The internet started blowing up with notifications when news from Dubai flew about the death of a Diva, a Legend, Sridevi ji. A superstar of her time, Sridevi died due to ‘accidental drowning’. She was attending a family wedding with Producer husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor. If reports are to be believed, she fell into the bathtub of her room in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, lost consciousness and drowned herself. The sad news took the world by storm and Bollywood could do no more than mourning the loss of a gem.
Sridevi was a superstar in her own name. She started working when she was only 4 years old and has about 300 films to her credit. Best known for her role in movies like – Sadma, Lamhe, Mr. India and Chandni, she was not just a star in Bollywood but also a queen of the Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada film industry. Sridevi was nominated 11 times for the Filmfare Award and even bagged three to her name. Sridevi gave an array of wonderful films to the world and there would be no better tribute to her than watching these films. Here are Sridevi’s best films for you to walk down the memory lane with the Hawa Hawai of Bollywood-
The story of a young girl who gets regressed to childhood after suffering a head injury in a car crash and ends up in a brothel but is found by Kamal Hassan who is a lonely teacher and falls for her. Sridevi was highly praised for her performance as an autistic child-woman in this movie and was also nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress category.
Counted as one of the biggest hits of 1989, this movie starred Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor as the leads. This movie won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film of 1989. It is remembered mainly for Sridevi’s portrayal of the titular character and for its romanticism. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award in the Best Actress Category for this movie.
The remake of ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, this movie starred Sridevi in a double role and was the story of Anju and Manju. Anju, on one hand, was badly treated and abused by her uncle whereas Manju was street smart. The movie is a timeless comedy and is counted among Sridevi’s finest performances till date. It was one of the biggest critically and commercially successful films of 1989.
Often regarded as Yash Chopra’s finest films, ‘Lamhe’ is a total classic. This movie won Sridevi the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Despite being hugely authentic, this movie could not do too well for itself at the Box Office but emerged in flying colors in the UK. A personal favorite of the Late Yash Chopra, this movie went on to win various other awards.
5. MR. INDIA
A cult classic by Subhash Ghai, this movie was the highest grossing movie of 1986. Widely known for its dialogue ‘Mogambo Khush Hua’, this movie is one of its kind. This movie is the best movie to reminisce Sridevi because it has her performance as Miss Hawa Hawaii. This movie set the bar too high for other Bollywood movies whether it be dialogues, music or acting. It has also been featured in various lists of top Bollywood movies.
Other Sridevi movies which are also an absolute delight to watch are –
- Khuda Gawah
- English Vinglish