Bollywood Diva Sridevi Passes Away In Dubai Due To Massive Heart Attack
Veteran Bollywood actor and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away. She was 54.
Sridevi, died late in the night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. Confirming the news, a source close to the family said, “Yes it’s true. She was in Dubai while some of the other family members came back to India. We hear it’s cardiac arrest.”
While some of her family members returned from Dubai after the wedding, Sridevi, Boney and her younger daughter Khushi stayed back. Her elder daughter Janhvi did not accompany the family due to her shooting schedule.
A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”.
But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala” that she gained commercial success. Her beguiling eyes, scintillating screen presence and acting prowess soon made her one of the most sought-after artistes in the Hindi film industry.
In an impressive career, spanning five-decades, the actor ruled the commercial cinema space in the ’80s and ’90s like no heroine had done before. In an industry dominated by male superstars, Sridevi reversed the trend by her sheer acting prowess. Her name, most of the times, was a guarantee enough for a film’s success.
An extremely shy person in real life, Sridevi came alive in front of the cameras, playing a variety of roles. Such was her popularity that her style and dance moves would be copied by her fans country over. She was ‘Miss Hawa Hawaaii’ and ‘Chandni’ for them. Sridevi started acting at the age of four and made her debut with M A Thirumugham’s “Thunaivan”. She continued acting in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films but it was her career in Bollywood that made her a household name in the country.
She made her Bollywood debut as a child artiste in 1975 hit “Julie” but continued ruling the South Indian film industry where she established herself as a leading heroine with films such as “16 Vayathinile”, “Sigappu Rojakkal”, “Meendum Kokila” and “Moondram Pirai”.
In Bollywood, she made her debut in 1978 as a lead actor in “Solva Sawan”.
She gained commercial success with the 1983 film “Himmatwala” opposite Jeetendra, which also established her as one of the best dancers in cinema. She was grace-personified dressed as an apsara (a celestial beauty in Hindu mythology) performing on the hit track ‘Nainon mein sapna’.
The year 1983 also saw Sridevi give stellar performances in both critically acclaimed and box-office hits such as “Sadma”, where she played the role of a woman who loses her memory. Both she and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan played the roles in the Hindi remake of their 1982 Tamil movie, “Moondram Pirai”. The climax of the heart-wrenching movie was deemed as poetic as the entire plot, with the song ‘Ae zindagi gale laga le’ as an ode to the philosophy of uncertainty in life.
Sridevi followed it up with a number of commercial hits such as “Mawaali”, “Tohfa”, “Masterji” and “Nazrana”. In 1987 came Shekhar Kapur’s “Mr India”, a film which was produced by her future husband Boney Kapoor.
Sridevi gave a memorable performance as crime reporter Seema Sohni. She was one of the few female actors who left the audience spellbound with both her comic timing and sensuality. How her undercover scribe transformed into Ms Hawa Hawaaii, thanks to her dancing skills in one of the popular songs, is one of the most memorable scenes of the film. Those expressive eyes and the mischievous smile sent hearts aquiver and lit up the cinema screens, making Sridevi Bollywood’s first female superstar.
Owing to the cult status the song went on to achieve, the Kavita Krishnamurthy number has been recreated a number of times in films such as “Shaitan” and most recently in Vidya Balan’s “Tumhari Sulu”. And so will ‘Kaate nahi kat-te’, an iconic sultry number which saw the actor romance an invisible man in a song revelling in a never-before-seen boldness and fantasy.
Filmmaker Yash Chopra cast her in the title role of “Chandni” in the 1989 film, another iconic film of her career. Such was her performance in the film that fans came to recognise her with the name of Chandni. Impressed with her performance in the film, Chopra cast her again in “Lamhe” in a dual role, where she played the mother and the daughter. It did not do well at the box office at that time but has come to be known one the best films of Sridevi, Chopra and Anil Kapoor’s careers. The film was said to be ahead of its times as it dealt with a woman falling for an older man who is in love with her dead mother.
Her other major box office hits of the era were “Chaalbaaz”, where she played the role of twins, “Nagina”, and “Khuda Gawah” opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Her pairing with Anil Kapoor, her “Mr India” co-star and brother-in-law, was particularly successful and she would work with him again in “Laadla” and “Judaai”. After “Judaai”, Sridevi took a break from acting to focus on her marriage with Boney Kapoor. She had two daughters — Janhvi and Khushi — with Kapoor.
