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Those expressive eyes and the mischievous smile sent hearts aquiver and lit up the cinema screens, making Sridevi Bollywood's first female superstar.
54-year-old Sridevi’s demise on 24 February night, was reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding.
The sudden demise of the veteran actor has sent shockwaves throughout the Indian film industry with many Bollywood celebrities, cricketers and politicians expressing their condolences.
The news of Sridevi's death spread like wildfire. Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who worked with Sridevi in Sadma, the Hindi remake of their 1982 Tamil film Moondram Pirai, wrote on Twitter that the lullaby 'Suramayi ankhiyon mein' from the movie haunts him now.
"Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. We both were very fond of each other. Sadma’s song rings in my ears now. I think that’s a very great lullaby for the very talented and beautiful Sridevi." - Kamal Haasan, Actor and Politician
Actor-BJP MP Hema Malini said Sridevi's death is a loss to the Indian film industry, which would never be compensated. “Sridevi's sudden passing away has left me in deep shock,” she said.
Her Chandni and Nagina co-star Rishi Kapoor said he was in complete shock to wake up to the news of Sridevi's death.
"Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!" he wrote. The actor has also changed his profile picture to an all-black image in mourning.
The Prime Minister’s office tweeted a message of condolence for the late actor.
Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 25, 2018
Aamir Khan said Sridevi will always be remembered with love and respect.
Sachin Tendulkar today mourned the sudden demise of Sridevi, saying it is hard to digest that the veteran actress is no more.
"It is really sad I have no words to express what I feel because we all grew up watching her. And to suddenly to hear that she is no longer with us is hard to digest." - Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketer
Madhuri Dixit, one of Sridevi's contemporaries, also took to Twitter to mourn her demise.
Just woke up to the terrible news of Sridevi passing. My heart goes out to her family. The world has lost a very talented person who left behind a huge legacy in film. #RIPSridevi— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) February 25, 2018
Anupam Kher, who has collaborated with Sridevi in films such as Chaalbaaz, Karma, Laadla and Chandni among others, said he cannot bring himself to talk about the actor in past tense.
Director Subhash Ghai called the actor "the uncrowned queen of acting in all languages in her times".
"I am deeply grieved for this shocking loss. Sridevi has not been one of the finest actors but the finest actor of Indian of cinema since 1985. An introvert by nature, she was electricity with thunder in front of the camera. She would shock directors by each shot taken with her on the sets, may it be dance drama or romance." - Subhash Ghai, Director
Other B-town celebrities also took to social media to share the shock.
I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock...cant stop crying...— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) February 24, 2018
Terrible terrible news.... Am shocked beyond words. SRIDEVI ji No More ... ?? RIP— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 24, 2018
Sridevi’s fans are still in a disbelief. With many of them waiting outside her house in Mumbai, to catch the last glimpse of their loved actor.
I loved her, admired her so much. My 1st ever acting shot was with Sri Devi, I was nervous in front of her n I remember her shaking her hands pretending 2b nervous cause of me just 2 boost my confidence. V had 2 laugh,n she kept laughing until I got it right. Will miss you mam pic.twitter.com/OYXfurcIFx— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) February 25, 2018
My inspiration is no more ....— vidya balan (@vidya_balan) February 25, 2018
Shocked beyond words to hear about the sad and untimely demise of #Sridevi. A dream for many, had the good fortune of sharing screen space with her long ago and witnessed her continued grace over the years. Thoughts and prayers with the family. RIP ??— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2018
Compelled at this unfortunate hour to be reminded of the age old idiom - चार दिन की चाँदनी, फिर अँधेरी रात ... numb at this grave untimely loss. There never was, nor will there ever be anyone quite like you. What a profoundly sad night. #TheOriginalEverything #RIPSridevi pic.twitter.com/tH04Rgzj7C— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) February 24, 2018
It seems She was in a HURRY to leave us to Participate in the Greater Cosmic Script! I am capable to say Bye with a very heavy heart yet wished her every Success , Peace, Glory on the other side. Stay Blessed Dearest #Sridevi I am still as shocked as I was when I watched Sadma.— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) February 25, 2018
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