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Mr. India, Sadma and English Vinglish: Iconic performances by Sridevi

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She was beautiful, she was charismatic, and every time she came on-screen, she left us in awe of her. Sridevi was one of the most graceful actors that the Indian film industry has ever seen. She started her career as a child artist at the age of four in Tamil movie Thunaivan. She got her first lead role in 1976 in Tamil movie Moondru Mudichu. Her unprecedented popularity in Tamil and Telugu cinema earned her a place in Hindi films and her on-screen energy and beauty took her to the top. 

Sridevi was also one of controversy’s favourite children. Her rumored relationship with Mithun Chakraborty, her constant rivalry with Jaya Prada and Madhuri Dixit and her sudden marriage to Boney Kapoor kept her in the headlines. Her persona and charisma was and is beyond any cinema language. Here are some iconic roles played by Sridevi that we can’t afford to miss:

1. Solwa Sawan (1979):

Sridevi made her Bollywood debut with Solwa Saawan in 1979. She played an ambitious and attractive young village girl. She was noted for her acting skills and her charming looks. In this remake of the hit film 16 Vayathinilae, 16-year-old Sridevi held her own. 

2. Sadma (1983): 

It catapulted Sridevi to the list of promising young actors. Playing a child-like adult in a complicated and tragic love story, Sridevi exhibited the same charm and skill that got her noticed in her Hindi debut. The film also starred Kamal Haasan in the lead role. 

3. Nagina (1985):

Sridevi splendidly played a young and enigmatic Rajni who’s accused of being a shape-shifting serpent by the villainous Amrish Puri. Sri’s love story with Rishi Kapoor in the film was cute but what stole the show was her

nagin act. The song Main teri dushman with Amrish Puri is still remembered till date.

4. Mr. India (1987):

Sridevi stole the show with her spectacular performance in the film. Her bubbly portrayal of Seema and her unforgettable performance in Hawa hawaii captivated millions of hearts. 

5. Chandni (1989):

The film breathed new life into the careers of Rishi Kapoor and director Yash Chopra. But more than anything else, the film established Sridevi as the actress to beat. Her white costumes revolutionised fashion in North India and everyone wanted the Chandni look. 

6. Chaalbaaz (1989):

She played twins, the tamed and submissive Anju and the boisterous and go-getting Manju. Success came in the form of box office returns and her first Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Actor. The film also starred Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangdi in lead roles. 

7. Lamhe (1991):

In Lamhe she played another double role but it was unlike any played before. Playing both a mother and daughter, Sri managed to prove that she was an actor to reckon with as she won the Filmfare Best Actor.

8. Laadla (1994):

Sridevi played the role of the stern Sheetal bent on bringing down Anil Kapoor’s character Raju in Laadla. She did mellow in the latter part of the film and won millions of hearts with her performance.

9. Judaai (1997):

In the film, Sridevi’s character lets her husband (Anil Kapoor) marry another woman for a large sum of money. She brought her trademark energy to moments of comedy and high drama and made Judaai her last memorable performance. 

10. English Vinglish (2012):

After a 15-year long hiatus, Sridevi made a pleasant comeback at the movies with Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut English Vinglish. After receiving a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival, this charm grenade of a film won hearts at home too. Subtly performed and duly underplayed English Vinglish is undoubtedly one of Sri’s best performances till date.  

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