She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring in home production — “Judaai” — co-starring her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar. It was director Gauri Shinde’s “English Vinglish” in 2012 that marked Sridevi’s comeback.
Her nuanced performance as a middle-class woman, learning to speak English to feel accepted by her family, won accolades, and the film was also a commercial success.
Last year, she was seen in revenge-drama — “Mom” — opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film — “Zero” — which releases in December.
But by the time she made her entry into Bollywood, the actor was a known face in South Indian films. She made her debut in Tamil films as a child artiste with “Thunaivan” in 1969. As an adult, she debuted in Tamil cinema in late 70s. She also worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films.
Besides Boney and Khushi, she is survived by older daughter Janhvi Kapoor, who is currently working towards making her entry into the Hindi cinema. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney had from late first wife Mona.
The actor’s elder daughter Janhvi is on the cusp of her own cinematic journey with “Dhadak”, a remake of the Marathi blockbuster “Sairat”. Unfortunately, Sridevi will not be there to witness it.
Condolences started pouring in on social media as the news of the actor’s death spread.
Priyanka Chopra: I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP
I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) February 25, 2018
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 #RIPSridev … you will be missed.
— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) February 25, 2018
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
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 25, 2018
Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) February 25, 2018
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. #Sridevi
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 25, 2018
SHOCKING. JOLTED. Am I having a horrible dream. Sridevi no more? This is SO SO SAD. AND SO SO NOT FAIR. One of the most brilliant, elegant and talented actresses ever. The queen of Indian cinema. And a friend. Worked with her in so many movies. So many amazing memories…..
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 25, 2018
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 25, 2018
Shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely demise of one of Hindi cinema’s greatest superstars. I grew up on her movies. She will always be one of my favourite actors of all time. May her soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to her family. RIP #Sridevi
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) February 25, 2018
Nothing makes sense. I have no words.. just completely shocked. RIP Sri Devi. My icon forever. Love you.
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) February 25, 2018
Shocked. Just can’t believe it. Heartbroken beyond words can express. 1 of my favorites…1 of my inspirations while growing up… just can’t believe it. RIP Sri Devi ji. Condolences to the whole family.
— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) February 25, 2018
An icon,legend and superstar actor who was a big inspiration for me. Really shocked with this news. She was always so nice and encouraging. RIP srideviji. Prayers pic.twitter.com/IGoQlD6Txy
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 25, 2018
Terrible terrible news…. Am shocked beyond words. SRIDEVI ji No More … 🙏🏽 RIP
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 24, 2018
I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock…cant stop crying…
— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) February 24, 2018
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) February 24, 2018
— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 24, 2018
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 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2018
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 25, 2018
She never seemed to age, and now she is suddenly gone. We grew up watching her, and she was still going strong. Can’t believe she’s not there anymore. God bless her soul. #sridevi
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) February 25, 2018
Heartbreaking. #Sridevi ji was a megastar in her own right. She put the early cracks in the glass ceiling, & paved the way for female megastars that came after her. Her re-invention & comeback has been brilliant too. We lost more than a star, today. We lost a pioneer.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) February 25, 2018
Woke up to the shocking news about #Sridevi ji. In complete disbelief! Gone too soon. Rest in Peace.
— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) February 25, 2018
Just can’t believe somebody so powerful and pure to have passed. Rest in peace #Sridevi ji 🙏 so saddened to hear this, condolences to the family 😔🙏
— Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) February 25, 2018
Shocked stunned. Still see her laughing talking. Unbelievable. Actor par excellence. A school in herself.. learnt so much from her. Still can’t believe it . A huge loss. #Sridevi
— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) February 25, 2018
Very sad to hear about Srideviji. We’ve had a long association. My deepest condolences to her family.
— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) February 25, 2018
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) February 25, 2018
Rajkummar Rao: Can’t believe it, my most fav actress #Sridevi ji is no more. It’s a huge loss. Met her so many times in last couple of months and she was always so kind and gracious. You’ll be missed ma’am. We all love you and very proud of you and your achievements.
Raveena Tandon: Woken up to Absolute Shock and Disbelief ! Tragic news ! Im at a loss of words,can’t comprehend this at all! Why? Gone Too soon ,Sri , my heart goes out to Boneyji,jahnvi and Khushi at this moment. Condolences and Prayers . #sridevi
Mahira Khan: So grateful to have grown up and lived in the times of #sridevi . Thank you for the movies, thank you for the magic. You shall live on forever..
