Remembering Sridevi: Her top 10 most memorable roles in movies

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Sridevi's untimely passing at the age 54 has sent shockwaves among her fans and movie-lovers.

The celebrated actress, who is also regarded as one of the 'first female superstars of Indian cinema', died of a cardiac arrest on 24th Feb - while attending a family function in Dubai.

Born in 13 August 1963, Sridevi started her career as a child actor in the late 60's in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. Establishing herself as a leading actress in both regional and Hindi cinema, Sridevi worked in a number of memorable mainstream classics, which created a cult image of her many characters as portrayed on-screen.

As her countless fans, co-stars and admirers mourn her uncertain, early passing - we remember the celebrated diva, with some of her most memorable performances over the years.

Here are the top 10 most memorable roles as played by the late superstar:


Released in the year 1994, Sridevi starred opposite Anil Kapoor and Raveena Tandon in this potboiler entertainer, but managed to escalate her role and performance above the average and stereotypical script. Playing a tough business cookie, Sridevi's performance was so stellar that it was considered the sole reason why the movie turned out to be a big hit at the box office.


This romantic drama featured Sridevi star opposite Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna. Released in the year 1989, under the direction of Yash Chopra, 'Chandni' turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year - earning a national film award for 'Best Popular Film.'

The movie was considered instrumental in bringing back the era of romance in Bollywood, after the 'angry young man' personas were exhausted to the point of boredom. Chandni is definitely one of the must-watch movies of Sridevi.


Another Yash Chopra directorial, that featured one of the most famous dance-sequences by Sridevi. 'Lamhe' fetched Sri a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her critically lauded performance in the film. Although the movie failed to do any wonders at the box office, it is still regarded as one of the best Yash Chopra romances of all time featuring one of the most memorable performances by the actress.


This 1986 blockbuster established Sridevi as a box-office powerhouse - as despite her being the leading protagonist of the movie, it became the second highest grosser of the year. The movie may not have aged that well, with so many of Bollywood stereotypes in its script and execution, but Sridevi's iconic depiction of a 'shape-shifting-serpant' has turned it into a cult-classic over the coarse of time. The success of the movie also spawned a sequel - making it the first Indian movie with a sequel and making her the first actor in Bollywood to have a movie franchise of her own.

If one has to talk about Sridevi's impact as the reigning box-office queen and a true blue female superstar of her time - this movie would be the perfect example.

Mr India

This 1987 released Shekhar Kapoor directorial produced some of the most iconic moments in Indian cinema history. From the birth of one of the most celebrated villains in Bollywood, 'Mugambo' played by Amrish Puri to the first invisible superhero protagonist played by Anil Kapoor. The film also featured Sri's most iconic dance anthem 'Hawa Hawaii' which was recently reused in Vidya Balan's 'Tumhari Sulu.'

And you can't forget her presence in the sultry number 'Kaate Nahi Katte Yeh Din' - often called one of the sexiest rain songs of all time.


"Uii Baba Barabba!"

Most 90's kids would remember this flick for its wicked concept which revolved around the leading lady (played by Sridevi) selling her husband to a rich woman for money. Judaai was an unusual story filled with all the stereotypical masala entertainment quotients by its director Raj Kanwar - featuring one of Sridevi's last big-screen appearances before she took a long hiatus from movies following her marriage to producer Boney Kapoor.


Released in the year 2017, 'Mom' has now turned out to be the last big-screen appearance of Sridevi in her second innings as a leading lady in cinema. Her performance, as a mother plotting vengeance for her sexually violated daughter, was lauded by both critics and audiences - yielding her a 'Best Actress' nomination at the 2018 Filmfare awards.

English Vinglish

Marking the official return of Sridevi into movies, this heartwarming family drama (released in 2012) touched the right chords with critics and audiences alike - featuring the superstar in one of her most loved characters, which helped her get introduced to a newer generation of moviegoers.


One of her most loved and memorable performances, taking the depiction of 'twins' in Bollywood to another level. The movie features Sridevi at her comical best - as she plays the tamed, shy and introverted Anju and her outspoken, 'bindaas', bold and bubbly twin sister 'Manju' with equal finesse. 

Although the era of 'Bollywood judwas' is totally a thing of the past, this movie still never fails to entertain.


One of her most heart-wrenching performances came in this Kamal Hassan starrer drama, in which she plays a mentally impaired woman stuck in a brothel. Released in the year 1983, the movie did not fair well at the box office but has since received a 'cult status' among viewers - featuring phenomenal performances by both Sridevi and Kamal Hassan.

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