Remembering Sridevi: The enchanting beauty who can never be replaced
Yash Chopra used Switzerland as a character to narrate the love story of Rohit and Chandni in his 1989 movie Chandni.
Movie-goers of that era were unaware of the foreign land's majestic Alps and its beauty.
But when they saw the movie, Switzerland's locales didn't interest them as much as the woman who danced in chiffon sarees. Sridevi was more beautiful than everything else in the frame.
30 years and her untimely demise later, the charm hasn't faded away.
A year ago, Chandni left fans for heavenly abode
Exactly a year ago, Bollywood lovers woke up to a rude shock of Sridevi passing away at a Dubai hotel after drowning in a bathtub.
The cine legend worked in more than 300 movies in five languages, her last Bollywood release being 2017 movie Mom.
The first female superstar of Bollywood, Sridevi trumped her male co-stars in fan following and inspired millions.
Sridevi ruled film industry and hearts for years
The undisputed queen of Indian cinema, Sridevi started her career when she was just a toddler.
As the years passed, her craft became more sophisticated. The serpentine queues outside theaters bore testimony to the anticipation surrounding a Sridevi movie.
Always discreet about her personal life, Sridevi, the Goddess, bewitched viewers every time she appeared on the screen.
She was and still is irreplaceable.
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Giver her a role and Sridevi never disappointed
Sridevi ruled the 80s and 90s and rarely had any haters. Those who had a discerning eye for cinema praised how Sridevi transformed herself with every character.
Mr. India's Seema, an investigative journalist, didn't have qualms in becoming a cabaret dancer, Khuda Gawah's Benazir rode horses and fought enemies, Chaalbaaz's Manju performed street acts with an element of comedy, Chandni's Chandni showed what selfless love meant and English Vinglish's Shashi found herself beyond her kitchen.
In every role, Sridevi was flawless.
Sridevi's beauty and grace touched hearts
Sridevi's acting prowess ensured the film offers never stopped and nothing made her fans happier than watching her hypnotizing beauty.
She embodied feminine mystique, both on and off screen. Never being the one to shy away from difficult roles, her expressions winning hearts, Sridevi's calculated statements off the screen kept a mystery around her alive.
Her grace and beauty never dimmed.
Every time Sridevi danced, she awed one and all
When Chandni danced on Tere Mere Hothon Pe, or when Seema moved seductively in Kaante Nai Katte Din Ye Raat, or when Pallavi danced on Choodiyan Khanak Gayi Haathon Me, viewers had no choice but to be mesmerized.
She had a dazzling screen presence, her sex appeal was unmatched and all women aspired to achieve her finesse.
Sridevi shone brighter than the brightest star!
Sridevi rocked basically every outfit given to her
Give Sridevi any costume, and she would pull it off with ultimate panache.
Whether it was a loud, gaudy headgear (Hawa Hawai), a dress which made her appear like an apsara (Naino Me Sapna), or chiffon sarees which defined her for years, Sridevi looked alluring in each one of them.
Coupled with communicative expressions and sweet voice, Sridevi took breaths away.
Sridevi will always be missed and loved
Sridevi was beautiful, vivacious, sensuous, funny, and humble all at the same time. They surely don't make stars/actresses/Goddesses like her anymore. A year on, her fans still miss her and it might take longer for the emptiness to evaporate. We miss you, legend!
Choodiyan Khanak Gayi Haathon Me
Kaante Nai Katte Din Ye Raat
Naino Me Sapna
Tere Mere Hothon Pe