Sridevi’s Top 5 Bollywood Must-Watches

The late actress, Sridevi, might not be around anymore, but she left quite a legacy behind her which is incomparable. Her work has received immense praise throughout her years as the “first female superstar of India” and has earned her innumerable awards and a cult following across the nation. We have listed her 5 most iconic Bollywood movies to celebrate the life of the legend that was Sridevi.

1.    Sadma -
This 1983 film, written and directed by famous South Indian director Balu Mahendra, and dialogues by Gulzar that successfully made the audience tear up, this movie was not your conventional love story. The story is simple, a young girl called Reshmi , played by Sridevi, who, due to a head injury, regresses to childhood and although she is a grown woman, behaves like an 8 year old child. She then meets Somu, a kind but lonely teacher, played by Kamal Hassan, after she ends up in a brothel. He is intrigued with her and after discovering her problem, he rescues her and takes her with him to his house in Ooty, where he takes care of her. The movie is about the inevitable love they develop for each other and though the story takes interesting turns, what stands out about this movie is thir contrasting personalities. Taciturn Somu is the opposite of joyous, full-of-life Reshmi. The characters have been beautifully written and executed with perfection. The movie was a re-make of the Tamil film “Moondram Pirai,” and earned both the leads nominations for Filmfare Best Actor and Actress awards.

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2.    Chandni  -
Earning classic status in the Indian film industry is this movie by veteran director, Yash Chopra, who created magic on screen with the help of legendary star cast Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and Juhi Chawla. It became one of the biggest box office of 1989 and won National Film Award for Best Popular Film of the year. Sridevi’s portrayal of the titular character who is torn between two men, was critically acclaimed and shot her to the top of the roster. She also got nominated for the Filmfare Award in Best Actress category.

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3.    Lamhe  -
Yash Chopra struck again in 1991 with the super-star, yet again. This coming-of-age romantic film may not have done very well at the box office when it came out back in the day, but has been one of the more mature roles played by the leading lady. Sridevi faced the challenge of having two roles to carry out, one as an older woman a young Anil Kapoor is doting on and for the second half, she played the woman’s daughter besotted with a now much older Kapoor. Regardless of the stark difference between the two parts, she aced both of them beautifully. This underrated classic told a story that was way ahead of its times, raising a lot of eyebrows. And though her performance fetched her a second Filmfare Best Actress Award, Indian audiences found it hard to relate to the young girl who was hopelessly in love with a man, Anil Kapoor, who could have very well been her father’s age and was yet bold enough to express her feelings. But this one is highly recommended due to the daring storyline and graceful performances by Sridevi and Anil Kapoor.

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4.    Mr. India  -
For a lot of us, this movie was one of the highlights of our childhood. The highest-grossing film of 1987, this iconic superhero movie to this day remains a cult classic. Giving us the charming and bubbly Seema, played Sridevi, a loveable, kind hearted orphan played by Anil Kapoor and one of the most memorable villains of Indian cinema, Mogambo, played by the late Amrish Puri. Shekhar Kapoor directed this memorable flick, taking us on an emotional rollercoaster. This is one movie one could re-watch time and time again without it getting stale.

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5.    Nagina  -
Although worn down by every other movie with the same plot-line about a beautiful shape-shifting snake-woman out to avenge the death of her lover, Sridevi redefined the role and made it her own, and as a result, spawned the smash-hit that was “Nagina”. It also starred veteran Rishi Kapoor, but the audience was entranced by the beauty in this unforgettably haunting role. We encourage you to watch this one mainly for the snake dance she does while she sings “Mein Teri Dushman” for snake-charmer Amrish Puri.


                                                                                                                                 -Rubaina Bilgrami

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