Late actress Sridevi, whose sudden death has swept the country with grief wave, has been conferred with the prestigious National Film Awards on Friday. The results of the coveted National Film Awards were announced by the jury head and noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. Also, Vinod Khanna has been awarded with Dadasaheb Phalke Award posthumously. Reactions have been pouring from all the quarters on learning the news of Sridevi’s spectacular win. Director of Mom, Ravi Udyavar expressed joy on her win and said, ‘we all are missing her more now’. Indeed, we all miss this natural actor even more. We cannot see Sridevi anymore in any of the upcoming films (Except for Zero, where she has shot for a cameo). However, we can always binge watch her past films which are perfect paradigm of Indian cinema’s artistic finesse.
When Bollywood only had movies based on the ‘heroes’, Sridevi stepped into the shoes of Shashi to make English Vinglish a successful actress-owned movie. It is so relatable for every middle-aged woman who has battled with English language all through her life. It inspires not only women, but everyone that it’s never too late to learn something new. Ga uri Shinde’s well-sorted direction and Sridevi’s natural acting churns out a perfect Bollywood film to be showcased among the best lot.
Let us remind you that Sridevi was India’s first ‘female’ superstar. It was with Sadma that the audience found out that this twinkly beauty can not only dance, but act well too. In the movie, she essayed the role of a woman suffering from amnesia, nurtured by a middle-aged man. Many cinephile still dub Sadma as one of the most heart-rending movies Indian cinema can ever see.
Lamhe is not just a movie, it’s story of moments, as the name suggests. There are moments of passion, ecstacy, grief, rejection and reunion in the film, which churns out the perfect Bollywood romantic film ever. It was one of a kind movie of that time with well-written direction, dialogues and perfectly times scenes. Despite being a story with western connotations, Lamhe resonated among the traditional Indian audience as well.
Sridevi’s film Chandni is one of the most popular romantic films of that time. It was also one of the biggest box office hits of 1989. Majority of Indian audience were floored by Sridevi’s exquisite beauty and impeccable dancing skills. For the film, she was nominated for the Filmfare Award in the Best Actress category. Even though she didn’t win the award, Chandni is stamped in our heart as one of the finest films of Indian cinema.
Again a highest grosser which came from Sridevi. Her performance in dance number Hawa Hawaii is touted as the best till date by Bollywood lovers. Last year itself, Vidya Balan gave a tribute to Sridevi with her revamped version of Hawa Hawaii in Tumhari Sulu. Not surprisingly though, Sridevi’s Mr. India is dubbed as one of the best Bollywood films in many lists.