Mumbai, Tuesday, 28 March 2006.
If Sridevi was considered queen of the marquee in Bollywood throughout the 1980s and '90s, Shabana Azmi, the finest actress... bar none. Despite two divergent styles of the creative form, the duo had, still have tremendous respect for the other. Here's a fab quote from Ms Azmi - published in Filmfare.
Legendary actresses, Sridevi and Shabana Azmi.
Shabana Azmi about Sridevi:
FILMFARE: Which heroines do you find worth your while?
Shabana Azmi: "Sridevi is very good. Lots of actresses have shaped themselves in the Sridevi mould, be it Madhuri Dixit or Juhi Chawla. Sridevi was the first heroine to bring energy to her performances, not only in the dances but also in the acting.
Before that we were enamoured by Rekha. Looking good was the ultimate then. So there was no distortion even if Rekha lay dying. She looked perfect even in death. Sridevi came in like a breath of fresh air, not afraid of making faces. A lot of that she acquired from Kamal Haasan. She has a flair for comedy. And she wasn't shy, she didn't care if she was hampered by the fact that she didn't know the Hindi language well. She's lovely, I like Sridevi very much..."