Sridevi, one of India’s most celebrated actresses, has died of cardiac arrest in Dubai.
“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.
Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Sridevi started acting aged four with a role in the Tamil language film, Thunaivan.
The actress made her Bollywood debut in 1979 with “Solva Sawan” (16th spring), but she made her mark in the Hindi film industry with the film “Sadma” (Shock).
She went on to become a fixture of the Indian film industry, appearing in more than 300 movies, spanning five decades, and picking up scores of awards for her performances.
Her starring role in the 1987 adventure film, Mr India, earned her superstar status in South Asia. The film was the highest grossing Indian film that year and is widely regarded as a cult classic. Her last film, MOM, was in 2017.
Other memorable films in which she appeared include Chandni, Himmatwala, ChaalBaaz, Nagina and Gumrah among others.
The Bollywood star Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2013.
Leaders and film fraternities across the country mourned the loss of the veteran actor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and tweeted: Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace.
President Ram Nath Kovind said she had left millions of fans heartbroken. “Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as Moondram Pirai, Lamhe and English Vinglish remain an inspiration for other actors. My condolences to her family and close associates,” he tweeted.
Actor Rajinikanth said he had lost a true friend and the industry, a true legend. “I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridevi … you will be missed,” he tweeted.
Actor Kamal Hasaan recalled working with Sridevi. “Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificeint lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma’s lullaby haunts me now. We’ll miss her,” he tweeted.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also expressed his condolences. “As a multi lingual actress, especially for the Telugus, she became the most favorite heroine. She remains as a proud actress of India with her unparalleled acting skills,” ANI reported him as saying.
The official twitter handle of the Congress tweeted that she was a legend who would “continue to live in our hearts”. “We regret to hear about the passing away of Sridevi. An actor par excellence. A legend who will continue to live in our hearts through her stellar body of work. Our deepest condolences to her loved ones. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the UPA Govt in 2013,” the party’s handle tweeted.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi: Shocked to hear about the sudden and untimely death of one of India’s favourite actress, Sridevi. Sridevi was an incredibly talented and versatile actress whose vast body of work spanned a range of genres and languages. My condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor quoted Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke from Sonnets to Orpheus. “Let your presence ring out like a bell into the night. And if the earthly no longer knows your name, whisper to the silent earth: I am flowing. To the flashing water say: I am,” he tweeted.
Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam tweeted: My Heartfelt Condolences to the untimely and unfortunate demise of the veteran,versatile and vibrant actress SrideviBKapoor . Her impeccable life and illustrious career has impressed every one surpassing generations! May her soul rest in peace.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said it was difficult to digest that she was not with us anymore. “I have no words to express how i feel. We have grown up seeing her. It is difficult to digest that she is not with us. My heartiest condolences to her family,” ANI reported Mr. Tendulkar as saying.
Actor Farhan Akhtar recalled his first job, working on the sets of Lamhe. “My first job in 1990 was on Lamhe and this song Megha re Megha was the very first time I saw this legendary actor create her incredible magic on screen. From Sadma to Chalbaaz, from Mr. India to Chandni, it was impossible to take your eyes off her when she appeared on screen. A true star. A gifted actor. A woman with tremendous dignity. Gone too soon. RIP Sridevi. Sad sad day,” he posted on Instagram.
Director S. S. Rajamouli: Shocked to hear the sad news. The first Lady Superstar of the Country. 50 of those 54 years as an actress par excellence. What a journey..and such an unexpected end. May your soul rest in peace. Sridevi garu
Music director A.R. Rahman tweeted his condolences, while veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “I don’t know why, I feel this strange fear.”
Union Minister Smriti Irani called Sridevi a powerhouse of acting. “Sridevi – a powerhouse of acting , a long journey embellished with success comes to a sudden end. My condolences to her loved ones and fans,” she tweeted.
Actor Radhikaa Sarathkumar who has starred with Sridevi in several films said she was an artiste par excellence. “So shocked to hear about sridevikapoor, still in shock. my heart goes out to her family. An artiste par excellence, co starred in many movies with her. Can’t believe this,” she tweeted.
Veteran director Shekhar Kapur said an era was over. “SriDevi .. gone. It’s like an era is over. Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief,” he tweeted.
Actor Sushmita Sen tweeted: “I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock…cant stop crying…”, while actor Priyanka Chopra said it was a dark day. “I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved Sridevi. A dark day. RIP.”
“Just woke up to the saddest news..Sridevi is no more amongst us..the most talented and most beautiful..no words to express the grief..my deepest condolences to the family..May the force be with them in such hard times..her childlike laughter will be missed..RIP,” tweeted actor Khushbu Sundar.
“Shocked beyond words at the passing away of SrideviBKapoor ! Each of your expression will remain etched in our mind for ever! Can’t believe you are gone, a true star among the stars!Condolences to the family. RIP SRIDEVI,” tweeted Resul Pookutty.
Actor Akshay Kumar: Shocked beyond words to hear about the sad and untimely demise of Sridevi. A dream for many, had the good fortune of sharing screen space with her long ago and witnessed her continued grace over the years. Thoughts and prayers with the family. RIP
Actor Madhavan said the film industry would never be the same again. “Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden passing away of a Legend of Indian Cinema Srideviji.Cant imagine what the family is going thru.Our industry will never be the same again.She was the kindest soul apart from being a Giant performer.The heavens are lucky. RIP,” he tweeted.
Actor Boman Irani: Just woken up to the tragic and shocking news of the passing of our dear Sridevi ji. Heartfelt condolences to Boneyji and her family.
Actor Rishi Kapoor: Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!
CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury: Actor Sridevi brought so many varied characters to life, over such a long span and in so many languages. She had so much more to do. Condolences to her near and dear ones.
Telangana Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan expressed shock at the sudden demise of Sridevi and said the film industry has suffered an irreparable loss.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said in her death, the Indian film industry had a void and left Telugu film industry in sorrow. He also conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family.
YSR Congress Party president Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock and said that the veteran actor rode the film industry like a colossus with her charm, talent and agility. “It is loss to the industry and film lovers, more so, generations of filmgoers in the country,” he said.
Actor Sridevi was a pleasing personality and had carved a niche for herself in the cine industry over 50 years. Her demise is a huge loss not only to Tamil Cine field but to the Indian Cine Industry. I extend my deep condolences to her bereaved family: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Telangana Congress President N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, actor and Janasena founder Pawan Kalyan and Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit all expressed their condolences.
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