Sridevi (born on 13 August 1963) is an Indian film actress who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and a few Kannada films. Sridevi is described by the Indian media as “the First Female Superstar of Bollywood”.
Sridevi started her career as a child artist in M.A. Thirumugham’s devotional Thunaivan at the age of four, and continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in Julie (1975) and got her first breakthrough as a lead actress with the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976).
Sridevi’s Bollywood debut as a lead actress was in Solva Sawan (1978), and she gained wide public attention with Himmatwala (1983), which was followed by a number of popular films in the 1980s and 1990s such as Sadma, Nagina, Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, Chandni, Lamhe, Khuda Gawah and Judaai.
In 2012, Sridevi returned to films after a 15-year long hiatus with English Vinglish and became the only actress in the history of Hindi Cinema to make a highly successful comeback. In 2013, the Government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour. She was also voted ‘India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years’ in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in 2013 on the occasion of the Centenary of Indian Cinema. In her career, Sridevi has won five Filmfare Awards including a Filmfare Special Award.
Sridevi was born in Sivakasi, Tamilnadu on 13 August 1963. Her native language is Tamil and she also speaks Telugu. Her father was a lawyer. She has a sister and two step brothers. Sridevi married Boney Kapoor, a film producer and the elder brother of actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor, in 1996. They have two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi.
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