Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Has Sridevi really done 300 films?

So there are a multitude of reasons of why we've been maintaining this blog - and an earlier version of it - for the past nearly two decades. To have an archive of Sridevi images, interviews, quotes... well, anything really in the orbit of the luminous Indian actress.

We are still grieving her loss... and her absence in the world has emboldened our drive to keep her alive online, one jpeg at a time.

During the promotions of the film Mom, the Indian media had picked up this lofty notion that Sridevi had appeared in 300 Indian films.

Immediately our brows perked up in doubt. Hmm. 300 films..It seemed plausible - the actress had worked for fifty years in five different Indian languages, but without fact-checking (a ludicrous notion in the age of alacrity over accuracy!) for even a second, the media went berserk over that headline-friendly number.

We just did a quick wiki search and here's what we've tabulated so far. Sridevi has appeared in...
Tamil Films 72
Malayalam 25
Kannada 6
Telugu 91
Hindi 72

If anyone can find us the remaining 34, we'd greatly appreciate it! For the record Mom was not her 300th film, but her 266th.

This is not to undercut any of Sridevi's vast achievements but to perforate Indian film journalists who do the absolute bare minimum - if even any - research and background check when it comes to movies and movie stars. There are so many examples online of faulty film journalism that its too exhausting to list. From the misrepresentation of Sridevi's name - Shree Amma Iyenger? Really? Where did that come from?! - to stating that Sridevi won Filmfare awards for Moondram Pirai / Sadma. No she didn't. She deserved to win - obviously - but was denied the honours those years.

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