Remembering Sridevi

By Nabeeha Ahmed

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Bollywood bid farewell to legendary actress Sridevi on February 24, 2018.

Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi was known as the first female superstar of the Hindi film industry. Her expressions and talent would be the star of the show in her movies.


She began her career at the tender age of four and there was no looking back from there. She has featured in 300 films in her life of fifty-four years, which included Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam movies.

Sridevi reigned in Bollywood during the 80s and 90s era. Some of her films include:

  • Mr. India, where she plays a silly crime journalist and performs in the popular and iconic song “Hawa Hawai”; a new version of the song has recently been made as a tribute to Sridevi
  • Nagina (translation: Gem), in which she is a shape-shifting snake woman; this concept has inspired many Hindi serials
  • Himmatwala (translation: Brave Man), that features songs “Nainon Mein Sapna” and “Taki O Taki”; the former song has also been remade a few years ago due to its popularity
  • Sadma (translation: Trauma), where she portrays the character of a woman who regresses back to her childhood after she gets amnesia; a role that presented Sridevi with awards equivalent to those of the Oscar.
    via GIPHY

Her film Chandni (translation: Moonlight), a story that revolved around two lovers whose relationship was opposed by many, was one of the greatest box office hits of 1989. Her character, named after the title of the movie, became a trendsetter who revolutionized fashion at the time. Outfits that were similar to those worn by Sridevi in the film were sold in countless shops. They also inspired the looks of many actresses in future films. The song “Mere Haathon Mein” (translation: “In My Hands”) was also quite the dance number; the film’s album went platinum four times on the day of the movie’s premier.

Sridevi is known as the industry’s “Chandni.”


Sridevi’s last two prominent and praised hits were English Vinglish and Mom. In the former, she takes the form of a middle-aged Indian mother who takes ESL classes after she is constantly underestimated for her inability to speak English, while in the latter, she takes revenge for the rape of her step-daughter.


Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, for her contributions to the film industry.

On February 18, 2018, Sridevi left India for Dubai with husband and filmmaker Boney Kapoor, 62, and younger daughter Khushi Kapoor, 17. The occasion was Kapoor’s nephew, actor Mohit Marwah’s wedding.

Sridevi was seen enjoying with family and friends at the star-studded wedding.

Daughter Jhanvi Kapoor, 20, was not present at the wedding as she was in Mumbai shooting for her debut film, Dhadak, the Hindi remake of Marathi film Sairat.

After the wedding, many of the family members including Boney and Khushi returned to Mumbai. Sridevi stayed back to spend time with her sister who lives in Dubai.

Boney Kapoor was destined to spend Sridevi’s final moments with her. He returned to Dubai on February 24 to surprise her.

After reaching her hotel room, the pair spoke for about fifteen minutes before Sridevi got up to get ready for dinner with her husband. When she did not come out of the bathroom nor respond to Boney, he forced open the door to find that she had drowned in the bathtub. By the time she reached the hospital, she had passed away.

The actress’s brother-in-law, actor Sanjay Kapoor, confirmed her death to the public and thought she had a cardiac arrest.

After investigations took place, foul play was ruled out.

The post-mortem reports clarify that she had lost consciousness and there was alcohol found in her blood; the cause of death has been labelled as an accidental drowning.

Sridevi’s costar from Mom, Adnan Siddiqui shared how he reached the hotel and met with Boney after he heard the news. Kapoor was inconsolable.

Actor Arjun Kapoor, 32, took initiative and flew back to Dubai from Mumbai to be there for his father the day his step-mother was embalmed.

After her embalming, Sridevi’s body was sent back to India via businessman Anil Ambani’s charter plane.

When news spread of her demise, fans gathered in front of her house in Lokhandwala and in front of her ancestral home in Tamil Nadu.

For many, losing Sridevi has been equivalent to losing a family member. The news has came as a complete shock and was unexpected. She played a salient part in the childhood and teenage years of millions. Her movies are still watched and loved in this generation. The songs she has acted in are still listened, watched, and performed to today.

Quantico fame Priyanka Chopra expresses, “She was my childhood, and one of the big reasons I became an actor.”

Sridevi’s funeral was held on Wednesday February 28, 2018. Her body was presented for final viewing at a Mumbai sports club, and she was visited by numerous individuals including her family, friends, and colleagues from the entertainment industry. Hundreds of fans gathered in front of the sports club as well. Many were able to partake in the viewing and say goodbye to the icon who lay in glass casket dressed in a red sari.

Following the final viewing, Sridevi was given state honors for her Padma Shree award. She was draped in the nation’s tricolor flag and was given a gun salute.

Her body was then to transported to a crematorium in a truck that was decorated in white flowers and a big poster of Sridevi. It is said that Sridevi had once expressed the desire to have everything decorated in white after she passes.

Not only has the entertainment industry suffered a big loss, but the passing of Sridevi is also a loss of a wife and mother. She was often seen standing by her children resembling the way a tree provides shade and fruit to those who stand under it. Sridevi was not able to see the debut film of her daughter that is expected to release in a few months.

Boney Kapoor later shared this heartbreaking letter through Sridevi’s twitter account:


Our hearts and condolences go out to the Kapoor, Ayyapan, and Marwah family.


1 Comment

One Response to “Remembering Sridevi”

  1. Mary Shin on March 1st, 2018 9:22 pm

    Very enlightening Nabeeha! This is extremely sad news but your information on her previous work and portfolio is honorable for her. Thank you for sharing this news.


If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Remembering Sridevi

    Global Citizenship

    Environment Project

  • Remembering Sridevi

    1968 Around the Globe

    Memphis Sanitation Strike

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Global Citizenship

    Saying Goodbye to My Time In Model UN – BMUN 66

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Global Citizenship

    Hindi Film Padmaavat: A Better Ending to a Controversial Start

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Global Citizenship

    Ambassador Delegates – Berkeley MUN 2017

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Global Citizenship

    Korea Trip: Summer 2017

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Global Citizenship

    Bengali Ananda Mela: A Carnival of Joy বাংলা আনন্দ মেলা: জয় এর একটি কার্নিভাল

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Arts & Entertainment

    Air Pollution in SanfranAngeles

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Arts & Entertainment

    A Sunset of Smog, Fear, and Hope – YRE 2018 Photo Competition

  • Remembering Sridevi

    Arts & Entertainment

    Smog and the City – YRE 2018 Photo Competition