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Legendary Bollywood Star Sridevi Dies at 54

International superstar and actress Sridevi Kapoor, also known simply as Sridevi by millions, has passed away at the age of 54.

The award-winning actress with more than 280 credits to her name and a career spanning more than five decades, died Saturday in the United Arab Emirates of a cardiac arrest.

BBC reports her brother-in-law confirmed the news to the Indian Express. Sridevi and her family were in UAE for a wedding, where she was reportedly with her husband, producer Boney Kapoor (brother of Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame), and daughter Khushi at the time of her death.

Born Aug. 13, 1963, Sridevi’s career begun at the age of 4 years old, where she starred in acclaimed director M.A. Thirumugham’s, Thunaivan.

She would go on to star in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before debuting in Hindi films. Thanks to her charming looks, impressive skills and dance talents, she made her Bollywood debut when she was 12 in the film, Julie, and landed her first adult role in the following year in K. Balachander’s, Moondru Mudichu opposite acclaimed actor, Kamal Hassan.

Bollywood stars, known to the world, took to Twitter to express their condolences over the sudden loss of a legend who many in the industry looked up to, including Quantico star Priyanka Chopra.

Sridevi appeared in numerous films throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, including the very popular Mr. India and Chandini.

Regarded as one of the most versatile actresses ever, Sridevi decided to take a break from the film industry after the release of Judaai in 1997 with brother-in-law, Anil Kapoor. In 2012, she made a comeback with the film, English Vinglish.


She was nominated for 10 Filmfare Awards and won five. She also went on to receive the highest civilian honor from the Indian Government in 2013.

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