End Of An Era

Bol­ly­wood’s first fe­male icon, met with an un­timely death in Dubai. Star­dust pays a trib­ute to this beau­ti­ful su­per­star.

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At the age of 4, she stepped into the film in­dus­try. At the age of 54, she left a gi­ant void with her un­timely death. She was in­deed the queen of hearts – an ac­tor par ex­cel­lence with an amaz­ing comic tim­ing and a nim­ble footed dancer, Sridevi was the film in­dus­try’s first woman su­per­star. She started out in Tamil movies and from there on worked in many re­gional films, and then moved to Hindi films. Dubbed as “thunder-thighs” from right in the be­gin­ning of her ca­reer, Sridevi started her tryst with Bol­ly­wood with Solwa Sawan in 1979. But it was later in 1983, that her jodi with the jumpin’ Jack of Bol­ly­wood, Jee­tendra got her into the fast paced paisa va­sool league of masala films like Him­mat­walla, To­hfa etc. Her pop­u­lar­ity knew no bounds and she was her­alded as the queen of the masses. But this pow­er­house per­former upped her game still fur­ther as she went on to mag­i­cally daz­zle in films like Mr In­dia, Chaal­baaz, Na­gin, Lamhe, Chaal­baaz and so many oth­ers. She was on top of the Tin­selville lad­der and was the only fe­male ac­tor earn­ing as much as the other male su­per­stars, and this earned her the ti­tle of Bol­ly­wood’s first and big­gest fe­male su­per­star. Mar­riage to pro­ducer Boney Kapoor took her away from the arc lights for 15 years where she con­cen­trated on be­ing a good wife and mother of two daugh­ter Jah­nvi and Khushi. But at the age of 49, she braved the er­rant ways of star­dom by mak­ing a come­back with Gouri Shinde’s Eng­lish Vinglish. Her charm­ing por­trayal of a woman piec­ing her life back again took the na­tion by storm. In­deed, the su­per­star re­mained the na­tion’s dar­ling de­spite the hia­tus. Her next film Mom too was a huge hit and it showed that Sridevi had not lost her Mi­das touch. In the re­cent months, the per­fec­tion­ist that she was, Sridevi was gear­ing up for her daugh­ter Jah­nvi’s de­but in Dhadak. One saw her stand­ing by her daugh­ter at sev­eral top- of-the-line events look­ing as gor­geous as ever. In fact, she at­tended so many of our Star­dust Awards and other Magna Pub­lish­ing events year af­ter year and was as gra­cious and dig­ni­fied with all of us when we met her. How­ever, her last tryst with the world was in Dubai where she looked amaz­ingly ethe­real at her nephew Mo­hit Mar­wah’s wed­ding. Un­for­tu­nately, she died in her ho­tel room at the wee hours of the morn­ing on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, 2018 In­dian time. Ac­cord­ing to the Dubai foren­sic de­part­ment, her death was caused by ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing. It is still a mys­tery as to how she drowned in a bath­tub. Boney Kapoor is to­tally dev­as­tated and in­co­her­ent. And as we go to the press, we are still await­ing the fi­nal re­sults. In­deed, death has robbed us of this beau­ti­ful su­per­star who reigned in the hearts of the peo­ple. This beau­ti­ful icon’s un­timely death is in­deed a great loss for the film in­dus­try… And a great loss for In­dia! …Sridevi, you were destiny’s fave child… gone too soon. In­deed, Star­dust will sorely miss you!

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