Sridevi: Bollywood superstar dies at the age of 54

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One of the first female leading B-Town superstars, Sridevi died of cardiac arrest in Dubai on Saturday. She was there to attend the marriage ceremony of her nephew, Mohit Marwah.

Tributes have poured in since her death by Bollywood celebrities, Politicians and other well-known figures in the country. In a tweet, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said he was saddened by her death.

Actor, Priyanka Chopra in a tweet said that it was a dark day.

Sridevi worked in films in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi languages. In 1963, she began her acting career as a child artist at the age of four.

Her work spanned five decades. She screened in almost 300 movies that include classic box-office hits Mr. India, ChaalBaaz, Chandani, and Sadma. She was one such female star who brought movie success without the need of a male hero.

Second-wife of Boney Kapoor, Sridevi took a break from acting in 1997 to raise her two children. Later in 2012, she made a comeback with a Hindi movie ‘English Vinglish’.

In 2013, the Indian government awarded her Padma Shri- the fourth highest civilian award.

Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at the SOAS University of London said that Sridevi is one of the last great heroines of Hindi cinema who could hold her own against any hero. A great beauty, a talented actress, a brilliant dancer, a delightful comedienne, she is a true legend.

Her body will be brought to Mumbai on Monday to do the last rites that are expected to take place in Juhu. People have continued to come in large numbers at her home in Mumbai.

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