Sridevi made her debut on silver screen at the age of four in Tamil movie Thoonaivan. But it was only after five years, that she gained commercial success with Jeetendra-starrer "Himmatwala". She was one of the most sought-after artistes in the film industry. Sridevi has acted with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan and other superstars. The actor is also a known face in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in 2013. She is survived by her husband, Boney Kapoor, and two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi. Several members of the film fraternity and fans took to Twitter to express their shock and grief.
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Bollywood icon Sridevi, whose death in Dubai last evening has shocked the nation, had no history of heart ailment, her brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor has said. The 54-year-old had collapsed in her hotel room in Dubai on Saturday evening and a medical team had failed to revive her. She was declared dead when she was taken to the hospital. The doctors said she had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta says he was planning to approach Sridevi for his project, and has now decided to dedicate the project to her. "There will never be another Sridevi. I was about to approach her for a film. That film will now be dedicated to her. If it finds an actor," he said.
"Her contribution transcended Bollywood, since she also starred in many Tamil, Telugu and other regional language films. In this sense, she symbolised Indian cinema's great role in national integration," the former deputy prime minster said.
Congress tweet claiming credit over giving the Padma Sri to Sridevi in 2013 draws criticism. Official twitter handle of the party posts message, then deletes it
A tweet posted late Saturday night by actor Amitabh Bachchan is sending shivers up social media's spine. Amitabh Bachchan made a special appearance in 2012's English Vinglish, the film that marked Sridevi's return to screen after a hiatus of many years.
Sridevi's sudden passing away has left me in deep shock. Can't imagine how such a bubbly person, a wonderful actor, is no more.She has left a void in the industry that cannot be filled. Boney is a good friend & I've seen their daughters grow up. My prayers are with the family🙏- Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) February 25, 2018
Shocked to hear about the sudden and untimely death of one of India's favourite actress, Sridevi.- Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 25, 2018
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.
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
- Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) February 25, 2018
Sridevi - a powerhouse of acting , a long journey embellished with success comes to a sudden end. My condolences to her loved ones and fans.
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
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
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
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
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: PM @narendramodi- PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 25, 2018
- Congress (@INCIndia) February 25, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/kZYrYYyrlI
Really enjoyed meeting Bollywood icon Sri Devi on my recent trip to India. So sad to hear the news of the death of such a terrifically talented actress, performer and producer. #SriDevipic.twitter.com/5wDvH8xUwD- Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 24, 2018
"The screen is blurry. Gutted!" said actress Richa Chadha on Twitter.
Oh man!The screen is blurry. Gutted! Was so excited after Mom and English Vinglish,that we'd see more of her.Childhood,love,inspiration. Gone too soon... legend. Exceptional talent. #RIPSridevi 💔this loss feels personal.- TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 24, 2018
I am at a loss for words & jolted as if struck by lightening at this late hour of the night to learn about the shocking & tragic news & untimely demise of #Sridevi ji. Heartbroken. She was India's sweetheart, an incredible artiste & a beautiful human being. Gone too soon. RIP.🙏 pic.twitter.com/VEIveFY4tw- Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) 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
I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP- PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
Ye Lamhe , ye pal hum har pal yaad karenge.. ye mausam chale gaye toh hum fariyad karenge.. #RIPSridevi- PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018