Sridevi (1963-2018)
February 25, 2018 8:11 PM   Subscribe

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor has died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest at a family wedding. She was 54. Sridevi was known for her decades-long career, versatility, charm and killer dance moves. Her work spanned many languages and industries. She acted in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films.

She made her debut as a child actress in Thunaivan, a Tamil film. From there, she went on star in at least 126 movies. Her most critically acclaimed films include Sadma (1983), Mr. India (1987), Chandni (1989), Kshana Kshanam (1991). She retired after Judaai (1997) but returned to star in English Vinglish (2012) and Mom (2017).

It's impossible to overstate her influence on the industry. Her death was mourned by celebrities and fans alike.

She is survived by her husband, Boney Kapoor, and her two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi.
posted by orangutan (19 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:47 PM on February 25, 2018


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posted by the return of the thin white sock at 9:18 PM on February 25, 2018


So young. Any idea what caused the heart attack?
posted by WCityMike at 9:21 PM on February 25, 2018


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posted by cendawanita at 10:03 PM on February 25, 2018


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Gone way, way too soon. Her movies were such a big part of the 90s. Her turn in English Vinglish was delightful, and it was so wonderful that she was coming back to acting after a break to raise her kids. She had tremendous star power and absolutely lit up the screen.
I am still having trouble believing it.
posted by Nieshka at 10:47 PM on February 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


What a loss, and so shockingly young. She had amazing larger-than-life charisma—I still vividly remember the impact of her performance as twins in the otherwise-pretty-awful Chaalbaaz, which I watched as a kid. And although English Vinglish is truly lovely, and I enjoyed her gentle and toned-down performance in it, I still have a nostalgic preference for the 90s Bollywood megastar version of Sridevi, snake dances and Charlie Chaplin rip-offs and all.
posted by Aravis76 at 11:32 PM on February 25, 2018 [3 favorites]


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She had to be more than 54, I've been watching her for years.
posted by infini at 12:42 AM on February 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


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posted by fraula at 12:59 AM on February 26, 2018


There's a lot of chatter on social media about cosmetic surgery gone wrong, with people saying how small she looked when she came back for English Vinglish. I wasn't aware that she is credited as having brought plastic surgery to Bollywood, but since all that is gossip and there is apparenty a family history for Heart problems ( I think an Aunt died young in similar circumstances) I'm going with all the people who are getting their BP & LDL checked and getting on medication as a result of the horror and shock they feel at her early demise.

Infini, it may appear like that because people have been watching her for 50 years? She debuted at 4 yrs old.

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posted by Wilder at 2:53 AM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


The Dubai government is reporting that a post-mortem is showing the cause of death as "accidental drowning" in a bathtub following loss of consciousness.
posted by hexaflexagon at 5:36 AM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


The Dubai government is reporting that a post-mortem is showing the cause of death as "accidental drowning" in a bathtub following loss of consciousness.

This sounds awfully suspicious, especially coming on the heels of a completely different cause of death.
posted by clockzero at 5:43 AM on February 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Cause of death is drowning, heart attack is the cause of loss of consciousness. Perhaps.
posted by diziet at 6:03 AM on February 26, 2018 [5 favorites]


Oh that's really too bad - 54 is too young.

Sridevi was a truly remarkable performer and her performances paved the way for contemporary Indian actresses. Within my circle of friends she was our first Bollywood crush - always delightful, funny, charming and beautiful. She will be missed.
posted by Ashwagandha at 6:17 AM on February 26, 2018


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posted by Joey Michaels at 8:01 AM on February 26, 2018


I don't recall seeing any of her movies growing up, but that had more to do with the fact that I only got into Hindi movies in the mid-90s and she stopped making Hindi movies in 1997. But she was a familiar face from hours spent watching Hindi film songs on TV; she was elegant and beautiful, and had so much personality. It feels really odd, and sad, to think of such a familiar face from my growing-up years, just gone like that. 54 is too young, it's just terrible for her family.

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posted by Ziggy500 at 9:43 AM on February 26, 2018


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posted by Sphinx at 11:24 AM on February 26, 2018


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posted by sa3z at 11:39 AM on February 26, 2018


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posted by Recliner of Rage at 2:26 PM on February 26, 2018


Mother said Indian news says she was high on a cocktail of painkillers and slipped and fell in the bathtub. There were three autopsies before they released the body to go to India for the funeral.
posted by infini at 3:01 AM on March 4, 2018


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