Sridevi: The Successful, Beautiful and Well-Liked Indian Actress

Jul/24/2023 / by Team Seema
Image credits: Mayapuri Magazine in Hindi via Flickr

Sridevi’s short-lived life mattered to the eyes of her family, friends, and fans alike. As the world continues to mourn, let’s revisit her life history to read about her awesomeness

Sridevi Kapoor was among the most successful and well-liked actresses in the Bollywood and south Indian movie industry and is regarded as the first “female superstar” of Hindi cinema. A child prodigy, she began her career as a movie star in the Tamil film Thunaivan when she was four. Throughout her distinguished career, she appeared in more than 300 films in the Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada languages. Kapoor reigned the Hindi film industry in the 1980s and 1990s and later rose to become one of the highest-paid actresses of the time. She is the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri, India’s 4th highest civilian award. The celebrity died on February 25, 2018, following a drowning incident in Dubai.

Biography of Actress Kapoor

Actress Sridevi was born on August 13, 1963, at Meenampatti village, Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu. Rajeshwari was her mother’s name; Ayyapan was her father. The actress has two stepbrothers named Satish Yanger and Anand Yanger in addition to her younger sister Srilatha Yanger.

When Sridevi Kapoor made her movies between 1972 and 1993, her mother or sister, Srilatha, was always at her side.

While working on Lamhe in 1991, her father passed away. Her mother underwent surgery on a brain tumor at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 1995; she later passed away in 1996 due to complications. Her brain’s right half was damaged when the neurosurgeon operating on it accidentally removed important vision and memory tissues. At the time, this was widely publicized in the US media. It sparked a successful legal struggle and inspired President Bill Clinton to create a program requiring hospitals to disclose any medical errors they make.

About Sridevi Acting

Kapoor has always been a part of the acting community. She started acting in Tamil movies as a youngster when she was just four years old. Her debut performance was Lord Muruga in Thunaivan (1969). Her acting abilities improved with each of her films, and for Poompatta, she quickly received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist (1971). She received immediate acknowledgment and praise for her work. Her performances in films like Kandan Karunai (1967), Prarthanai (1970), Babu (1971), and Vasantha Maaliga were among her well-known ones (1972).

She was also discovered by the Hindi film community, and at the age of 12, she made her Bollywood debut playing the character of Lakshmi’s younger sister in the film Julie (1975). The next year, she landed her first leading part in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu. She rose to fame and collaborated with well-known actors like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in the ensuing years.

 1979’s Solva Sawan marked Sridevi’s debut as a leading lady in a Hindi film. Despite the film’s poor box office performance, it was advantageous for her. Later, the actress was cast to star opposite Jitendra in the 1983 box office smash Himmatwala. She used this film as a launching pad for a great acting career. The Kapoor and Jeetendra duo also rose to fame in the subsequent years.

She featured in the Tamil film Meendum Kokila in 1981, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil. She also took on a tough part in the 1982 Tamil film Moondram Pirai, in which she portrayed an amnesic woman. She received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for this movie. The film was then remade in Hindi and given the name Sadma; it was included on iDiva’s list of 10 Must-Watch Films That Weren’t Blockbusters.

The biggest blockbuster of the year in Bollywood in 1984, “Tohfa,” another hit film from Kapoor, stole the show. Through their monthly cover that year, Filmfare proclaimed her to be the “Unquestionably no.1” actress.

Throughout her acting career, Kapoor portrayed a variety of characters, and she excelled in each one. Her subsequent film was Shekhar Kapur’s “Mr. India,” in which she portrayed a crime reporter. In addition, Kapoor expertly impersonated Charlie Chaplin, which the Times of India called “a humorous act she has ever done.” She was included in Rediff’s “Super Six Comic Heroines list.” Her seductive rain dance routine in the blue sari for had her fans in awe. She also went up the moniker “Hawa Hawaii” from the movie’s other dance sequence.

Chandni, another blockbuster of Sridevi’s career, was released in 1989. Her reputation for being one of the top Bollywood actresses of the 1980s was reinforced by this Yash Chopra film. In 1991, she worked with Lamhe on her second project with Chopra. According to the Times of India, this romance movie transcends time and geography.

Kapoor appeared in just a few Television show episodes between 1998 and 2011 for the public. People desired to see her work her magic on the big screen, and in 2012, she delivered. The blockbuster actress made a comeback with English Vinglish. The “Meryl Streep of India,” as the foreign press affectionately referred to Kapoor, returned to Bollywood with this Gauri Shinde flick. The Times of India gave it a rating of 4/5 and named it the top movie of 2012. The only actress in the entire world to achieve such a fruitful comeback was Kapoor.

She portrayed a ruthless Queen in the Tamil film Puli in 2015. The movie did poorly at the box office and had mixed reviews. She resurfaced in 2017 with the thriller Mom, directed by Ravi Udyawar, and featured as one of the main characters with Akshaye Khanna and Abhimanyu Singh. The release of Mom coincided with Sridevi’s 300th picture and the 50th year of her career. Additionally, the film was dubbed in Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil.


Kapoor was discovered dead in her hotel room in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on February 24, 2018. According to the coroner’s official report, she accidentally drowned in a bathtub, which also listed unconsciousness as a contributing cause. Her passing was widely reported in both Indian and foreign media. The age of Sridevi at the time of her death was 54 years.


In 1996, Kapoor married renowned Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor. Jhanvi and Khushi, the couple’s two kids, are named after two well-known characters from Boney Kapoor’s movies. Kapoor grew up eating vegetarianism.


Although actress Sridevi is well known for her on-screen persona as a powerful, energetic, and effervescent woman, she was a timid and introverted individual. CNN-IBN correspondent Rajeev Masand said, “I have never known anyone who was so timidly shy, so silent off-screen, who turned into a force of nature when the cameras appeared.” Thus, she was a moviegoer’s dream but the interviewer’s worst nightmare. Firstpost said that behind the dazzling heroine with glittering eyes, magical eyes, and an amazing face was an intrinsically shy woman, frequently labeled arrogant. Still, the truth is that she was bashful. Because she did not complete her education and did not have many opportunities to socialize with kids her age, when she was twelve, she had a strong aversion to crowds and loudness.

FAQs about Sridevi

When did Sridevi start her career?

She started her career at the age of four in 1968.

How many films has Sridevi worked in?

In total, Sridevi has appeared in 271 films during the course of her storied and 50-year career, including 92 Telugu films, 73 Tamil films, 72 Hindi films, 25 Malayalam films, and 5 Kannada films.


Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Get notified about exclusive stories every week!

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Seema will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.