Sridevi was born on 13 August 1963 to Ayyapan and Rajeshwari in Tamil Nadu. Sridevi had lost out on going to school and college owing to her film commitments. Sridevi began her career as a child artiste at the age of four in the Tamil movie Kandan Karunai in 1967. Later, as a child actor she forayed in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films. Sridevi debuted as a child artist in Bollywood with Rani Mera Naam in 1972. She also appeared in the film Julie.
Sridevi debuted in Bollywood as a lead actress in 1979. She got huge recognition for the film Himmatwala in 1983, which made her an overnight star. Her stardom followed with successful films like Mawaali (1983), Naya Kadam (1984), Tohfa (1984), Karma (1986), Mr. India (1987), Nagina (1986), ChaalBaaz (1989) among others. Films like Lamhe, Gumrah, Khuda Gawah, Chandni and Laadla added to her superstardom. She is regarded as the “first female superstar” of Indian cinema, who became the recipient of various awards, including the National Film Award, the Nandi Award, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award, the Kerala State Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, and three Filmfare Awards South. The Government of India honoured Sridevi with the Padma Shri in 2013. She was also conferred with honorary awards by the state governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
Some of her notable films include:
- Mr. India
- Khuda Gawah
Sridevi married producer Boney Kapoor in 1996. They have two daughters, actress Janhvi and Khushi. After a sabbatical from the industry, Sridevi debuted on television with the show Malini Iyer (2004–2005) and as a judge in the TV show Kaboom (2005). Besides her other appearances on the small screen, Sridevi returned to big screen in 2012 with successful film English Vinglish. She marked her 300th film in 2017 with the film Mom, which garnered her critical acclaim. On 24 February 2018, Sridevi was declared dead in her guest room at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai revealed the cause of Sridevi’s death as “accidental drowning.”