Bollywood actor Sridevi dies of cardiac arrest: Reports

Bollywood actor Sridevi died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, according to reports. She was 54. Industry personalities such as Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta tweeted condolences.

DUBAI: Veteran Bollywood actor Sridevi - who worked in southern cinema before moving on to playing several acclaimed roles in the Hindi film industry - died of a cardiac arrest in Dubai late on Saturday, according to media reports.

The Indian Express quoted the 54-year-old's brother-in-law, Sanjay Kapoor, as saying that she was with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor at the time of her death.

The veteran star, who made her debut as a child actor in 1967, has acted in several films shot in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013. She was in the Dubai to attend the wedding of her friend, and actor, Mohit Marwah.

"Yes, it is true that Sridevi has passed away," Kapoor was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. Several actors including Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta and Johny Lever posted condolence messages on Twitter shortly after the news of Sridevi's death broke.

Sridevi was born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan on August 13, 1963. Her career saw a recent resurgence, with her performance in the 2012-flick English Vinglish being widely acclaimed. Her most recent role came in the 2017 thriller, Mom.

After a string of hits in south India she made her Bollywood debut as a lead actor in Solva Sawan (1978) and gained wide public attention with the movie Himmatwala (1983). She starred in several hit movies such as Mawaali (1983), Tohfa (1984), Naya Kadam (1984), Maqsad (1984), Masterji (1985), Nazrana (1987), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) and Chandni (1989). She also received critical acclaim for commercially successful movies such as Sadma (1983), Nagina (1986), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Gumrah (1993), Laadla (1994) and Judaai (1997). Sridevi has won five Filmfare Awards and has been nominated ten times.


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