Aditi Rao Hydari: Shaken and shocked beyond words… RIP #Sridevi ji… she will truly shine forever… prayers and condolences to her family and fans…
Kumar Sanu: Shocked by the news! Condolences to the family. RIP #Sridevi ji!
Hansika Motwani: Shocked ! I can’t even believe this … this can’t be true . Still in shock . This is the darkest day in Indian cinema . A legend , A true star , an act par excellence , any amount of words will fall flat to express the demise of #sridevi ji , gone too soon .
Ajay Devgn: Still can’t believe it. She was truly iconic. Shocked. #Sridevi
Nawazuddin Siddiqui: It’s a heart breaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams – World losses the best performer – Condolences to the Family. Rest in Peace #Sridevi Ji
Neeti Mohan: #Sridevi Ji Can’t believe you have left us. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family 🙏🏼 Thank you for your magic at the movies. You taught us how it’s done.
Kajal Aggarwal: Extremely sad and shocked to hear about the sudden demise of my most favourite actor and role model, #Sridevi Ma’am.. this must be so difficult, my heartfelt condolences to the family 😢 #RIPSridevi #gonetoosoon #heartbreaking
Mahesh Babu: Shocked & disturbed with the news of #Sridevi garu’s demise. She truly was the epitome of everything amazing as an actor & a woman. My all time favourite actress.. Gone too soon. Strength to her family & loved ones. May her soul Rest in Peace.
Shruti Seth: RIP #Sridevi My love & condolences to her family. Finding it hard to articulate my shock and sadness.
Rohan Mehra: Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of versatile actor #Sridevi Ma’am.. Her contribution to Hindi cinema is unparallel and will be remembered for generations to come. My condolences to her family and countless admirers.
Harshita Gaur: One of the most vibrant actress has gone leaving behind a legacy that will continue forever. Condolences to the family. RIP #Sridevi
Ashutosh Gowariker: Did not know that GODDESSES can be no more!! Just CANNOT believe it!! RIP #Sridevi ji ! My deepest condolences to Boney ji and family!!
Jackie Shroff: Deeply saddened and shocked to hear about the untimely demise of #Sridevi ji.. my condolences to the family. R.I.P
Vivek Oberoi: A legend, an enigma, a superstar whose brilliance dazzled us for decades, goes back to the heavens where she came from! RIP #Sridevi ji, you will live forever in our hearts..
Johny Lever: Had met #Sridevi ji last month at the Mumbai Police show, and like always she had a beautiful smile on her face and we spoke in our mother tongue Telugu…A great actress and a lovely person, she will be deeply missed. #RIP
Dulquer Salmaan: Heartbroken ! Last met her at MAMI and the Antilla party that followed. Stunning as ever, this is how I first met #Sridevi Ma’am 😞😞 #RIP
Bhumi Pednekar: RIP #sridevi ma’http://am.It truly is a dark day.Just can’t believe it.Its end of an era.50 years of such splendid http://work.You inspired so many Ma’am.A big big http://loss.My condolences to the family
Vindu Dara Singh: Ask any person of our time who is their fav actress and you will get only one answer – SRIDEVI 🙏 An role model of all new actors! Decades of ruling the industry & one becomes a LEGEND! It’s a tragedy to witness a SUPERSTAR LEGEND pass away! #RIPSridevi
Neil Nitin Mukesh: Omg. The saddest news I have heard I had the honour of meeting her and talking to her at length just recently #RIPSridevi ji you have been and will always be my favourite. @SrideviBKapoor @BoneyKapoor My Heartfelt condolences to the family.
Dia Mirza: Growing up in the 80’s meant #Sridevi was a part of life… dancing to her songs “mere hathon mein nau nau choodiyan hain”, “na jaane kahan se aayi hain” to “bijli girane mein hoon aayi” and so many more… her powerful performance in Sadma had an indelible impact on me. Her presence on screen and her powerful performances don’t need a visual visit to remember…one can just see her. In all those films… Many years later when I met her I remember thinking how quiet and shy she was in person… how she transformed for the camera! Srideviji was a graceful, gentle and warm person. She had always had something nice to say whenever we met… I was lucky to have grown up watching her magic on screen and luckier to have met her… she is a legend.
Rakesh Roshan: Saddened & shocked #Sridevi God give strength to family for untimely demise. RIP
Divya Dutta: Its a huge loss!! The more I think of it, the more the disbelief! It’s not sinking.#sridevi
Divya Khosla Kumar: She was n will always remain my favourite actress … My heart pains with grief while I’ve spent the whole night crying …. Indian film Industry has today been left with a huge void n so has been my heart. RIP #Sridevi ji
Ameesha Patel: Shocked, disturbed and saddened to hear of #Sridevi ji’s demise… Just can’t believe it…R.I.P
Sivakarthikeyan: Rest in Peace #Sridevi Mam.. Mam u wil be remembered forever�
Arav: Rest in peace #Sridevi mam..Deepest condolences to her family..
