One of many oddities in Sridevi's resplendent career is, the incomprehensibly short list of awards she's won, considering the volume of her many, marvelous performances that have studded her wildly prolific career in a multitude of languages.
When Mani Ratnam was just getting popular in B'wood, he was asked why he never worked with Sridevi and he was rather blase about it. Saying, "She's acted far better in Tamil films."
Indeed, Sridevi won her first Filmfare award for Best Actress in 1982, for the Tamil film Meendum Kokila, directed by G Rangarajan, written by the Hasan Brothers and co-starring Tamil icon Kamal Haasan, this domestic comedy is a favorite of many. Not to forget, the wildly popular music of legendary composer Ilayaraaja, many in the South know of Sridevi only for her Tamil films.
A blockbuster that completed a 175-day run at the box office, it was dubbed (horrendously!) in Hindi and released as Mr and Mrs Malini Iyer. All the magic lost in clumsy dubbing, far better to watch the film in its original formal, with subtitles!
|Rare pic: Sridevi, Kamal Haasan and Rekha|
UPDATE: Rare pic of the team celebrating Kamal Haasan's birthday on set.