It isn’t difficult to imagine Sridevi in her brilliant shimmery dress and crown catching the hearts of millions while singing ‘Mai khwabo ki shehjadi, mai hu har dil pe chhayee’. Precisely a month back, on February 24, trouble and stun assumed control over the film crew and Sridevi fans as India lost one of its incredible on-screen characters, Sridevi. To allude to her in the previous tense would be an insult to the colorfulness of her oeuvre. A collection that ranges from Malayalam films like Poompatta (1971) to the Bollywood spine chiller Mom (2017), can scarcely be consigned to the chronicles, now that Sridevi is no more. Her work makes it difficult to transfer her to the domain of the no more. She lives, in the way she influenced or her eyes glimmered or her adjusted syllables.
Regarded as India’s first female superstar, Sridevi with her surreal beauty, perfect dance moves and charming smile, is known for her ability to slip into myriad roles. Remembering the diva with a special feature ‘Forever Sridevi’, Zee Cinema will showcase her back to back hits including English Vinglish, MOM, Judaai and Mr. India on Saturday, 24th March, 7:30 AM onwards. During these movies, viewers can catch excerpts of exclusive rare interviews of industry stalwarts including Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kamal Haasan, Vivek Oberoi, Jaya Prada and many more taking us through the glorious life of Sridevi.
With 300 movies to her credit and an acting career spanning over 50 years, Sridevi aced every role. In one of the exclusive snippets to be showcased on Zee Cinema, Salman Khan had appeared on Zee Cine Awards 2017 and surprised her. He said, “Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay (Kumar), and I have all done many films. Aamir may have done about 50 films – as he does only one film per year; Shah Rukh may have done more than 100 films. Put together, we may have all done about 250-275 films. But amidst us stands a legend who has done over 300 films in different languages. She can be a mother, she can be a child, a singer, dancer and even a Charlie Chaplin. God alone knows how she has managed to do what she has done. But she has done it, and I am talking about none other than Sridevi.
‘Forever Sridevi’ will showcase handpicked iconic movies of the cine goddess, Sridevi on Saturday, 24th only on Zee Cinema. After a 15-years long hiatus, Sridevi made a comeback with English Vinglish which will air at 7:30 AM. Her performance as the homemaker who is also an entrepreneur is just so powerful that it moves many to tears. English Vinglish swept all the Best Debut Director awards of 2012 for Gauri Shinde and was shortlisted as India’s official entry for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The 300th film of Sridevi’s career, Mom for which she received the coveted Zee Cine Award for the Best Actor will air at 10 AM. Playing Devki Sabarwal, Sridevi played the role of a mother who could go to any extent to avenge her daughter. She plays a vigilante out to extract revenge from the men who have wronged her teenage daughter. Judaai, starring Anil Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar and Sridevi which airs at 1 PM is the story of a woman who is lured by money to the extent that she even lets her husband marry another woman. Post her husband’s second marriage, she soon realizes the value of her family and works towards winning them back. In the 90s when playing a grey role could have been detrimental to an actress’s career, Sridevi played the part with absolute poise and grace. The day will wrap up with one of Sridevi’s most memorable movie Mr. India at 4:15 PM. A Sridevi classic that had all the magic thanks to her charismatic personality, her expressive eyes and of course, her dancing skills. Hawa Hawai has her posing as a dancer even though she is at the location for investigative purposes. This song was quite a rage back in the day and has still not lost any fans.