Regarded as first female superstar, 54-year-old Bollywood diva passed away on Saturday night leaving everyone shocked. Even though she is not among us anymore, she has left a mammoth legacy – the grandeur of which spanned across 4 decades – to remember her by. Her reinvented ‘comeback’ with English Vinglish in 2012 made her current and hugely popular among those millennials as well who are otherwise cynical of traditional Bollywood.
The queen of Bollywood starred in over 275 films – the first one of which was at the age of 4. Other than Hindi films, she has also performed in Indian regional languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
Sridevi wasn’t just an extremely gorgeous woman, she was blessed with versatility in talent. This allowed her to perform in films from diverse genres including thriller, comedy, drama, action, suspense and romance.
Other than the title of being the first female superstar of Bollywood, the timeless beauty adorned many other titles. The most prominent of which are Padma Shri by the government of India, ‘timeless beauty’ by Vogue, ‘India’s greatest actress’ by Indian English language news network CNN-IBN and ‘national treasure’ by another Indian English language news network NDTV.
Her legacy includes several evergreen Bollywood and regional films and hundreds of super hit songs. Here’s our list of the ten evergreen songs from Sridevi’s films that we think many will remember her by.
1. Hawa Hawai
This classic number from a classic film Mr India became identity of the Bollywood queen for years.
2. I love you
Another classic, also from Mr India film, is the I love you song. It’s Sridevi’s dance moves that forces many to start dancing uncontrollably as soon as beat of the song starts.
3. Aye Zindagi Gale Lagaa Le
This classic will force you to sing along and reminisce the memories and life struggles as you watch queen Sridevi as a young woman who returns to childhood after suffering a head injury in a car crash.
4. Main Teri Dushman, Dushman Tu Mera
When she played the uber-naagin. Watch it and you’ll forget the modern day soap naagins.
5. Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta Yahan Pyaar Zindagi Mein
We have all been there and have listened to this number in rainy days of our lives, haven’t we?
6. Mere Haathon Mein
From movie Chandni starring opposite Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi taught the girls how to dance with shiny bangles on.
7. Na Jane Kahan Se
Another classic that we have all heard and the one that brings out the our naughty self.
8. Kabhi Main Kahoon
9. Tu Na Ja Mere Badshah
With Sridevi starring opposite another Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachan, this song sure will melt your heart.
10. Ooee Baba
That pyar pyar kartay kartay, tum pay martay martay song in which Sridevi starred opposite Urmila and Anil Kapoor
11. Chandni O Meri Chandni
You guessed it right. Sridevi was the real and original Chandni
BONUS: Navrai Majhi
The song we all hear in modern wedding videos and even dance to it on our friends’ weddings is actually from her 2012 film English Vinglish that was dubbed Sridevi’s ‘comeback’
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