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Oye Oye Oye Oye Oye Oye,
Lak chiki lak chiki chiki lak chum chum,
Mein khwabo ki shahazadi, mein hun har dil pe chhai,
Baadal hain meri zulfein, bijlee meri angdai,
Bijlee girane mein hu aayi, kehte hain mujhko Hawa Hawai –
When you hum the words “Hawa Hawai”, it conjures a picture of the iconic Bollywood actor’s style in a cornucopia headgear in one of the popular film “Mr India”.
Bollywood’s first female superstar and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away on 24 February 2018 at the age of 54 and left the nation reeling in shock and disbelief. The star breathed her last in the bathtub of her hotel room of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai. The autopsy report cited ‘accidental drowning’ as the cause of death, whereas earlier it was reported cardiac arrest. May her soul rest in peace.
Tributes and condolences have poured in from fans, film stars and public personalities to the family. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians also shared their shock and offered their sympathies to the family.
The Maharashtra government accorded actress Sridevi full state honours at her funeral draping her body in the Tricolour and a gun salute before the cremation.
The Kapoor, Ayyappan and Marwah families issued a statement after the cremation of Sridevi on 28 February and urged the media to respect their privacy and allow them the space to grieve. “The past few days have been trying times for us as a family……We laid to rest a beautiful soul…. with talent undeniable, beauty unmatched and ability to connect with the audience legendary,” the statement said.
Sridevi was married to a bollywood film producer Boney Kapoor and have two beautiful daughters, Janhvi and Khushi. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney Kapoor had from late first wife Mona.
Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan professionally known as Sridevi was born on 13 August 1963 in Sivakasi, Madras (now Tamil Nadu). She starred in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada films. She was the recipient of five Filmfare Awards. Sridevi ranked amongst the highest-paid actors in the 1980s and 1990s and was considered to be one of the most popular actresses in Indian cinema.
Sridevi made her debut as child artiste with “Kandan Karunai” in 1967 at the age of 4 and started her acting career in lead role as a child with M.A Thirumugam’s 1969 devotional Tamil film “Thunaivan” and continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. Her Bollywood debut as a child artist was in “Rani Mera Naam” (1972) and she played her first adult role at the age of 13 with the Tamil film “Moondru Mudichu” (1976).
A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”. Sridevi-Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala” gained her 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.
While films like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, her outings like “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe” (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.
She went on a break 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.
Sridevi had just acted in her 300th movie, Mom. Though she was very casual about it, all through her career her co-actors and directors have expressed deep admiration over the way she metamorphosed herself — became Chandni, Hawa Hawai, Nagin, bad-ass Manju or housewife Shashi Godbole. Emotional after her demise, Rajnikanth, her long-time friend, spoke effusively about this. “In front of camera and behind the camera, there are two Sridevis. Behind the camera she is very unassuming. In front of the camera she’s like fire, an electric power would pass.”
When she was asked what had kept her busy all these years, she was prompt to mention her two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi. When prodded to talk about her life beyond the domestic bliss, she mentioned her love for “travelling” and dabbling in painting. When asked her about the advice she would give to Janhvi, she replied: “All I wish to say is that once she joins this profession, she should be able to handle both success and failure.” By now, Janhvi’s debut film, Dhadak, has already been announced with much fanfare by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Currently, its shooting is underway, and the first look of the movie looks promising.
Known to be a private person, Sridevi turned into a livewire when she faced the camera. She was an accomplished actor and superstar, who settled for happy domesticity and motherhood. With a record 11 Filmfare Award nominations and a commendable 5 wins is a feat every other Bollywood actress would envy. India’s first bona fide female superstar Sridevi left behind a remarkable legacy. Sridevi will always be our “Hawa Hawai”.