Sunday, 15 July 2018

Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi in Chandni

The songs, the glamour, the gorgeous locales all overwhelmed the film and people tend to put aside the stellar performances that were in Chandni - that makes it still a classic today. A rom-com with major dramatic tension, the performance of every single actor in the film is stunning - be it Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Waheeda Rehman and of course above all, the superstar who held the film up in her delicate shoulders, Sridevi in and as Chandni.

There are two moments in particular that stand out; when Rishi Kapoor tells her he would leave her had she been crippled in an accident. And the last act when Rishi meets Sri in her house. The two tour-de-force performances got swept away in a sea of chiffon, but upon re-watching, its incredible. They both make it look so effortless - mark of any great actor. Both deserved awards and further recognition. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sridevi: starlet to legend. What an epic journey

From one of her earlier Tamil films as a teen to her penultimate film English Vinglish - Sridevi's meteoric rise is the stuff of legend.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

TBT: Sridevi

At Chiranjeevi's epic 60th birthday bash, Sridevi was looking oh-so-stunning. This was not long after her own 51st birthday and a slim and svelte Sri was the picture of elegance.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Sridevi and Kamal Haasan in Sadma

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Sadma was released on 8 July 1983 - ie 35 years ago this month. There are so many misconceptions about the deeply and profoundly loved film that its difficult to list all the falsehoods that are floating as facts in online discussion forums.

Lets clear up a few of the famous myths;

* Sadma was critically acclaimed. 
Well yes it was liked by critics and garnered mostly positive reviews - but it didn't actually went on to win any of its nominations. The movie had Filmfare nominations for Best Actor [Kamal Haasan], Actress [Sridevi] and Story [Balu Mahendra], but it lost out to Naseeruddin Shah for Masoom, Shabana Azmi for Arth and Best Story went to Ardh Satya. Point to be note, there were only two actresses nominated for Best Actress. Sri was up against the Art House empress Shabana Azmi who was nominated for a record four nominations; Arth, Avtaar, Mandi and Masoom!

* The National Award was given to Sridevi.
Nope, Kamal Haasan was conferred the National Award and Balu Mahendra won for Best Cinematography for the original film Moondram Pirai.
Did Sridevi win anything? Fear not fellow Sridevi fanatic, the movie made a near clean sweep at the Tamil Nadu State awards as Kamal Haasan Won Best Actor, Sridevi won Best Actress,  K. J. Yesudas won Best Male Playback Singer and S. Janaki won Best Female Playback Singer.

Sridevi being felicitated by M. G. Ramachandran, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu
* Sridevi was the only choice for Moondram Pirai's official remake that went on to become Sadma.
The offer believe it or not went to glamorous Dimple Kapadia first before it landed back on Sridevi. Er... the machinations of Bollywood are beyond our scope. Anyhoo, good sense prevailed and Sridevi was brought back upon the insistence of director and mentor Balu Mahendra.

* Sadma is Sridevi's Best Performance.
Well, even Sridevi herself disagreed with this. She preferred the original performance in Tamil and has categorically said she found remakes a chore and a bore. Scroll back through the archives as Sridevi has spoken about how she hated repeating the same thing again and many of her movies were remade into different languages. However, there are many actors and actresses who have gone on record to state Sridevi's performance in this film (as opposed to say Lamhe, Chaalbaaz, English Vinglish) is their all-time favourite. When your repertoirse is as as rich as Sridevi's, its hard to pick a favourite - ours is a toss between Lamhe and... English Vinglish.

* Southern sirens Silk Smitha and Sridevi did not get along.
Considering they didn't have a single scene together, this seems pure gossip fodder from the Tamil tabloids than any actual news. Sridevi has rarely spoken out against any other actor or actress. Ever. Trust us - we've archived every interview we can get our hands on here.

See the entire archive of Sadma images, features, comments, reviews here. 

Adil Hussain: Sridevi was "one of the finest in the History of Indian Cinema"

Adil hussainVerified account @_AdilHussain Jul 6
I wish you a Very Happy Birthday. I can't think of her Without . She was the one who got me to work with One the finests in the History of Indian Cinema. Love you both.


Sridevi's Tanishq ad images are so stunning.