Sridevi, an Indian Film Actress, Dancer, Television Actress & Film Producer was born on 13-08-1963 in Meenampatti, Madras State (now Meenampatti, Virudhunagar district in the state of Tamil Nadu), India as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyappan. She was popularly known for her work in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada & Malayalam cinema. To date, she is addressed as the “First Female Superstar” of Indian cinema.
|Other Names||Shree Amma Yanger Ayyappan, Sridevi Kapoor, Sridevi Boney Kapoor, Joker, Chandni, Hawa-Hawai|
|Profession||Film Actress, Dancer, Television Actress, Film Producer|
|Appearance||Tamil, Telugu, Bollywood, Kannada & Malayalam|
|Birth Place||Meenampatti, Madras State, India|
|Age||54 Years Old (as of 24-02-2018)|
|Film Debut||Tamil Film – Kandhan Karunai (1967)|
Malayalam Film – Kumara Sambhavam (1969)
Telugu Film – Maa Nanna Nirdoshi (1970)
Bollywood Film – Rani Mera Naam (1972)
Kannada Film – Bhakta Kumbara (1974)
|TV Debut||Malini Iyer (2004)|
|Best Known for||Moondru Mudichu (1976)|
Moondram Pirai (1982)
Mr. India (1987)
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990)
Kshana Kshanam (1991)
– among others
Sridevi worked in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi & Kannada cinema. She stepped into Indian cinema at the age of 3 & half and emerged as the First Female Superstar of Indian cinema. She was also a trained classical dancer. She worked in a total number of 268 movies including Hindi 72, Tamil 74, Telugu 92, Malayalam 25 & Kannada 5.
She made her film debut in A. P. Nagarajan’s Tamil mythological film “Kandhan Karunai” as a child artist in 1967 at the age of 3 & half. She made her acting debut as a lead actress in K. Balachander’s Tamil romantic thriller film “Moondru Mudichu” in 1976 opposite Kamal Hassan, for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Award. After that, she gave several hits to the Tamil cinema including 16 Vayathinile, Sigappu Rojakkal, Pagalil Oru Iravu, Varumayin Niram Sivappu, Meendum Kokila, Moondram Pirai, and many others.
In 2015, she made her comeback in Tamil cinema through Chimbu Deven’s film “Puli” as Queen Yavanarani. She worked in a total number of 74 Tamil movies.
She made her Malayalam film debut as a child artist in “Kumara Sambhavam” in 1969 at the age of 6. She was seen as a lead actress in “Abhinandanam” in 1976 opposite KP Ummer & Jayabharathi. In 1977, she played a double role in I. V. Sasi’s film “Angeekaaram” opposite Prameela, Vincent, KP Ummer & Sukumaran. She worked in a total number of 25 Malayalam movies.
She made her Telugu film debut as a child artist in “Maa Nanna Nirdoshi” in 1970 at the age of 7. Her first Telugu film as a lead actress was “Padaharella Vayasu“, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and released on 31-08-1978, for which she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actress Telugu. She made a total number of 92 Telugu movies including her best films Karthika Deepam, Premabhishekam, Aakhari Poratam, Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari, Kshana Kshanam, and many others.
She made her Bollywood film debut as a child artist in “Rani Mera Naam” in 1972 at the age of 9. She made her Bollywood acting debut as a lead actress in Bharathiraja’s romantic drama film “Solva Sawan” in 1979 opposite Amol Palekar. She worked in a total number of 72 Bollywood movies including her best movies Himmatwala, Sadma, Nagi, Mr. India, Chandni, Lamhe, Khuda Gawah, Laadla, Judaai, and others.
In 2004, She comeback through the Hindi television serial “Malini Iyer“.
After her comeback, she gave two hit movies to the Indian cinema titled “English Vinglish” in 2012 & “Mom” in 2017.
She made her Kannada film debut as a child artist in “Bhakta Kumbara” in 1974 at the age of 11. She was seen as a lead actress role in S. P. Muthuraman’s film “Priya” in 1979 opposite Rajinikanth. She worked in a total number of 5 Kannada movies.