Nagarjuna Akkineni: I have been trying all morning to gather myself to face the truth of dear #sridevi leaving us,trying to believe it’s just a bad dream/memories of her just keep coming back and I don’t know whether to smile or cry. We love you dear Sridevi 🙏#RIPSridevi
Asjad Nazir: Embrace your loved ones & if you have fallen out with someone who matters reach out to them. Life is short & the precious moments we have shouldn’t be taken for granted or wasted. ❤️ #ThoughtOfTheDay #Sridevi #sundaythoughts. #Sridevi was just four years old when she acted in her first film, so was marking 50 years as an actress this year. Here is the poster of her first film. What an amazing life she had. #RIPSridevi. When #Sridevi first entered #Bollywood no one wanted to work with her & they looked down on her for not being able to speak Hindi properly. She worked hard, learned a new language, rose up to become the biggest star & showed us all we should never give up in life
Ravi Kishan: It’s shocking it’s shocking very sad very sad news #Sridevi no more ..I’m her biggest fan from #himmatwala to English vinglish n mom ..RIP
Arshad Warsi: This is too sudden & unexpected. #Sridevi no more, just sounds wrong. So young and so much more talent yet to be explored… RIP Sridevi…
Jaaved Jaaferi: Shocked and devastated. An amazing talent and my favourite performer passes on. A tremendous loss to the industry. “Bijli giraane main hoon aayi, kehte hain mujhko hawa Hawaii” RIP dear #Sridevi.
Anusha: I just can’t believe it’s true… All my love & strength to the family. As gorgeous as an Angel & now amidst them. RIP #Sridevi
Ronit Roy: I knew you as a wonderful soul , a kindered spirit and I deeply grieve your passing Sridevi Ma’am. R.I.P. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers with the family, especially Jhanvi and Khushi.
Rohit Roy: Been an hour since I recvd this terribly tragic and rather unbelievable news of #sridevi ji’s passing… still holding my phone in some kind of hope tht the news is a hoax or a fake 😢 RIP
Nimrat Kaur: Absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of #Sridevi. What a dark black terrible moment in time. Gutted.
Tamannaah Bhatia: There’s nothing more heartbreaking than losing someone you look up to tremendously. Sridevi was the magic that made us believe in the beauty of cinema. Still can’t believe she’s no more. Darkest day for cinema. RIP #Sridevi
Diana Penty: Can’t believe this tragic news. I will always remember those beautiful eyes, that kind smile and gentle heart. We will miss you 💔 #Sridevi ji. Strength and peace to the family.
Saiyami Kher: Still in complete disbelief. So shocked 😔 #Sridevi Ji
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi: Im in shock. Havent been able to move since i heard the news of #Sridevi passing on. Theres a pit in my stomach. Shes been a part of India’s collective consciousness for generations. Its like a part of all of us has died with her. RIP angel – go drop that bijli on the heavens now
AANAND L RAI: End of an era….Big vacuum….Legend gone….Sad day for Indian cinema. Still can’t believe it. RIP #Sridevi ma’am. We will miss you. 🙏
Elli AvrRam: Icon❤️ I’m still not able to believe and accept this… you left us too soon …. May your soul rest in peace… #SriDevi …
Huma Qureshi: She made a whole generation of girls want to dance and wear pretty things .. She enacted the most glamorous and most complex characters with such ease.. She made me want to become an actor .. #Sridevi maam RIP 💙
Gurmeet Choudhary: A beauty a vibrant soul so active so successful!! Life is unpredictable, unjust. So shocking!! Still can’t believe!! May god give her family strength to cope with this huge loss. A LEGEND IS GONE. Rip #sridevi ji 💔
Saqib Saleem: Too much of a shock to hear this. Unbelievable how life changes in the blink of a second. You were the life of the screen. And you will remain so forever. Stay happy, wherever you are. RIP #Sridevi ma’am.
