The End of an Era: The Whole Nation pays Tribute to Sridevi

The End of an Era: The Whole Nation pays Tribute to Sridevi

Ye Lamhe , ye pal hum har pal yaad karenge.. ye mausam chale gaye toh hum fariyad karenge..

Those big beautiful expressive eyes and that mischievous smile sent arrows through hearts and set the screen on fire! Sridevi was truly Bollywood’s first female superstar, her name being a sure shot guarantee for a film’s success. In an industry dominated by male superstars, Sridevi had an impressive career for more than five decades. Sadly, on Saturday night Sridevi passed away after a sudden cardiac arrest. She had no history of heart ailments which makes this an even bigger tragedy.

Sridevi was visiting Dubai with hubby producer Boney Kapoor and their daughter Khushi Kapoor for Mohit Marwah’s wedding festivities. Her second daughter Jahnvi wasn’t in attendance due to her work commitments in Mumbai. The sad news of Sridevi’s demise has come as a big shock to the entire Bollywood and television fraternity and her numerous fans. Many of her co-stars and fellow actors took to Twitter to express their grief, shock and condolences.

Bollywood Pays Tribute To Sridevi

Rajnikanth tweeted his condolences saying “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.”

Kamal Haasan too expressed his sorrow saying that “Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent 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.”

Rishi Kapoor tweeted saying “Woken up by this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!”

Karan Johar took to his Instagram account and shared a picture of Sridevi expressing his grief over the legendary actor’s demise. The ace director wrote,

“I danced to Hawa Hawaii when I was in school…..I have seen every film of hers multiple times….I met her with shaking hands and feet on the sets of my father’s film GUMRAH….and felt I had arrived when she called me for the first time …..every time I met her I had a star-struck moment and a fanboy vibe….I don’t think I can believe it…perhaps I don’t think I want to believe that she is no more… she is a huge reason I love the movies….I feel like Indian cinema just lost its smile….the heavens are fortunate they just inherited a gift of life…..heartbroken.”

Sridevi, Your Legacy Will Live On 

Sridevi was fond of dancing from a very early age. She began her career as a child actor at the age of 4 in the Tamil movie Thunaivan playing the role of young Lord Muruga. After this, there was no looking back for this legend! Besides many Tamil and Telugu movies, she also made a huge impact on Bollywood! Sadma, Chalbaaz and Mr. India were some of the fabulous movies which fans have really loved during her heydays! But she unleashed a new vigor on screen with her recent movies like English Vinglish and MOM.

Sridevi’s superb performance in English Vinglish and her depiction of the typical Indian housewife had a huge connect with every Indian woman. She brought the character of ‘Shashi’ alive on screen! With a couple of more movies in the pipeline and her daughter’s debut around the corner – Sridevi had still so much to offer and look forward to! It was only on Wednesday that we got to see the poster of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter’s Bollywood debut, Dhadak.

But life is so uncertain and we don’t really know what will happen tomorrow. In her last moments, Sridevi dressed like a queen and now she will meet her maker wrapped in white. What will live on is her grace and dignity and the respect and love she still commands in the hearts of her fans. As her mother, she was fiercely protective of her daughters and kept them away from the media glare.

Sridevi’s ultimate dance performances, her amazing acting performances, her comic timing, her beauty – will be remembered by forever. There is so much can be written about Sridevi – but right now we should all pray that her daughters, her family and friends get the strength to deal with this irreparable loss.

Sridevi, you will be missed, by all of us. May your soul rest in peace.

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