Sunday, 24 June 2018

Rare Pic: Sridevi at home in Chennai

One from the archives. Rare pic of Sridevi at home in Chennai in the early 90s. From Cine Blitz I think... Shot by the late great Gautam R

Sridevi wins Best Actress at IIFA 2018

Sigh... Another one awarded to Sridevi posthumously. Sridevi wins Best Actress for the film Mom. Boney Kapoor picked up the award on behalf of his late wife.

I am all for recognition for the great actress - but always morose that when she was alive, she wasn't appreciated as she deserved to be. RIP Sridevi. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Sridevi in Himmatwala, Sridevi in Lamhe

Though Himmatwala was one of Sridevi's biggest hits and Lamhe a box-office disappointment that led the maker to a state of depression for a while, it is Lamhe that stands the test of time as a classic.

Himmatwala gave Sridevi a stepping stone, but Lamhe raised her to a pedestal.

As the Indian media carps on about 100 cr club and box-office stats for some truly awful films, the creatives in the industry value a good film over great box-office. The businessmen think otherwise - obviously - as it is indeed show business - but let's hear it for the noble flops. Be it Kaagaz Ke Phool, Pakeeza, Silsila, Andaaz Apna Apna, Mera Naam Joker...

Sridevi with her father Ayappan

Sridevi with her father Ayappan.  This image has been circulating online during Father's Day.

There's this surreal myth that Sridevi was born and named "Shree Amma Iyengar" - which is ENTIRELY FICTION and been accepted as truth. Sridevi was born Ayappan Sreedevi. The rest is just internet misinformation that we've been trying to correct for years. Its gotten so bad even leading publishing houses have stated it on record. Sigh...

Sridevi at the Umang Mumbai Police Show 2018


Sridevi at the 'Umang Mumbai Police Show 2018' in Mumbai on January 13, 2018. One of her last public appearances in India before her tragic, untimely death.

Sridevi in Chandni (1989)

Forever Chandni - Sridevi's alter ego and definitive role. 1989

Rare pic: Sridevi with Sikandar Kher

Rare pic: Sridevi with Sikandar Kher