Neha Kakkar: Life is so short to have Grudges, Hatred, Jealousy. Forget all the Negativity and Spread Love & Happiness coz eventually we’re all gonna die! #SadTruth 😔 RIP Queen #Sridevi 😢
Parineeti Chopra: CANNOT believe it. How can this happen? I have had the honour to be around in the industry at the same time as you ma’am. You were a true heroine. An inspiration. RIP ❤️ #sridevi
Krish: Just Can’t believe the News… It is Shocking to all of us… It’s a huge huge loss… My sincere condolences and Prayers to the family.. May u Rest in Peace #sridevi Ma’am.
Sonu Kakkar: Deeply saddened and heartbroken to know about the untimely demise of my most fav actress Sridevi.. What an actress she was…Oh my god !! Shocked like hell.. You will be terribly missed Sri ji 😢….RIP #Sridevi
Kamaal Khan: Certain memories will remain forever like the first time I met #Sridevi ji. Very sad day. My condolences to Boney sir & family #RIPSridevi
Evelyn Sharma: “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) 🌻🌾#Sridevi We will remember you forever for your beautiful grace and amazing talent… Love and prayers 🙏♥ E
Simran Kaur Mundi: Shocked, saddened and heartbroken 😔😪 I seriously still can’t believe it.. love you forever .. may you rest in peace #Sridevi 🙏
Celina Jaitly: A goodbye isn’t painful unless you know you’re never going to say hello again.Still in #shock over #Sridevi ji’s tragic demise.The star now shines in divine light😢🙏🏼
Akriti Kakar: I can’t even imagine what her daughters must be feeling .. I’m just a fan like millions of others .. and I can’t stop searching for her pictures and songs and watching them constantly.. #sridevi #rip you’ll always be loved
Sophie Choudry: Grew up watching her.. these images forever etched in my mind. She was my favourite actress & each time I met her, I fell more in love with her.Can’t believe I have to use the past tense💔 Can still hear her voice, her laugh. This is how I want to remember her. #sridevi #legend
Baba Sehgal: Chandni ki mithai aur Chaalbaaz ki gravy, You left very young very early #Sridevi, You had the courage to say no to Hollywood, You gave your dedication & passion to Bollywood.. RIP🙏
Adnan Sami: Such moments are monumental reminders as to how fragile & unpredictable life & mortality can be. Thus we must make the most of our lives while we are blessed with opportunity & embrace life with happiness, gratefulness & forgiveness… Farewell dear #Sridevi ji.🙏💙
Asjad Nazir: In 1996 #ShahRukhKhan had become a global superstar, but agreed to do a cameo in #Sridevi film Army because he was a huge fan of hers. That sums up how the film fraternity feels about the actress. Just like the public, they are Sridevi fans too. #sridevideath #RIPSridevi
Shilpa Shinde: She feeds us, teaches us, loves us, spends time with us. When she leaves us, she lives on through us. Loss of a Mother can never be recompensed, Jahnvi and Khushi your loss has left all of us deeply saddened Rest In Peace Srideviji 😔
Shikhar Dhawan: Very saddened by the news of Srideviji passing away. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.#RIPSridevi
Kriti Sanon: Shocked!! Life is so damn unpredictable!! She was too young to leave us.. Just cant believe it! Such a huge loss.. Condolences to the family and friends.. RIP #Srideviji
Jimmy Sheirgill: Shocked!! Life is so damn unpredictable!! She was too young to leave us.. Just cant believe it! Such a huge loss.. Condolences to the family and friends.. RIP #Srideviji
Gauahar Khan: Sad sad sad!!!! 💔💔💔💔💔💔 #srideviji an inspiration to So many…. Its sucha strange feeling… Prayers n strength to the family🙏🏼
The ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood Hema Malini said her death is a big loss to the Indian film industry. ‘The news has left me in deep shock. She was a wonderful actress, who, through her talent, inspired and influenced so many people. It is a big loss for Bollywood,’ Malini told ANI.
Mourning the demise, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said he cannot believe the veteran actress is no more. ‘The entire nation is shocked. I still can’t believe it that Sridevi ji is no more. She had done countless legendary roles, it’s very very sad,’ Bhandarkar told ANI.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit paid his condolences to the family and said, ‘Whatever movies she did, her performances were unmatched. My heartfelt condolences to her family. The entire industry is in ‘Sadma’ by hearing this news.’
Veteran actor Ranjeet said the ‘Chandni’ of Bollywood was ‘a humble and beautiful lady.’
‘Unbelievable. She was a humble and beautiful lady. She was an amazing artist who had the ability to convey everything through her eyes. It feels like we are all in an airport departure lounge waiting for our announcements,’ the 71-year-old told ANI.
