Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan or simply known as Sridevi Kapoor was an Indian actress and film producer who starred in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada films. Regarded as one of Indian cinema’s biggest female superstars, she was the recipient of two Filmfare Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. Sridevi ranked among the highest-paid actors in the 1980s and 1990s and is considered to be one of the most popular actresses of Indian cinema.
Sridevi made her debut as a child artiste with the 1967 Tamil film Kandan Karunai at the age of 4, and started her acting career in the lead role as a child with M. A. Thirumugam’s 1969 devotional Tamil film Thunaivan and continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her Hindi film debut as a child artist in Rani Mera Naam (1972) and played her first adult role at age 13 with the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976). Sridevi established herself as one of the leading actresses of Tamil and Telugu cinema, with leading roles in 16 Vayathinile (1977), Sigappu Rojakkal (1978), Varumayin Niram Sivappu (1980), Meendum Kokila (1981), Premabhishekam (1981), Moondram Pirai (1982), Aakhari Poratam (1988), Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari (1990) and Kshana Kshanam (1991).
Sridevi’s first starring role in Hindi cinema came with the 1979 drama film Solva Sawan, and she gained wide attention with the 1983 production Himmatwala. She went on appear in a series of commercially successful films, including Mawaali (1983), Tohfa (1984), Naya Kadam (1984), Maqsad (1984), Masterji (1985), Nazrana (1987), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) and Chandni (1989). She also received praise for such films as Sadma (1983), Nagina (1986), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Gumrah (1993), Laadla (1994) and Judaai (1997). Following the role of the titular protagonist in the television sitcom Malini Iyer (2004–2005), Sridevi returned to film acting in 2012 with the successful comedy-drama English Vinglish. She then starred in her 300th film role in the 2017 thriller Mom. She earned critical acclaim for her performances in both films.
In 2013, the Government of India awarded Sridevi the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian accolade for her contributions to the entertainment industry. Honourary awards were also conferred on her by the state governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala. Sridevi was also voted ‘India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years’ in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in 2013 on the occasion of the centenary of Indian cinema. She was married to the film producer Boney Kapoor, with whom she had two children. Sridevi died on 24 February 2018 in Dubai.
- Birth Name: Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan
- Nickname: Puppy
- Born: August 13, 1963
- Birth Place: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
- Died: February 24, 2018 in Dubai, UAE
- Height 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Early life and family
Sridevi was born in Sivakasi, Madras State, India on 13 August 1963 to Kapoor Ayyapan Yanger and Rajeshwari Yanger. Her father was a lawyer from Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. Her mother was from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. She has a sister and two stepbrothers. Sridevi was always accompanied by her mother Rajeshwari or by her sister Srilatha to the film sets during the shooting of her films between 1972 and 1993. Sanjay Ramaswamy is married to her sister Srilatha since 1989.
Her father died in 1991, while she was shooting for Lamhe. Her mother died in 1996, as a result of the complications suffered from an operation that she underwent in 1995 on a brain tumor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The neurosurgeon operated her on the wrong side of the brain-destroying her vital tissues of vision and recent memory. This was widely reported in US media at that time which then led to a successful court battle and prompted then President Bill Clinton’s proposal of a program for hospitals to disclose their medical malpractice and errors.
She married producer Boney Kapoor in 1996. The couple has two daughters, Janhvi (born in 1997) and Khushi (born in 2000). Sridevi was brought up as a vegetarian.
- Spouse: Boney Kapoor (m. 1996–2018), Mithun Chakraborty (m. 1985–1988)
- Brother-in-law: Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor
- Children: Janhvi and Khushi, Arjun Kapoor (stepson)