Kolkata: Hailed as the Hindi film industry’s first female superstar Sridevi was unparalleled when it came to carrying a film entirely on her own shoulders. Irrespective of who her co-stars were, the south Indian damsel carved her niche with elegance and prowess.
Here are 5 films that won her the coinage ‘One Woman Show’:
Sadma (1983): The birthday girl was no inferior to a stalwart like Kamal Haasan in this emotional drama that propelled her to the status of an actress par excellence. Essaying the character of a girl who loses her memory, Sridevi got the accolades she deserved in this film directed by Balu Mahendra.
Chandni (1989): This Yash Chopra-directorial had Sridevi sharing screen with superstars like Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. But Sridevi being Sridevi she was successful in capturing the imagination of the audiences. The ethereal beauty she was, Sridevi simply set the screen on fire with her emotions.
Lamhe (1991): Another Yash Chopra magic on celluloid, Sridevi playing a double role traversed through two generations mesmerising us with her versatility. The film also featured a powerhouse of performers like Anil Kapoor, Waheeda Rahman and Anupam Kher. But Sridevi stood out.
Chalbaaz (1989): Helmed by Pankuj Parashar the film was a rehashed version of Ramesh Sippy’s Seeta Aur Geeta. Sridevi stepped into Hema Malini’s shoes with utmost grace. Even superstars like Rajnikanth and Sunny Deol were relegated to the back seat, such was her charisma.
English Vinglish (2012): Directed by Gauri Shinde, the film marked her comeback after a protracted hiatus. A housewife keen on picking up the English language, Sridevi’s portrayal once again substantiated her outreach to audiences cutting across boundaries.