Sridevi was one of the finest actors that the Indian cinema industry ever had. Her rise to fame is nothing short of spectacular. She is not just a name but an everlasting emotion for millions of her fans and followers.
After debuting in showbiz with Rani Mera Naam in 1972, she went on to deliver incredible 300 movies from different cinema industries and in several languages including Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu.
In the four decades of her astonishing career, she was seen in several blockbusters movies including Sadma, Nagina, Chaalbaaz, Karma, Lamhe, Laadla, Judaai, English Vinglish to name a few. Her flawless beauty and exceptional performance never failed to impress the audience in the theatres.
In the industry dominated mainly by heroes, Sridevi broke the norms and carried several movies on her shoulders. She played strong characters that inspired generations of women and continues to do so. Some of her onscreen avatars motivated the women to stand up for their beliefs. As the late legendary actress marked her birthday today, let’s take a ride through some of her strong and determined onscreen characters.
Shashi (English Vinglish)
Shashi played by Sridevi in the film titled English Vinglish is a throughout the inspiring character. She plays the role of a simple housewife who runs a beautiful family along with her food business from home. But she is often derided by her children and husband for not being able to speak English. Things changed soon when she visits the USA to attend her niece’s wedding. She decides to learn English and regain her lost confidence. It’s an incredible journey of empowerment while exploring self-love.
The story of this film is ahead of its time. Sridevi plays the role of a young, determined and strong girl named Pooja who falls in love with an elder man who had a secret crush on her now-deceased mother. Despite having an age difference, she doesn’t demur from confessing her love. She overcomes all the social norms and takes a strong stand for what she believes in.
Mom is the last Hindi language movie that she worked in before her death in 2018. Sridevi portrays the role of a determined and headstrong mother. She sets out to take revenge on her daughter’s rape in a calm and composed manner. She received much admiration and laudation from every corner for painting such a thunderous performance on the screen. Her role as Devki is among the heartening and impressive onscreen characters.
Anju & Manju (Chaalbaaz)
Sridevi has mastered the art of playing double roles on the big screen with ease. And Chaalbaaz is blockbuster evidence of her versatility. In the movie, on one hand, she plays the role of Anju who is a docile and subservient woman. While on the other hand, she portrays another character Manju who is a street-smart and strong woman with a sassy attitude.
Seema (Mr. India)
In this action-thriller, Sridevi is again caught flaunting her path-breaking role as Seema. In the film, she portrays the character of an investigative journalist who lives life on her own terms and conditions. She doesn’t shy away from accepting challenges and tricking bullies. She is a headstrong, upright, and confident woman.
Sridevi is an eternal artist. There is no other match of her serenity and divinity. The Indian cinema industry was fortunate to have a gem artist like her. She left behind a glorified body of works and legacy that will continue to entertain and encourage coming generations.