Sridevi’s death anniversary: How Bollywood remembered the late actor
To all who knew her and all who didn’t, Sridevi was a larger-than-life figure—tall, statuesque, and a gifted actor who tugged at millions of heartstrings with her performances. Owing to a filmography of almost 300 movies spanning at least five different languages, Sridevi was rightfully touted as Bollywood’s first female superstar—a box-office magnet from 1970s to 1990s. Naturally, along the way, she received almost every award the industry had to offer.
On February 24, 2018, an ordinary morning brought sad news for not just the film industry, but the entire nation as well, as millions of fans and well-wishers world over woke up to news of Sridevi’s untimely death in Dubai, where she was attending a wedding. Today, a year after her tragic passing, the late actor’s absence continues to felt by family, friends and fans alike.
Bollywood remembers Sridevi on her first death anniversary
On the eve of Sridevi’s first death anniversary, daughter Janhvi Kapoor took to Instagram to post a monochromatic picture of two pairs of hands, where the young actor appears to be sitting on her mother’s lap, with a heartwarming caption. “My heart will always be heavy. But I’ll always be smiling because it has you in it,” she wrote. Cousins Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Mohit Marwah, along Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra and Malaika Arora, among others, commented on the post soon after to share their love and condolences.
Twitter saw fans and celebrities taking to the social media platform to mourn the late actor as well. Shabana Azmi put up a post early today morning, saying “A year already .. #Sridevi . You will live on through your work”, while veteran actor Anupam Kher shared a tweet reading, “Remembering Sridevi: It’ll Never Ever Register She is not There.” Fans have also been re-circulating a tribute video that Boney Kapoor shared on Sridevi’s Twitter account in June 2018 to commemorate what would have been their 22nd wedding anniversary.
Ahead of Sridevi’s death anniversary, English Vinglish director, Gauri Shinde, spoke to Vogue about life after the actor. “Sridevi not being in my life made me question my profession itself. What affects me is not that I lost a friend, but the loss of an artist.” In another chat, Manish Malhotra, a long-time collaborator and close friend to Sridevi, also said, “Sridevi’s loss has been the first death that I have seen so close and it shook me. It has taken me months to get over it. For months she would come in my dreams. I still can’t believe it and already a year has passed. I miss her—I miss her voice, I miss her calls. I miss chatting, catching up, discussing films and clothes, both things that we love. She was, is, and will always remain the most special to me. Her death truly taught me that nothing is permanent in life and that every moment must be lived to the fullest.”
The Kapoor family had held a special puja at Sridevi’s Chennai home on the late actor’s Hindu death anniversary on February 14, 2019, which saw Anil Kapoor and other family members in attendance.
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Author: Nupur Sarvaiya