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On Sridevi's birth anniversary, 5 surprising facts about the ‘first female superstar’

On Sridevi's birth anniversary, 5 surprising facts about the ‘first female superstar’

Veteran actress Sridevi’s sudden demise was a shock for the entire nation. The actress died on February 24, 2018, due to accidental drowning in a bathtub in Dubai. She is often credited as the first female superstar in the Indian cinema. With a career spanning five decades, Sridevi experimented with a wide range of genres. She had several hit films to her credit like Himmatwala, Sadma, Chandni, Mr. India, English Vinglish and Chaalbaaz. To mark the legendary actress's birth anniversary, we bring you some surprising facts about Sridevi that many are not aware of. (Image: instagram)

On Sridevi's birth anniversary, 5 surprising facts about the ‘first female superstar’

Sridevi began her career at the age of 4 in Thirumugham’s devotional film, Thunaivan (1969). Her Bollywood debut was Solva Saavan in 1979. (Image: Instagram)

On Sridevi's birth anniversary, 5 surprising facts about the ‘first female superstar’

Sridevi played Rajinikanth’s stepmother’s role in a Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976). (Image: Instagram)

On Sridevi's birth anniversary, 5 surprising facts about the ‘first female superstar’

The veteran actress turned down Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) because the role was too small for her stature. (Image: Instagram)

On Sridevi's birth anniversary, 5 surprising facts about the ‘first female superstar’

 

Jaya Prada was considered Sridevi’s strongest competitor and the two actors didn’t share a cordial relationship. During the shoot of Maqsad (1984), Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra decided to break the ice between them and locked them up in a room hoping that they would make peace. But when they opened the door, both Sridevi and Jaya were sitting silently in the two corners of the room.

 

On Sridevi's birth anniversary, 5 surprising facts about the ‘first female superstar’

 

She shot for Chaalbaaz’s Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai when she was down with fever and had 103 degrees temperature.