Dubai – VIJAY SHAH via Filmfare, sources
The Indian film star Sridevi Kapoor, popularly known as simply Sridevi, has died at the age of 54 after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending a nephew’s wedding in Dubai, UAE.
The actor, known for her screen siren roles in the Mumbai-based film industry during the 1980s and 1990s, was once one of the Indian film industry’s most highly paid. Famed for her good looks and superb acting, her death yesterday was greeted with shock by India’s film fraternity and her worldwide army of fans.
According to the Indian Express, many current Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandes, Sidharth Malhotra and others have taken to social media to express their condolences. Initial reports and commentary suggest that she suffered a ‘massive heart attack’ while attending the marriage celebration of her relative Mohit Marwah, along with her husband Bonny Kapoor and one of her daughters, Khushi. Initially regarded as a hoax when first reported, Sridevi’s death was confirmed as fact by her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor. Sridevi was said to have had no history of heart problems.
Sridevi was born in the Indian town of Sivakasi, in the Tamil Nadu state in the south of the country, in 1963. Named originally as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan to mixed-race Tamil and Telugu parents, she began her career as a child actor aged just four in regional movies in both the Tamil and Telugu languages, before getting her big break in mainstream Hindi cinema in 1975, in the hit iconic film Julie. She won several awards and wowed observers with her sensual dance numbers and duplicity of roles. Her fame became global, even gaining a cult following in Afghanistan after the fall of the film-hating Taliban administration. In later years, she had invigorated her career and also took up modelling.
The actor’s body will be repatriated back to her home in Mumbai in the forthcoming days. Concerned fans and friends of the Kapoor family have being heading to her home to comfort her other daughter Jahnvi, who did not attend the wedding due to work commitments.
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