Subhash Ghai, Rohini Hattangadi, Adil Hussain, Jaya Prada talk exclusively to midday about the actress Sridevi. Read on
Srideviworked in my 1986 film Karma. She was pure magic on screen. She was not one of the finest actors, but the finest one Indian cinema had since 1985. She was a quiet lady who had a bundle of talent. She could shock directors. She was upheld as the queen of acting in all languages. She was a dedicated homemaker, a great mother and the perfect host. She maintained her dignity and integrity as an actor, and a person, in this demanding industry. Her work on screen will be written in textbooks.
News of her demise seems like a bad dream. I couldn’t believe it till I saw it on news channels. We worked together in several films like Tohfa (1984). She was a wonderful actor and mother. It was her dream to see her daughters [Janhvi and Khushi] rule the silver screen – just like she did.
Sridevi was unique. I don’t think anyone can take her place. It is a loss for everyone – the industry, her fans and even her co-actors. She knew how to attract the audience gently, and that is a rare quality. She had the ability to leave anyone spellbound. I cherish the moments I spent with her while filming Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish (2012). Even when she was not on the set of the film, her presence was always felt. She could make anyone and everyone feel at ease. I never felt intimidated by her because she was affectionate. She had respect for her co-actors, which helped them grow. It is frustrating to learn that I will not see her again. She will be greatly missed.
It’s shocking to know that Sridevi is no more. I was fortunate to work with her in three to four films. She was reserved and would not make small talk on the sets, but the minute the camera rolled, she would transform and get into character. On the set of Chaalbaaz (1989), the director was not convinced with a shot that involved me applying makeup. When Sridevi saw me struggling, she decided to do it herself, and that became a part of the film. What the audience saw was her actually applying makeup on me. She was health conscious. It’s sad that being an actor demands that one be fit. The pressure we endure can be too demanding.
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