SRIDEVI IS TO­DAY'S BIRTH­DAY GIRL

As Sridevi turns 54 to­day, we list some of the lesser-known facts about the ever­green ac­tor

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee

Sridevi never fails to mes­merise her fans and crit­ics with her act­ing prow­ess. She be­gan her act­ing ca­reer with Thu­naivan (1969) at the age of four and till now re­mains one of the most sought after ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood as well as re­gional cin­ema. She was also the highest paid ac­tor of her time and re­ceived the ‘su­per­star’ tag. Some in­ter­est­ing trivia about her.

Sridevi was a child artiste in the film, Julie (1975) and made her Bol­ly­wood de­but as the lead with Solva Saa­van (1979).

Sridevi spells her name as Sreedevi. But, she never cor­rected the spell­ing of her name in film cred­its.

Sridevi was down with high fever, when she was shoot­ing for the song Na Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai in Chal­baaz (1989).

Sridevi was con­sid­ered to play a brief role in Steven Spiel­berg’s Juras­sic Park (1993). How­ever, she de­clined the of­fer as she was busy with her films in Bol­ly­wood.

Sridevi’s mother tongue is Tamil, so she faced dif­fi­culty in speak­ing Hindi. Yesteryear ac­tor Naaz used to dub for her. For her role in Chandni (1989), she dubbed for the first time.

Jaya Prada was Sridevi’s strong­est com­peti­tor and the two ac­tors didn’t share a cor­dial re­la­tion­ship. Dur­ing the shoot­ing of Maqsad (1984), ac­tors Ra­jesh Khanna and Jee­tendra locked them in a room to help break the ice. But when they opened the door, both Sridevi and Jaya were sit­ting silently in the two cor­ners of the room.

Dur­ing 80s, Sridevi al­legedly had a love af­fair with Mithun Chakraborty. It was even ru­moured that they had se­cretly mar­ried in a tem­ple. Hear­ing this news, Mithun’s then wife, Yogita Bali tried to com­mit sui­cide and their re­la­tion fell apart. Later, while nurs­ing her bro­ken heart, Sridevi fell in love with film­maker Boney Kapoor.

Sridevi played both super star NTR’s grand­daugh­ter and love in­ter­est in a few films.

DUR­ING 80S, SRIDEVI AL­LEGEDLY HAD A LOVE AF­FAIR WITH MITHUN CHAKRABORTY. IT WAS EVEN RU­MOURED THAT THEY HAD SE­CRETLY MAR­RIED IN A TEM­PLE

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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