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Sridevi Biography


Sridevi, also known as Sreedevi Ayyappan, was born on August 13, 1963 in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is an Indian actress who has starred in hundreds of Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada films. Her parents were Ayyappan, a lawyer, and Rajeswari. Sridevi has a sister, Srilatha, and a brother named Satish. Her father died while she was filming "Lamhe", her mother while she was making "Judaai". Although it is the Hindu custom that the eldest son lights the funeral pyre, Sridevi lit the pyre for her mother's last rites.

Numerous sources claim that Sridevi had a relationship with actor Surya Maharjan from 1986 to 1987, and ended the relationship when she found out that he had not divorced his first wife, Yogita Bali. Many versions of this story say that the couple was secretly married and the marriage was later annulled. It is not clear how much of this story is true and how much is gossip. Sridevi married film producer Boney Kapoor on June 2, 1996. The couple has two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. Through her husband she is related to the large Surinder Kapoor film clan. Actor Anil Kapoor, her co-star in many films, is her brother-in-law.
Sridevi started her career as a child artiste in Tamil movie "Kandhan Karunai" (1967). During her early adult career, she acted in a number of Tamil and Malayalam movies. Many of her Malayalam movies were directed by I. V. Sasi. Some examples of her notable Malayalam movies are: Aadhyapaadam, Aalinganam, Kuttavum Sikshaiyum, Aa Nimisham. In 1976, she got her first big break in Tamil movies as a heroine in K. Balachander's "Moondru Mudichu", where she starred opposite both Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth. In many ways, this movie was a landmark in Tamil filmdom. It was also one of Rajnikanth's first major movies. After "Moondru Mudichu", Sridevi had a succession of huge hits with both these Tamil superstars. With Kamal Haasan, she acted in movies such as "Guru", "Sankarlal", "Sigappu Rojakkal", "Thaayillamal Naanillai", "Meendum Kokila", "Vaazhve Maayam", "Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu", "Neela Malargal", "Moondram Pirai", "16 Vayathinile". With Rajnikanth, she acted in movies such as "Dharmayuddham", "Priya· Pokkiri Raja", "Tucker Raja", "Adutha Varisu', 'Nan Adimai Illai", etc. She was the number one actress in Tamil during the period 1975-85.

During the same time, Sridevi also made inroads into Telugu language movies. She acted with all major heroes in Telugu. A number of her Telugu movies were made by K. Raghavendra Rao. With N. T. Rama Rao, she acted in movies such as "Konda Veeti Simham", "Vetagadu", "Sardar Paparayudu", "Bobbili Puli" etc. With A. Nageswara Rao, she acted in movies such as "Mudulla Koduku", "Bangaru Kanuka", "Premabhishekham", "Premakanuka" etc. With Krishna she acted in movies such as "Kanchu Kagada", "Kalavari Samsaram", "Krishnavatharam", "Burripalem Bolludu", "Khaidi Rudrayya' etc.

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