Rishi Kapoor: I don’t see another female actor achieving what Sridevi did in any sphere of life
|Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor in Nagina|
Later, I found out that she was actually shy and maybe, a tad conscious about speaking in Hindi or English, because she was not proficient in either of the languages back then. In fact, she told me about it much later. Those days, while shooting a film, we had something called as a magazine change. It was a technical thing and we had to stay at our positions while the lights faced us. In those two to three awkward minutes, we stood there not knowing what to speak. I broke the ice and complimented her dance skills. To that she said, ‘I’ve seen 'Khel Khel Mein' four times.’ That was the first conversation we had. By the time we worked together in 'Chandni', she had scaled great heights of superstardom. Amitabh Bachchan and she are the only actors who have really seen those dizzying heights of fame for a long, long time in their careers.
There was a dance sequence featuring her in the film, which is about three minutes long. It was shot in Switzerland, and she had a morning call time. By lunch time, everyone was back to the hotel. I was dumb-founded to know that she took less than half a day to film an entire dance sequence, one that was difficult. Saroj Khan, who was choreographing it, told me, ‘It was a cake-walk for this girl. She did it all with such ease.’ That was the genius that Sridevi was. We won’t get to see such artistry ever again.
From Bombay Times
Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi worked together in just five films, from which Chandni and Nagina were blockbusters! The list:
Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhootha (1997)
See earlier post: Sridevi arrives for Rishi Kapoor's daughter Riddhima's wedding here. (January 2006).