Friday, 14 August 2020
Thursday, 13 August 2020
20 years ago today, I started the small Sridevi yahoo fan page - which has since morphed to this blog - to collect ALL images of Sridevi and collect every news-byte, feature and interview with her or in her orbit as an ardent fan. Along the way, I found the like-minded (and the insane!) and we've been growing together as the largest Sridevi fan site online.
The numbers grew slowly and exploded in 2012 when it was made official that Sridevi would return to films, yanked out of her self-imposed retirement and hiatus by the formidable Gauri Shinde/R Balki/Boney Kapoor holy trifecta.
Now, two years since her passing - or as we see it, return to her deity form as she was a Goddess* - we average between 2.5 - 3.2 million views till date.
Gone, but not forgotten, Sridevi. Forever. And ever.
This was, as cruel fate would have it, the last birthday Sridevi celebrated with a handful of her closest friends, who just happened to be the A-list of Bollywood, Mumbai society, media, fashion and publishing.
Though there were others, in this rare clip the known faces we see - including Sridevi of course - include Rekha, Tina Munim, Rani Mukhkerjee, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan, Manish Malhotra and Filmfare magazine editor Jitesh Pillai.
Archive of past Sridevi birthday posts here.
Rare images of the two on the sets of film, post marriage and after the birth of Janhvi Kapoor.
On Twitter, producer and husband of Sridevi, Boney Kapoor posted:
Happy Birthday Sridevi... wherever you are.
Below: Short clip of Sridevi's last birthday in Mumbai, the year she turned 54, her best friend, designer Manish Malhotra, hosted a private dinner at his home inviting all the leading ladies of Bollywood to his house.
Clip from August 2017.