Sunday, 10 July 2011

Idol Worship

From an online forum:

Sridevi has been at the receiving of idol-worship by a great many actors and actresses who came after her. Co-stars, directors, newcomers, designers, the film industry is full of Sridevi fans. Some memorable quotes about Sridevi:

In the mid-90s, Yash Chopra said, "Madhuri and Juhi are good. Very good. But Sridevi is the best. Period."

Sanjay Dutt called Sridevi "the last of the great female actors."

Shah Rukh Khan agreed to do a cameo opposite Sridevi in the film Army because he wanted, "to be seen on screen with a living legend."

At the beginning of his career, Aamir Khan said, "Sridevi should be my heroine in every film. I'd love to do a Summer of '42 with her."

During the shooting of Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Kajol told Anil Kapoor that she didn't think there was any actor in India whose talent could touch Sridevi's.

Urmila Matondkar calls Sridevi "the perfect heroine." They were co-stars in her last film, Judaai.

Juhi Chawla said she subconsciously tries to imitate Sridevi.

Twinkle Khanna has said that no actress of her generation was as good as Sridevi.

Rekha referred to Sridevi as "my uncrowned queen".

During her acceptance speech at the 2006 Zee Cine Awards, Rani Mukerji said to Sridevi, "It was while watching you that I learned how to act."

Director Ram Gopal Verma confesses he was obsessed with Sridevi in his youth and his film Mast is about his experiences working with her when he became a director. Verma lists her performance in Chaalbaaz as among his all-time favorites.

Akshay Kumar has said he is a "die-hard fan of Sridevi."

When asked who his favorite actress is, Saif Ali Khan replied, "Sridevi. Who else can it be?"

Preity Zinta has said that her ultimate goal is to appear in a film with Sridevi and Kajol.

In response to a question about whether she felt bad for turning down the role in Dil To Pagal Hai which won Karisma Kapoor a National Award, Manisha Koirala said, "I don't think that either the performances by Karisma Kapoor or Madhuri Dixit could touch Sridevi's performances in Chandni and Lamhe. When I work with Yash Chopra I want to reach the heights Sridevi reached with him."

Tabu listed Sridevi's performance in Sadma as one of her all-time favorites.

Anil Kapoor has said that, "Sridevi is India's only actress of International Potential."

Shabana Azmi said, "Sridevi revolutionized what it meant to be a woman on the screen in India."

Designer Manish Malhotra called Sridevi "the last complete actress."

Choreographer Prabhu Deva said Sridevi was the best dancer in Hindi Cinema because "her facial expressions are so alive that even when she makes mistakes no one notices."

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar said that she was stunned by Sridevi's performance in the song "Mere Haathon Mein Nau Nau Chooriyan" from Chandni because she performed "ek sau ek (101) facial expressions."

Karan Johar, Anupam Kher, Poonam Dhillon, Shilpa Shetty, Purvi Joshi (TV Artist), all are big fans of Sridevi.

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