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Bollywood legendary actress Sridevi is dead. She was 54.
The actress, who ruled the box office in the 80s and 90s, passed away on Saturday night following a heart attack in Dubai. She had gone there with her family to attend the wedding ceremony of her nephew actor Mohit Marwah.
Her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told The Indian Express: “Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet.”
Sridevi, who gave major Bollywood hits such as Himmatwala, Chandni, Mr India and Nagina, was given the Padma Shri in 2013 for her services to the Indian film industry.
The actress, whose real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, entered Bollywood after making a name for herself in the south Indian film industry at a very young age, starting off as a child artiste.
Sridevi made her acting debut at the age of four in the Tamil film Thunaivan in 1969. Her first foray into Bollywood was also as a child actress in the 1975 hit film Julie. Sridevi got her first lead role in Bollywood in 1978 in the film Solva Sawan.
The 1983 film Himmatwala was her first blockbuster in Bollywood and she became famous as thunder thighs because of her role in the film.
Sridevi went to appear in over 100 films and after her marriage she took break from films.
She came out of her virtual retirement for the film English Vinglish in 2012. As she turned 50 in August 2013, Sridevi appeared on the cover of Vogue India.
She was last seen in the 2017 film Mom.
Sridevi married filmmaker Boney Kapoor and they have two daughters. Their elder daughter Janhvi is set to make her Bollywood debut in Karan Johar’s Dhadak.