Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Alisha Chinoy's grievances against all actresses - including Sridevi

Anil Kapoor and Sridevi in Mr India (1987) 

While searching for quotes on singer Alisha Chinoy [she subsequently changed her surname to Chinai] and Sridevi, found this feature online... and this quote makes us a little sad;

"In the past, I saw Sridevi walk away with all the raves for my song 'Kaate nahin kat-te' in Mr. India. It hurt then, it hurts more now. I'd rather sit at home jobless than allow my talent to be used to further any actress' popularity," a livid Alisha said. (from News 18, back in Dec 2010, long before Sridevi tragically passed. Context is relevant here, for obvious reasons.).

Alisha Chinoy spoke out against other actresses too, but this particular line stung a bit. Sridevi has always credited her singers, choreographers and directors and never spoke out against anyone else - always complimenting others for their work and efforts. If the credit went to Sridevi for her memorable dancing and acting in the way that song was picturised in particular... as she was the face on screen... well, it's no fault of hers. Every element in Kate nahin Katthe was grand, be it the way it was shot, choreographed, be it the styling, sets, direction, camerawork...

However, Chinoy isn't wrong in her thoughts either. Playback singing is unique to Bollywood and uninformed fans in the past may have given credit to the actresses, but in today's internet informed and social media age, every single person watching a Hindi film knows that none of the actresses onscreen sing their own song (* with a few memorable exceptions - but that's for another blog post).

Alisha Chinoy memorably sang for Sridevi half a dozen times;

Kate nahin kathe, Mr India, 1987
Ek do teen chaar, pyar chahiye, Waqt Ki Awaaz, 1988. 
I'm a bad girl, Guru, 1989
Chodh chala rahon main, Pathar Ke Insaan, 1990. 
Cha raha hai pyar ka nasha, Chandramukhi, 1993

For the record, we remain huge fans of the singer Alisha Chinoy - in the shrill 1980s, her soothing voice was like a melodious balm, she softened the songs for us and we - and our headphones - are grateful. 

Sridevi - from the trailer of English Vinglish

When we first saw the unique, original, hysterical, apt, clever, inviting and wonderful trailer of English Vinglish, we fell in love with Sridevi (and the makers for yanking Sri out of her self-imposed hiatus!) all over again...

God we miss you Sri. I hope you knew you were simply the best there ever was. Ever will be.

Sridevi on the sets of Heer Ranjha

Sridevi on the sets of Heer Ranjha (1992)

Till date the star-crossed love story has been made on film 11 times!! To be honest, and we've said this before, it is not our fav film, especially as it came in the wake of Lamhe (which was magnificent and had, pretty much the same cast; Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Anupam Kher).

The flawed execution and lackluster script, the movie was doomed at the box-office from the get-go as it opened to poor reviews and abysmal turnout.

However, the film has its own cult following, especially in Russia and in the North of India. We find posts on Heer Ranjha do well all the time on this site, especially images of Sri in her traditional costumes - which she made with designer Neeta Lulla*.

* In print in the early 90s, there was must hype and hooplah that Sridevi designed the clothes herself but in the movie, ace designer Neeta Lulla is credited for Sri's costumes.

Rare Pics: Sridevi with her step-children Anshula Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor

TBT Sridevi with the children of Boney Kapoor from his first-wife Mona Shourie Kapoor; Anshula Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor.

We have a lot of love and admiration for the Shourie-Kapoor kids for standing tall during times of adversity for their father and their step siblings. They are the finest examples of what is possible when you lead with your heart for the greater good.

Update: Unless you have something positive to say below, all trolling will be disabled. This is a fan site - not something for you to spew your venom and hate. That is NOT what Sridevi was about. She was love and light - and all that is good and great. 

Sridevi with Amitabh Bachchan

The King and Queen of Bollywood together. Released in the summer of 1986 (June 6th to be precise), Aakhree Rasta was one of the few rare movies the superstars did together as Sridevi stated on record that most leading ladies didn't have much to do in a Bachchan film hence she'd rather refrain from working in his movies. This wasn't a dis, just a matter-of-fact statement by the top acress of her time. 

Do note, Sridevi stated on record that of all her co-stars (and she really did work with EVERYONE), Amitabh Bachchan was "the greatest". 

Amazing Sridevi fan art

I mean, we've seen some dodgy fan art but this is incredible. Thank you to 'Rani...' for this valiant effort and execution. Its just gorgeous. 

Jacket, shades, jeans and sneakers 50+ and fab Sridevi

TBT: Sridevi really polished her airport looks from the get-go. Aware that all eyes are (generally)... well, all eyes were generally on her and that Mumbai papz had camped out at the airport entrance, she kept the looks comfortable but on trend. She didn't seem perturbed or vexed by the photographers, having been photographed most of her life. Having witnessed her presence in the airport, she retained her quiet dignity and always went about her business without much fuss.

Funny thing is, from afar you couldn't tell if if was a University student heading out back to school or coming home - Sri retained her youthful exuberance throughout. Bless her.