Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Sridevi and Kamal Haasan in Sadma

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Sadma was released on 8 July 1983 - ie 35 years ago this month. There are so many misconceptions about the deeply and profoundly loved film that its difficult to list all the falsehoods that are floating as facts in online discussion forums.

Lets clear up a few of the famous myths;

* Sadma was critically acclaimed. 

Well yes it was liked by critics and garnered mostly positive reviews - but it didn't actually go on to win any of its nominations. The movie had Filmfare nominations for Best Actor [Kamal Haasan], Actress [Sridevi] and Story [Balu Mahendra], but it lost out to Naseeruddin Shah for Masoom, Shabana Azmi for Arth and Best Story went to Ardh Satya. Point to be note, there were only two actresses nominated for Best Actress. Sri was up against the Art House empress Shabana Azmi who was nominated for a record four nominations; Arth, Avtaar, Mandi and Masoom! Wowsa! The two rarely met in the 1980s but we have a long record of Azmi praising Sri over the years and meeting during Sridevi's self-imposed sabbatical post-children!

* The National Award was given to Sridevi.

Nope, Kamal Haasan was conferred the National Award and Balu Mahendra won for Best Cinematography for the original film Moondram Pirai, but not for Sadma, the re-make.

Did Sridevi win anything? Fear not fellow Sridevi fanatic, the movie made a near clean sweep at the Tamil Nadu State awards as Kamal Haasan Won Best Actor, Sridevi won Best Actress,  K. J. Yesudas won Best Male Playback Singer and S. Janaki won Best Female Playback Singer.

Sridevi being felicitated by M. G. Ramachandran, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu
* Sridevi was the only choice for Moondram Pirai's official remake that went on to become Sadma.
The offer believe it or not went to glamorous Dimple Kapadia first before it landed back on Sridevi. Er... the machinations of Bollywood are beyond our scope. Anyhoo, good sense prevailed and Sridevi was brought back upon the insistence of director and mentor Balu Mahendra.

* Sadma is Sridevi's Best Performance.

Well, even Sridevi herself disagreed with this. She preferred the original performance in Tamil and has categorically said she found remakes a chore and a bore. Scroll back through the archives as Sridevi has spoken about how she hated repeating the same thing again and again... as many of her movies were remade into different languages. However, there are many actors and actresses who have gone on record to state Sridevi's performance in this film (as opposed to say Lamhe, Chaalbaaz, English Vinglish) is their all-time favourite. When your repertoire is as as rich as Sridevi's, its hard to pick a favourite... [Ours is a toss between Lamhe and... English Vinglish!] 

Gulshan Grover and Sridevi in Sadma

* Southern sirens Silk Smitha and Sridevi did not get along.

Considering they didn't have a single scene together, this seems pure gossip fodder from the Tamil tabloids than any actual news. Sridevi has rarely spoken out against any other actor or actress. Ever. Trust us - we've archived every interview we can get our hands on here.

See the entire archive of Sadma images, features, comments, reviews here. 

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