Rajinikanth on Sridevi's demise: I've lost a dear friend

Rajinikanth on Sridevi's demise: I've lost a dear friend

Rajinikanth on Sridevi's demise: I've lost a dear friend

"Many male actors refuse to risky stunts scenes nowadays but she insisted doing it on her own".

Her talents found expression in Mahendran's Johnny, Balumahendra's Moondram Pirai, and Bharathiraja's films like Sigappu Rojakkal.

Biweekly visits to her humble rented abode became a habit and she would be propped up in her four poster bed, busy poring over a comic book with a stereo system blaring in one corner of the room.

Soon after the megastar's demise, several stories from her personal life, involving her family, friends and staff started pouring in giving us a closer view at Sridevi. Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted, "Sridevi-a powerhouse of acting, a long journey embellished with success comes to a sudden end".

Sridevi's performance is filled with infectious joy, of beating up evil family members (like Shakti Kapoor), hitting back when attacked, and toying with Deol as she dominates the film in a double role. Born in Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu in 1967, Sridevi began her acting career as a child artiste in Thunaivan (1969). She was still a child when she came to work with me. But it was her performance in films like Sadma, Mr India, Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Nagina and Lamhe that eventually made her a superstar.

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One among Sridevi's millions of admirers is actor Kamal Haasan, who mourned the loss of his friend. Later in her career, she reportedly developed a rivalry with Madhuri Dixit. I was astounded by her climb and every step of it she worked for. "She did not study in any college or university but she can speak nine languages", he said, adding that he wanted to direct her in a Tamil movie that suits her age but the wish now remains unfulfilled. She refused and did her own stunts in the movie.

Yesteryear actress Radha, a contemporary of Sridevi, said, "I shared the screen with Sridevi in I Sandhippu P in which she played Sivaji Ganesan's wife".

In a video message, Haasan recounted his last meeting with Sridevi which took place in January. But when she appears before the camera she transforms herself, like a "fire" she will be electrifying, Rajinikanth recalled.

Her exchanges with her boss (the hilarious Annu Kapoor as an editor troubled by wrong-number calls) perfectly soften the gravity of the story that also deals with corruption and abuse of power. Considering the fact that she had made a comeback to films, the industry and her legion of fans will certainly miss her.

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