Sunday, 19 September 2021

Now and Then: Sridevi

 Sridevi in her 20s and Sridevi in her 40s. 

Jaani Dost and Adavi Simhalu in 1983: Sridevi shoots the same film in Telugu and Hindi simultaneously

Jaani Dost (Best Friends) was released in 1983, produced by C. Ashwini Dutt, M. Arjuna Raju, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. 

It stars Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Parveen Babi, Sridevi, with music composed by Bappi Lahiri. 

The film was simultaneously made along with the Telugu-language movie Adavi Simhalu, with Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Sridevi and Jaya Prada in pivotal roles. 

Sridevi appeared in both films - Jaya Prada in only the Telugu version (amidst some controversy as Parveen Babi did her role in the Hindi version). 

Both the movies were made simultaneously by the same producer and director, some of the scenes and actors are identical in both the versions. The grand finale song was shot simultaneously, hence this star-studded tree; seven superstars of South Indian and Hindi film industry with Sridevi standing front and centre.

The Telugu version hit the theatres first on April 28th, and the Hindi was released a month later on 27th May 1983. Oddly enough, Adavi Simhalu was a smash while Jaani Dost just barely broke even. 

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Shabana Azmi and Sridevi: Parallel lives in Bollywood


Shabana Azmi and Sridevi: Parallel lives in Bollywood! 

Many new-age Johnny-come-lately fans of Sridevi are shocked when they hear that Sridevi lost the Best Actress award (for her faultless performance in Sadma) to Shabana Azmi. Even Sridevi - ever the observant one - knew it was Ms Azmi's yea - I mean, look at the competition.  

Today, the great Shabana Azmi turns 71 - we wish her health and happiness.  

Sridevi in Chandni: Cutest ever gif of Sri

 Sridevi in Chandni: Cutest ever gif of Sri

Filmfare excerpt: Queen of Hearts: Sridevi


Triangle Tangle

Must say that Sridevi still sets hearts pitter-patter. The other day, at a studio, ma'am Sri was togged out in a deadly outfit and no visitors were allowed on the sets. To see her perform a dance number, top heroes however snatched permission from the gateman and slipped inside to pay Sri a heap of compliments to which the lady could only respond with, "Oh thank you, thank you." 

Friday, 17 September 2021