Sridevi Kapoor (born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan; 13 August 1963 – 24 February 2018) was an Indian actress and film producer.
Regarded as Indian cinema’s biggest female superstar, she was the recipient of two Filmfare Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. Sridevi ranked among the highest-paid actors in the 1980s and 1990s and is considered to be one of the most popular actresses of Indian cinema.
Sridevi was born in Sivakasi, Madras State, India on 13 August 1963 and started her career as a child actor at the age of four in the Tamil language movie Kandan Karunai.
Landing her first leading role in 1976, Sridevi’s multi-lingual skills enabled her to cross over in India’s various regional film industries and she appeared in her first Hindi language film in 1979.
Throughout the 80’s & 90’s she enjoyed a prolific career which would ultimately see her amass roles in over 300 films.
In 1997 Sridevi took a break from acting returning briefly for some small screen roles and it was not until 2012 she return to the big screen in “English Vinglish” to much critical acclaim.
Her final release in 2017 saw her take on the lead role as a vigilante stepmother seeking vengance against four men who raped her daughter in the film “Mom”.
Sridevi died on the 24th February 2018. She had been visiting Dubai and attending a relatives wedding and tragically fell unconscious in her hotel bathtub and drowned.
Her funeral took place on 28 February, at the Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium in Mumbai. Sridevi was cremated with state honours and also received a gun salute at her funeral. Her pyre was lit by her husband.
Many from the film fraternity and close relatives of Sridevi paid homage at her funeral as an estimated 7,000 fans took to streets to pay their respects.
On 3 March, Sridevi’s ashes were immersed in the sea off Rameshwaram coast in Chennai by her husband and her two daughters Jhanvi and Khushi.
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