Friday, 18 March 2011

1989: The Year of Sridevi

1989 was possibly one of the most significant years of Sridevi's career in Hindi films (and especially for her Bollywood fans) as she had a whopping seven major film releases!

The mega hit Chandni, the award-winning and successful Chaalbaaz, the extended guest appearance in Main Tera Dushman (which did not have a huge run at the box office), Guru (the last successful film she did with Mithun), the long-delayed and ultimately unsuccessful Joshilay (the Sholay-rehash), Gair Kanooni (her only film with Govinda) and finally, India's first sequel and superhero movie, Nigahein (Nagina Part II), which didn't meet expectations, but passed muster by breaking even, if not a small profit for the producers.

Hits, flops and guest-starring roles aside, Sridevi ruled nevertheless, capping the 1980s with tour de force performances and box office success. What a mighty year for the hardest working woman in Bollywood! (Refer to early posts on Sridevi's unbeatable filmography).

FilmDate of ReleaseBox-office 
Main Tera Dushman3 February, 1989Average
Joshilaay10 February, 1989Average
Guru24 February, 1989Hit
Gair Kanooni24 March, 1989Flop
Nigahein11 August, 1989Average 
Chandni14 September, 1989Super hit
Chaalbaaz 8 December, 1989Hit

* According to IMDB, Joshilaay was released on 10 January, 1989, but Wikipedia says it was released 10 February, 1989!


At the time, there were only Filmfare Awards and the National Awards and Sridevi's name came into play often in the 80s;

Chandni had several nominations:

37th National Film Awards Winner
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment - Yash Chopra & T. Subbarami Reddy

35th Filmfare Awards


Best Cinematography - Manmohan Singh


Best Film - Yash Chopra & T. Subbarami Reddy
Best Director - Yash Chopra
Best Actress - Sridevi
Best Actor - Rishi Kapoor
Best Supporting Actor - Vinod Khanna
Best Supporting Actress - Waheeda Rehman
Best Music - Shiv-Hari
Best Lyricist - Anand Bakshi - "Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki"
Best Male Singer - Suresh Wadkar - "Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki"



Best Actress – Sridevi
Best Choreographer – Saroj Khan for song – "Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai"

Nominated: Best Playback Singer (Female) - Kavita Krishnamurthy – "Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai"

Below: Sridevi L to R in the films; Guru, Main Tera Dushman, Joshilaay, Nigahein, Chaalbaaz and Chandni!

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