry siren Sridevi was not only a super star of Bollywood cinema but ruled the hearts and minds of Pakistani fans for over 3 decades. Her career started as a child actor and she became a big name of the south Indian Cinema before heading to conquer the Mumbai-based Bollywood. Himmetwala, Masoom, Chandni, Nagina, ChaalBaz, Sadma, Chandni and Mr. India became some of her groundbreaking box office smash hits.

Despite her challenge with the Hindi and English languages, Sri Devi completed over 300 Films in the five decades. Always remaining at the top, Sridevi became the highest paid actor of her time. Her name became synonymous with success, setting the standards for future female leads.

Despite the fact that the Indian popular cinema screens were male dominated, however, Sridevi’s roles ensured box-office success and her popularity surpassed even her male leads. She also got to work with a wide variety of male leads, all of which adored the doe-eyed gazelle.

In 1996, Sridevi decided to take a break from the film industry and prided on being a full time mother and wife to husband, director, Bonney Kapoor. She is also rumored to have married Mithun Chakraborty in the 1980s, which didn’t last. In her private life, the star was very protective and shy, rarely making time for interviews. However, she admitted that she was very friendly with camera perhaps because she began her acting career as a toddler.

Sridevi’s re-entry in the film arena in 2012 with English Vinglish bowled her fans over with her dramatic appeal and poise. The diva had the panache for versatility and became a benchmark for dramatic, comic and seductive roles as well as her dance performances.

In 2013, Sridevi received the fourth highest civilian honour by the Indian government.

She was born in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu on August 13 1963 to parents who ran a small plastic manufacturing unit.

Sridevi was the undisputed queen of the Indian cinema. Her death at the tender age of 54 shocked many friends and fans alike. She had been visiting Dubai for the wedding of her husband’s nephew with family and died of drowning in the bathtub.

She is survived by Boney and two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi.

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