Saturday 15 June 2024

30 years of S.P. Parasuram: Sridevi and Chiranjeevi's last Telugu film together



Released on 15 June 1994, today is the 30th anniversary of the last Telugu film Sridevi did with Chiranjeevi, the underrated S.P. Parasuram. Sridevi acts so well in the movie and looked better than ever. 

Images from the mahurat/launch of the film. 

Friday 14 June 2024

Sridevi as a teenage model: Sari ads and Sridevi went hand in hand together in the 1980s

Sridevi as a teenage model: Sari ads and Sridevi went hand in hand together in the 1980s

Sridevi on the sets of her swansong, Mom

Sridevi on the sets of her swansong, Mom

The cast and crew watching the final work of a legend. 
 

Sridevi on stage: Hope 86

Praying someone has a rare recording of Sridevi on stage performing her smash hit Hawa Hawaii for the very first time... Legend has it all the stars who were backstage rushed the stage and were front and centre to watch the Number One actress of the nation perform on stage with all her myriad expressions and elegant moves and comedic aces. 



 

Thursday 13 June 2024

Sridevi in Heer Ranjha (1992)


Sridevi in Heer Ranjha (1992) 

The costume drama was a huge, huge flop when it released but now finds a life of its own online with a massive cult following. It is our most popular gallery here on the site, the songs do record number of views on YouTube, the images and stills from the film trend on Tumblr and Pinterest till date. 

Personally, didn't love it when it originally release. Cinema was changing in 1992 and this movie seemed stuck in a time warp. 

Anupam Kher had his moments, Sridevi was lovely in it and Anil Kapoor and his hair were... abysmal. Even great actors - Anil Kapoor is easily one of the most versatile star-actors of all-time--can deliver less than par performances. Why even, Sridevi had her off-key films; Farishtay, Pathar ke Insan and even Naaka Bandi came right after Chandni and Chaalbaaz. To be so great in successive films and be termed repetative in the next three, even mighty Sridevi had to face the critics and accept the movies were not on par with her superhuman abilities as a superstar actress. 

Sridevi repeatedly proved she was the font of infinite talent, but the right director/producer had to tap into it.  Sridevi credited a film's success as the result of collective work, cinema needs great directors, writers, cinematography... no single phenomenon (and she certainly was one), can elevate a movie from blah to wah! 

Anyhoo, fortunately Sridevi's legacy will be an accumulation of her great work not the missteps by any measure. 

 



Saroj Khan, Yash Chopra and Sridevi on the sets of Chandni: Did they know they were making magic?!


Saroj Khan, Yash Chopra and Sridevi on the sets of Chandni: Did they know they were making magic?!

Sridevi at her absolute peak of her epicness.. .

 

Sridevi and Sohan Babu in Telugu film Mosagadu (1980)

Sridevi and Sohan Babu in Telugu film Mosagadu (1980). One of Sridevi's earlier double-roles as Seetha and Geetha!