Birthday Special: Rare and candid pictures of Sridevi from the Filmfare archives

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She came, she saw and she ruled like a Queen. Sridevi was crowned as one of the first female actor as a ‘superstar’ and one of the highest paid actresses of her time. She started her acting career at the age of four with Thunaivan in 1969 and went on to become the biggest stars our country has ever produced. Today, at 54 she’s still ruling out hearts… mesmerising and surprising us at the same time.

She married filmmaker Boney Kapoor back in the 80s and is a mother of two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. With a comeback like English Vinglish and continuing the streak with the recently appluaded MOM, Sridevi is on her second innings in Bollywood in top notch form.

On her 54th birthday today, we at Filmfare, dig out our archives and celebrate the success story that is Sridevi through these rare and candid images. Some with family, many on set and some out and about candid… enjoy the photo galore.

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Baby Sridevi with her parents

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Before becoming the Hawa Hawai girl, Sridevi started her career as a child actor. Here, she’ seen with actress Jamuna in the Telugu film Mamata. The saucer large eyes were striking even then!

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Before she became a full-fledged heroine, Sridevi appeared in a spate of small films. Here she’s seen in Anand Agarwal’s Nashilee Jawani. Sri, as a curvy teenager, displayed the potential to bloom into a true-blue heroine.

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A candid click of Sridevi

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Sri’s world, even at the peak of her stardom, was her family. Here, she’s seen with sister cum confidante Srilatha. However, the duo later got involved in a property dispute over two decades. But recently, they have kissed and made up.

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Sri was destined to play Yash Chopra’s Chandni! The late director never quite got over his Sridevi hangover and presented his heroines Juhi Chawla (Darr) and Madhuri Dixit (Dil To Pagal Hai) in similar outfits. Also, Sri made chiffons a weapon of seduction!

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Close friends Sridevi and Rekha are seen on the set of Jaan Hatheli Pe. Apparently, Rekha taught her the art of make-up and was somewhere responsible for Sri’s glossy makeover. Also, Rekha dubbed for her in Aakhree Raasta.

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Sridevi, very much a goddess herself, refused to play second fiddle to Amitabh Bachchan in films. Legend goes that Bachchan wooed her with a truck load of flowers to get her ‘yes’ for Khuda Gawah.

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Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi at the Filmfare Awards