Bollywood’s first female superstar dies
By Matters India Reporter
Dubai: Sridevi Kapoor, the first female superstar of Bollywood, died of a massive heart attack on February 24 in Dubai. She was 54.
Her death was confirmed late in the evening by her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor.
“Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11:00-11:30. I don’t know more details yet,” Sanjay confirmed the news to indianexpress.com.
She was reportedly with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi at the time of death. Sridevi was in United Arab Emirates with her family to attend the wedding ceremony of Mohit Marwah.
The attack was massive and Sridevi succumbed despite several efforts made to revive her. Agencies report.
Her elder daughter Janhvi was in Mumbai, shooting for Karan Johar’s directorial Dhadak.
Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi had worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before debuting in Hindi films. She had started her career as a child artiste, and grew up to be one of the biggest female stars India ever had. The government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor, in 2013.
The actor not only won hearts of millions with her films like Chandni, Lamhe, Mr India, Nagina and more in the 1990’s. She also continued winning accolades in her second innings with films like English Vinglish.
She was last seen in 2017 film MOM. Her daughter Janhvi is set to make her Bollywood debut this year with Dhadak.
Sridevi, as she is popularly known, was born on August 13, 1963, as Amma Yanger Ayyapan at Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. Her father was Ayyapan, a Tamil lawyer, and mother Rajeswari, a Telugu. She has a sister and two step brothers.
Sridevi is widely regarded by media as one of the most iconic leading ladies of Bollywood and one of the most popular members of Hindi Cinema. Critics have commented on her comedic abilities and her skills as a dancer. In the 1990s, Sridevi was one of the highest earning actresses of Bollywood.