Sridevi died on 24-02-2018 at the age of 54 from an accidental drowning in a bathtub at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, UAE. She reached Dubai on 20-02-2018 along with her daughter Khushi to attend the marriage of her nephew Mohit Marwah and was staying at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel’s Room Number 2201.
|Death Date||24-02-2018 (Saturday)|
|Death Place||Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, UAE|
|Death Cause||Accidental Drowning in a Bathtub|
She never went to school or college due to enter in Indian cinema at an early age. In a 2013’s interview with The New Indian Express, she revealed missing out on her carefree childhood due to entering the film industry at the age of 3 & half.
“I lost out on going to school and college life, but I got into the film industry and worked without a gap – from child actor, I went straight to heroine. There was no time to think and I was grateful for it.”– Sridevi, The New Indian Express, 2013
Body Measurement/Physical Appearance
|Height||in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”|
in centimeters: 168 cm
in meters: 1.68 m
|Weight||56 Kgs (123 lbs)|
- Sridevi was an Indian Film Actress, Dancer, Television Actress & Film Producer.
- Her birth name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyappan.
- She worked in various Indian language movies including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, and Kannada.
- She was addressed as the “First Female Superstar” of Indian Cinema.
- Her fans/family friends also refer to her by names like Chandni, Nagin, Hawa-Hawai, and Joker (by her family).
- She won a total number of 7 Filmfare Awards.
- She was also a good classical dancer.
- She was the stepmother of Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor & his sister Anshula Kapoor, who was born to Boney Kapoor’s first wife Mona Shourie Kapoor.
- In the 1980s, she fell in love with actor Mithun Chakraborty.
- She was 8 years younger than her husband Boney Kapoor.
- She was honored with the Padma Shri in 2013.
- She was last seen in the Bollywood film “Zero” as a cameo appearance.
- She died on 24-02-2018, before releasing the debut film “Dhadak” of her daughter Janhvi Kapoor.
- The wax statue of Sridevi’s Hawaa Hawaai look has been established at Madame Tussauds Museum in Singapore on the occasion of her 56th birth anniversary on 13-08-2019.
- Her biography book of 296 pages titled “Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess” written by Satyarth Nayak was published on 22-12-2019 by Penguin Random House.
- Google honored her with a Google Doodle on her 60th birth anniversary i.e. 13-08-2023.
|Affair/Boyfriend||Mithun Chakraborty, Boney Kapoor|
|Husband||Boney Kapoor (Marriage date: 02-06-1996)|
|Son||Arjun Kapoor (step-son)|
|Daughters||Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Anshula Kapoor (step-daughter)|
She was born to a homemaker mother Rajeswari Yanger and a lawyer father Ayyapan Yanger. She had a younger sister named Srilatha. Her younger sister is happily married to politician Sanjay Ramasamy since 1989. Her father passed away from a heart attack in 1990. On 02-06-1996, she married film producer Boney Kapoor after dating him for years. Her mother passed away in 1997 from brain cancer. She along with Boney Kapoor, had two daughters named Janhvi Kapoor & Khushi Kapoor. Her daughter, Janhvi made her acting debut in the Bollywood film “Dhadak” in 2018. Her daughter, Khushi made her acting debut in the Bollywood film The Archies in 2023.
Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Janhvi & Khushi.
The childhood photo of Sridevi with her father Ayyapan Yanger.
In the 1980s, she was in a relationship with actor Mithun Chakraborty. In the 1990’s she dated film producer Boney Kapoor and got married with him in 1996.
|Home Town||Meenampatti, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Best Friend||Jaya Prada, Manish Malhotra, Jeetendra, Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor|
|Favorite Singer||Lata Mangeshkar|
|Favorite Actor||Shah Rukh Khan|
|Favorite Actress||Meryl Streep|
|Favorite Place||New York City|
|Favorite Food||Rice Rasam|