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Sridevi@50: 10 things you didn't know

Sridevi@50: 10 things you didn't know

Sridevi turns 50 today

Highlights

  • As Sridevi celebrates her 50th birthday, we bring you a special gift. Here are 10 things about Sridevi that only a true fan would know.
  • 1.Sridevi was the second choice for two of her most important films - Nagina was to be made with Jaya Prada and Chandni with Rekha.
  • 2.Hrithik Roshan had his first speaking role opposite Sridevi, in Bhagwan Dada which starred his father Rakesh Roshan and Rajinikanth and in which he had a small role as a child artist.
  • 3.Sridevi also sang playback in a handful of films, including Sadma (Ek Dafa Ek Jungle Tha with Kamal Haasan) and Chandni (the title song with Jolly Mukherjee).
  • 4.Sridevi spells her name Sreedevi but has never had it corrected in film credits and magazine articles.
  • 5.When Sridevi first started out in Bollywood, she couldn't speak Hindi and had her voice dubbed, mostly by yesteryear actress Naaz. Rekha dubbed for Sridevi in 1986 film Akhree Raasta. Sridevi began using her own voice after Chandni.
  • 6.Sridevi and Jaya Prada were arch-rivals and shared frosty relations. While shooting 1984 film Maqsad, actors Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra reportedly locked Sridevi and Jaya Prada into a make-up room in the hope they would make up. They unlocked the door two hours later to find the actresses sitting at opposite ends in stony silence.
  • 7.Sridevi was originally cast in a dual role in Baazigar but the role was rewritten and cast with Kajol and Shilpa Shetty because the makers felt viewers would not sympathize with Shah Rukh Khan's character if he "killed" Sridevi.
  • 8.Sridevi shot for the hit song Na Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai from ChaalBaaz with a fever of 103 degrees. Her performance won her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
  • 9.Sridevi's father died while she was shooting Yash Chopra's Lamhe in London. Professional to the core, she flew home and then returned to work to shoot a comedy sequence with co-star Anupam Kher. 10.Sridevi's first encounter with K Raghavendra Rao, the director who made her a star, was as a child actor when she was hit by a car while filming a scene that required her to cross a road. Her injuries were minor but Mr Rao, then an assistant director, carried the young Sridevi in his arms to the doctor. Years later, he cast her in Padaharella Vayasu which made her a Telugu star, and then in Himmatwala which made her a Bollywood star.
New Delhi: As Sridevi celebrates her 50th birthday, we bring you a special gift. Here are 10 things about Sridevi that only a true fan would know.

1.Sridevi was the second choice for two of her most important films - Nagina was to be made with Jaya Prada and Chandni with Rekha.

2.Hrithik Roshan had his first speaking role opposite Sridevi, in Bhagwan Dada which starred his father Rakesh Roshan and Rajinikanth and in which he had a small role as a child artist.

3.Sridevi also sang playback in a handful of films, including Sadma (Ek Dafa Ek Jungle Tha with Kamal Haasan) and Chandni (the title song with Jolly Mukherjee).

4.Sridevi spells her name Sreedevi but has never had it corrected in film credits and magazine articles.

5.When Sridevi first started out in Bollywood, she couldn't speak Hindi and had her voice dubbed, mostly by yesteryear actress Naaz. Rekha dubbed for Sridevi in 1986 film Akhree Raasta. Sridevi began using her own voice after Chandni.

6.Sridevi and Jaya Prada were arch-rivals and shared frosty relations. While shooting 1984 film Maqsad, actors Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra reportedly locked Sridevi and Jaya Prada into a make-up room in the hope they would make up. They unlocked the door two hours later to find the actresses sitting at opposite ends in stony silence.

7.Sridevi was originally cast in a dual role in Baazigar but the role was rewritten and cast with Kajol and Shilpa Shetty because the makers felt viewers would not sympathize with Shah Rukh Khan's character if he "killed" Sridevi.

8.Sridevi shot for the hit song Na Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai from ChaalBaaz with a fever of 103 degrees. Her performance won her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

9.Sridevi's father died while she was shooting Yash Chopra's Lamhe in London. Professional to the core, she flew home and then returned to work to shoot a comedy sequence with co-star Anupam Kher. 10.Sridevi's first encounter with K Raghavendra Rao, the director who made her a star, was as a child actor when she was hit by a car while filming a scene that required her to cross a road. Her injuries were minor but Mr Rao, then an assistant director, carried the young Sridevi in his arms to the doctor. Years later, he cast her in Padaharella Vayasu which made her a Telugu star, and then in Himmatwala which made her a Bollywood star.