Sridevi, one of India’s most celebrated actresses, has died of cardiac arrest in Dubai.
Family members confirmed to the Indian Express website that the actress had passed away on Saturday morning while attending a family wedding.
“It is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here [India], I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai,” her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told the news outlet.
She is survived by her husband, Boney Kapoor, and daughters Jhanvi and Khushi.
Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi who shot to fame with Bhaaratiraja’s 1977 hit Pathinaru Vayadhinile and rose to become a luminous name in Indian cinema, died late Saturday night succumbing to a massive cardiac arrest in Dubai. She was 54. Sridevi’s brother in law Sanjay Kapoor confirmed the news to The Indian Express. Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi were in Dubai to attend a family wedding. Elder daughter Janhvi is in Mumbai for a film shooting. Family and friends are rushing to Sridevi’s house in Mumbai to be by Janhvi’s side.
Sridevi worked across the language spectrum of Indian cinema in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada; her most memorable roles came in a rash of Tamil hits while she was still in her teens. For Sridevi’s die hard fans, 16 Vayadhinile and Sigappu Rojakkal and Moondram Pirai are the defining moments of her film career – the romance of the vernacular
Sridevi, a Padma Shri awardee in 2013, began her career as a child artiste and grew up to be one of the most phenomenal female stars India ever had. In the 1990s, Sridevi’s roles in Chandni, Lamhe, Mr India, Nagina were not just personal landmarks but the stuff of Indian film lore for the ages. Sridevi’s more recent movies were English Vinglish and MOM which released in 2017 – her comeback after marriage and a career break. Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi is set to make her Bollywood debut this year with Karan Johar’s Dhadak.
Sridevi’s first meaty role came in a Hindi remake of the Malayalam hit Chattakari. At age 13, Sridevi starred in K Balachander’s Moondru Mudichu (three knots, Tamil localese for the bond of marriage) where she played the wife of an aging widower and stepmother to Rajinikanth. But it was Bhaaratiraaja’s debut film Pathinaru Vayadhinile which catapulted Sridevi into headline grabbing stardom. In the film, Sridevi plays a village beauty Mayil while two other great stars of South Indian cinema Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth play the good and bad guys respectively.
Sigappu Rojakkal -another Bharathiraaja film where Sridevi stars alongside Kamal Haasan took the pair spiraling into superstardom in South Indian cinema where they stayed for several years, working in over 40 films together. Meendum Kokila and Moondram Pirai are counted among Sridevi’s best performances.
Sridevi’s Bollywood movies include Sadma (remake of Moondram Pirai), Mr India, Chandni, Chaalbaaz (in a dual role with Sunny Deol and Rajinikanth), Khuda Gawah (double role of an Afghani mother and daughter, opposite Amitabh Bachchan), Lamhe, and Gumrah.
Sridevi’s fans widely consider Sendoora Poove and Hawa Hawaai two of her most memorable song sequences in her remarkable film career, both embedded here.
Sridevi’s last tweet came the day she died – retweet of a dance tribute to her.
— TV Serials gossips 😉😉🙄👓 (@GossipsTv) February 23, 2018
Meanwhile, social media especially Twitter is going through huge shock. Celebs and fans are not able to believe the news and are hoping it to be a rumour
— Kareena Kapoor Khan (@KareenaOnline) February 24, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 24, 2018
— Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) February 24, 2018
Totally in shock to hear #Sridevi demise!!
— bhagyashree (@bhagyashree123) February 24, 2018
God !!! I still can’t believe this !!! The most gorgeous actress of every era is no more between us !!! You will be missed @SrideviBKapoor Feeling nostalgic !! 💔#RIPSridevi #Sridevi pic.twitter.com/m2QVNdrrIE
— Adeera🔥 (@AdeeraSharma) February 24, 2018
Heartbroken by this news!! She was One of the finest kindest souls I ever knew :( speechless shocked 😶 😪 #RIP #Sridevi this is just not right at all! May god give all the family strength at this darkest hour. pic.twitter.com/lBZrQjEabE
— Raj Kundra (@TheRajKundra) February 24, 2018
Absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of #Sridevi. What a dark black terrible moment in time. Gutted.
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) February 24, 2018
I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
Terrible terrible news…. Am shocked beyond words. SRIDEVI ji No More … 🙏🏽 RIP
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 24, 2018
RIP #Sridevi 🙏🏽 One of the absolute queens of Bollywood. Gone too soon 💔
— Arjun (@ArjunArtist) February 24, 2018
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) February 24, 2018
— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 24, 2018
Deeply saddened and shocked to hear about #Sridevi Ji. My prayers and condolences to the family.
— Johny Lever (@iamjohnylever) February 24, 2018
Nothing is immortal on Earth..
The one who come must have to go back…
From Chandini,Lamhe,Khuda Gawah,Nagina, Chaalbaaz,Mr. India
Sadma,Roop ki Rani Choron Ka Raja
— Mmmm… (@Waqas_amjad) February 24, 2018