Popular Tamil actress Sridevi has suddenly died at the age of 54 in Dubai.
The veteran actress reportedly died late Saturday night after suffering a cardiac arrest. The news has shocked many around the world, particularly her peers in the Indian entertainment industry, many of whom drew inspiration from her long list of work and shared film credits with her.
"Sridevi's first release of 1977 was Gayathri, followed by Kavikkuyil and 16 Vayathinile, where she played the role of a young girl who is caught between her two lovers. She also starred in the movie's Telugu remake Padaharella Vayasu in 1978. Her subsequent notable films included Bharathi Raja's Sigappu Rojakkal, SP. Muthuraman's Priya, Karthika Deepam, Johnny, Varumayin Niram Sivappu and Aakali Rajyam.
In 1981, she starred in the Tamil film Meendum Kokila which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil. In 1982, Sridevi starred in Moondram Pirai playing a woman suffering from amnesia and went on to win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress.
Sridevi's notable Telugu films include Konda Veeti Simham, Kshana Kshanam, Vetagadu, Sardar Paparayudu and Bobbili Puli. With A. Nageswara Rao, she appeared in movies such as Mudulla Koduku, Premabhishekham, Bangaru Kanuka and Premakanuka as well as Kanchu Kagada, Kalavari Samsaram, Krishnavatharam, Burripalem Bolludu, Khaidi Rudrayya, Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari, S. P. Parasuram and Govinda Govinda.
Sridevi led a successful career for decades, across film industries in India- from Tamil, to Telugu to Hindi. She took a hiatus from acting for several years after her marriage to film producer Boney Kapoor but made a comeback in 2012 with English Vinglish, about a middle-aged woman learning English.
She is survived by her husband and two daughters.