Rajinikanth on Sridevi's demise: I've lost a dear friend

Sridevi passes away

Rajinikanth on Sridevi's demise: I've lost a dear friend

Sridevi had co-starred with Kamal Haasan in films like Sadma, Moondru Mudichu, Nirakudam and Guru. She was not comfortable with Hindi and initially her dialogues were all dubbed by other actors. Until then, Sridevi had been playing glamorous roles and her transformation in Moondram Pirai was a revelation. On Sunday, when from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to actress-politician Hema Malini mourned the death of Sridevi, it's her fans who are going to miss her the most. There was a scene in which she was supposed to be crossing a road and during shooting, she was hit by a auto. So, "Sridevi" became an accepted spelling of her name everywhere. It will not be an exaggeration to say that during her peak she was the "female Amitabh Bachchan".

Sridevi's performance is filled with infectious joy, of beating up evil family members (like Shakti Kapoor), hitting back when attacked, and toying with Deol as she dominates the film in a double role.

In 1969, a movie titled Thunaivan released in which a bubbly small girl made her debut as child artiste in it. In one of Mr India's famous sequences, Seema (Sridevi) has infiltrated the villain's den but, in her quest for disguise, finds herself as the lead performer in the evening's entertainment. An actor - gender no bar - today would happily settle for Sridevi's career in a single language from that list.

"She was both attractive and talented". I was astounded by her climb and every step of it she worked for. Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu is the film that offered her maximum space to exhibit her talents. "She had in her the elements of Savithiri, who matched Sivaji Ganesan as the performing artist, and Padmini, a great dancer and performer", said writer Mathimaran, who has written extensively about Sridevi. Her Himmatwala with Jeetu Ji was heavily criticised but over the years it has become a cult movie and was remade recently starring Ajay Devgn and Tamannah. "I think that's a great lullaby for this talented, attractive Sridevi", he said. "May her soul rest in peace and my condolences to Boney Kapoor and her family", he added. She visited the city as part of the movie's promotions and was one of the chief guests at the movie's audio launch that took place at a posh hotel in Chennai. She was courteous and loved her work a lot.

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