Sridevi, The first female superstar of Indian Cinema. Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, has given us a number of hit movies that we love to watch again and again. The lady with perfect comedy timings, a gorgeous woman, a talented actress that has entertained everyone for last 5 Decades. She began her career as a Child actress and on the way she has given a lot to Indian Cinema. Here, as a tribute, we will discuss top Ten Sridevi movies that depict Sridevi’s legendary memorable performances.
1. Meendum Kokila (1981)
Meendum Kokila released in 1981 directed by G.N Rangarajan. Starring Kamal Hasan with Sridevi in Lead Roles. The story about a married lawyer’s affection towards an actress and the problems he faces with his wife. One of the best roles played by Sridevi, that made her win Best Filmfare Actress. Kokila played by Sridevi is one of the most memorable roles, her struggle to win her husband back really inspires. And that made Meendum Kokila one the best Tamil Movies of all time. Sridevi’s avatar as a perfect wife is amazing.
2. Laadla (1994)
Laadla released in 1991 the remake of Kannada movie Anuraga Aralitu released in 1986. Sridevi was signed this movie after the tragic death of Divya Bharat I who was earlier signed for the Lead role in this film. Directed by Raj Kanwar and written by Anees Bazmee and Sridevi’s performance as Sheetal was a perfect tribute to the sudden demise of Divya Bharati. Sridevi performed it so dedicatedly and it became one of the best movies of her career. And every viewer is amazed to see the perfect portrayal of Sridevi as a successful businesswoman who does not consider social stereotypes. One of the best movies of Sridevi that will make us remember always.
3. Kshana Kshanam (1991)
Kshana Kshanam Directed by Ram Gopal Verma. Starring Victory Venkatesh with Sridevi. A movie to remember that was a big hit of 1991 in Telegu. And it was later remade in Hindi as Daud featuring Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondkar, directed by RGV. Kshana Kshanam is a must watch for Sridevi fans, the role of Satya a Middle-class girl suffering from real problems made her win a Filmfare Award (South) for Best Actress (Telugu). A movie full of fun and laughter is must watch and it will be the most memorable role played by Sridevi.
4. Chaalbaaz (1989)
ChaalBaaz a film where Sridevi got an opportunity showcase her talents completely. She had a dual role in the film. As Anju, she showed off her Aggressive side, a girl no one could mess and another as Manju, a lady who was dominated by people around her, a submissive, docile girl who is even scared to take her own stand. Playing two complete opposite roles, Sridevi entertained in the best way. Directed by Pankaj Parashar and Starring Sunny Deol and Superstar Rajnikanth is one of the best movies of Sridevi.
Nagina is a fantasy film, produced and directed by Harmesh Malhotra. Starring Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor in pivotal roles. The movie revolves around Rajni, a Nagina who marries a civilian to avenge the death of her husband at the hands of an evil saint played by Amrish Puri. The film on its release was a big success becoming the 2nd Highest-grossing movie of the year. The movie can be said as the first woman-centric movie which was so big hit. A sequel to the film was released as Nigahen: Nagina Part II in 1989 which made Nagina as the first Indian movie ever to have a sequel, Nagina is considered a cult classic and one of Sridevi’s best performance in her career.
6. Chandni (1989)
Chandni in English translation: Moonlight, a romantic drama film, featuring Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna and Waheeda Rehman. Directed by Yash Chopra a film that made Yash Chopra receive the National Award for the most popular film was a gift from the talented star of her portrayal as Chandini.Chandni was one of the biggest box office hits of 1989. The perfect expression as Chandini by Sridevi is one of the best things about the movie that makes Sridevi and Yash Chopra fans a must watch. The legends made the movie an epic fable.
7. Lamhe (1991)
Starring Anil Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman with Sridevi. A Yash Chopra directed movie. A movie where Sridevi played the perfect dual role of a Mother and Daughter is one of the best roles played on screen played by any actor in Indian cinema. This underrated classic has everything like Sridevi playing two roles. In the starting of the movie, she plays Pallavi, an already engaged woman who entertains everyone with perfect dance numbers and an affectionate lover, and then she plays Pooja, an orphan daughter. As Pooja, Sridevi gave one of the best performances of her career. The girl who is madly in love with a man twice her age and is bold enough to confess her feelings, Sridevi gave the best in the movie. One of the best movies of Sridevi that will keep entertaining as Always.
8. English Vinglish (2012)
The Comeback of legend after 15 years after her last and blockbuster Judaai.In English Vinglish her performance as a homemaker who is an entrepreneur was just so powerful that it many cry out emotion into tears. The scenes where her role is made to feel uncomfortable for not knowing English or the scene where she confidently delivers a speech at her niece’s wedding were emotional and affectionate. A movie directed by Gouri Shinde. and Adil Hussain Starring opposite the Legend is one of the best movies of the decade.
9. Mom (2017)
Produced by the real-life husband of Sridevi, Boney Kapoor and Directed Ravi Udyawar. Mom is the last movie of the legend. Portraying the role of Devki Sabarwal, Sridevi played the role of a mother who could go to any extent to take revenge on what happened with her daughter played by Sajal Ali. Sridevi plays a brave mother who walks out make her daughter get justice to her daughter who was gang-raped. Sridevi was awesome and her role as a mom was powerful. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui with her, is one of the best movies of Sridevi.
Well, there are numerous other movies that Sridevi has performed brilliantly and should be part of this list but we tried to list the best of all. and with the list of top 10 movies, here are few honorable mentions.
Starring: Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, and Amrish Puri
Directed By: Shekhar Kapoor
Starring : Srdevi, Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar
Directed by : Raj Kanwar
Starring: Jeetendra and Sridevi
Directed by: K Raghavendra Rao
Starring : Amitabah Bacchan, Srdevi, Nagarjuna and Danny Danzongpa
Directed by : Mukul S Anand
10. Sadma (1983)
Sadma directed by Balu Mahendra and Produced by Raj Sippy. Starring Kamal Hasan with Sridevi. This is also the remake of Tamil movie Moondram Pirai featuring the same cast. The role of Nehalata played by Sridevi is the most memorable role of Sridevi, that made her the Superstar of Indian Cinema. The perfect portrayal of a young girl who turns as an 8-year child after suffering a head injury in a car crash. The entire movie is perfect. Kamal Hasan has supported her very well in a film where Sridevi played the centrical character. There are some scenes in the movie that will literally make you cry. A movie only Sridevi made it a Legend.
Thank You, Sridevi, for an era of Best Movies that made us smile with your perfect comedy timings, made us cry with your perfect emotional roles and many more. No one can replace Sri Devi from the History of Indian Cinema. Thank You Baalma.