Actor Annu Kapoor said he wanted to accept the news of Sridevi’s demise as a ‘rumour’.
‘I wanted to accept it as a rumour, but in the end it was a reality. Wherever she is, may her soul rest in peace. Our prayers are with her family. Nation mourns, she was a heartthrob for cinema lovers. We will always remember her,’ Kapoor said.
Inarguably, Sridevi was the first pan-India female superstar to rule the 1980s. Melody queen Mangeshkar, who lent her voice to Sridevi in memorable songs such as “Mere haathon mein”,”Morni baaga maa”, “Kabhi main kahoon” and “Nainon mein sapna”, tweeted her condolences. “I can’t believe Sridevi has left the world at such a young age.
“I’m at a loss of words. My condolences to Boney Kapoor and their two daughters,” she wrote. Legendary singer Asha Bhosle also paid homage to the actor.
“Very sad to hear about Srideviji. We’ve had a long association. My deepest condolences to her family,” Bhosle wrote, who playbacked for Sridevi in “Chandni” song “Parbat se kaali ghata takraee”.
Actor Vidya Balan, for whose recent release “Tumhari Sulu” Sridevi’s hit number “Hawa Hawaaii” was recreated, wrote on social media: “My inspiration is no more…”
Hrithik wrote Sridevi was an admiration for him as a child actor, who gave his first acting shot in film “Bhagwaan Dada” (1986). “I loved her, admired her so much. My first ever acting shot was with Sridevi, I was nervous in front of her and I remember her shaking her hands pretending to be nervous cause of me just to boost my confidence. We had to laugh, and she kept laughing until I got it right. Will miss you mam,” he posted a still from the film with the actor.
Actor Chiranjeevi in a video message said, “The sudden demise of Sridevi is very sad for the Indian film industry. I extend my deep felt condolences to her family members. “She was a great actor and she will live forever in the hearts of her fans and her memories shall live as long as the film industry lives,” he said. “She dedicated her life for the art,” said Chiranjeevi, who acted opposite Sridevi in the 1990 blockbuster film “Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari”.
Nagarjuna Akkineni tweeted, “I have been trying all morning to gather myself to face the truth of dear #sridevi leaving us, trying to believe it’s just a bad dream/memories of her just keep coming back and I don’t know whether to smile or cry. We love you dear Sridevi #RIPSridevi.” The actor had worked with Sridevi in the 1988 Telugu action-blockbuster “Aakhari Poratam” among others.
S S Rajamouli also mourned the demise of “the first Lady Superstar of the Country”. “Shocked to hear the sad news… 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,” he wrote.
Sridevi’s “Chaalbaaz” co-star Sunny Deol wrote a heartfelt dedication to the actor on social media. “The moment the camera rolled SHREE would light up the floor… We did a few films together and I enjoyed working with her though we rarely spoke. I am going to miss her,” Sunny tweeted alongside a photograph of the legend.
Kajol, like many, is inconsolable and called Sridevi’s death a major loss to the Indian cinema. “Shocked stunned. Still see her laughing talking. Unbelievable. Actor par excellence. A school in herself… learnt so much from her. Still can’t believe it. A huge loss. #Sridevi,” she wrote on Twitter.
Actor Mohit Marwah, Sridevi’s nephew for whose wedding the actor had gone to Dubai, took to Instagram to pay his respects to the actor. “You were more than a legend. Your vacuum will always be felt,” he wrote alongside a picture.
Director-producer Karan Johar recalled having a fan moment when he first met the superstar on the sets of his father’s film “Gumrah”. “Every time I met her I had a star-struck moment and a fanboy vibe… I don’t think I can believe it… Perhaps I don’t think I want to believe that she is no more… She is a huge reason I love the movies… I feel like Indian cinema just lost its smile… The heavens are fortunate they just inherited a gift of life… Heartbroken…” he wrote on Instagram.
Anushka Sharma tweeted, “I am shocked. I have no words. My condolences to the family, friends and fans of cinemas darling… Sridevi ji.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who worked with Sridevi in her last release “Mom”, also mourned his co-stars death. “It’s a heartbreaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams – World loses the best performer – Condolences to the Family. Rest in Peace #Sridevi Ji,” he tweeted.
Actor-director Farhan Akhtar recounted working with Sridevi on his first job in the 1990 film “Lamhe”. “… This song ‘Megha re Megha’ was the very first time I saw this legendary actor create her incredible magic on screen. From ‘Sadma’ to ‘Chaalbaaz’, 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 wrote on Instagram.