10 Facts About Sridevi That Are Not Known

  1. She was a fabulous cook. She learnt how to cook after marriage with Boney Kapoor because she wanted to feed him at home. The passion for cooking grew and she loved to feed family and friends whenever she could.
  2. She was an accomplished painter.When she was not shooting in her final years she spent time painting.One of  her paintings  was even auctioned at the famous Christie’s auction centre  in London for charity.
  3. Sridevi picked up fashion tips from her elder daughter Jahanvi who  unfortunately was  not with her  at the time of her death in Dubai.
  4. Sridevi was looking forward  to Jhanvi’s debut film Dhadak at  the earliest. She had even told the Dhadak producer Karan Johar that she must be among the  first to see her daughter’s film.
  5. She shared an  unspoken bond with Amitabh Bachchan. He tweeted a premonitory message  hours before her death saying  he was feeling a sense  of panic. Sridevi had done films like Inquilaab and Akhri Raasta with AB. They were  supposed to cast together once again  in Yash Chopra’sVeera Zara . But Sridevi couldn’t do the  film due to her motherly commitments.
  6. Sridevi lost her mother to an operable brain tumour. A medical team  in  the US operated on Sridevi’s mother . But they opened up the wrong side of her brain. This  incident was  used by director Shankar in the Tamil-Hindi  film Jeans starring Aishwarya Rai . Aishwarya’s  mom who gets wrongly operated  was played by the Tamil legendary actress Laxmi.
  7. Speaking  of Laxmi, Sridevi played  the senior actress’ younger sister  in the 1973 blockbuster Julie. This was Sridevi’s first appearance  in  a Hindi film.
  8. In Aakhri Raasta Sridevi’s dialogues were dubbed by none  other than the Silsila actress Rekha. How did that happen? Well, it’s a long story. Suffice  it to say that Sridevi whose Tamil accent was considered too thick and her speaking voice too thin, started dubbing her lines with Yash Chopra’s Chandni.
  9. Sridevi  was  not the  first choice  for Yash Chopra’s Chandni. Years before Yash Chopra was supposed to make the  film with Rekha in  the title role.
  10. R Balki wanted to  cast Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi in an autumnal love story a la  The Bridges  Of Madison County. I can’tthink of  a more appropriate desi replacement  for Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Come to think of it,even Meryl wouldn’t be able to do the Charlie Chaplin skit in Mr India or the Jaane kahan se aaye hai  singing-in-the-rain  number  in  Chaalbaaz.Admit it, she was  one of  her  kind.


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