When an actress can convince you of her love for an invisible man, you know she's got talent. Post four Filmfare awards and blockbusters like 'Sadma', 'Lamhe', 'Chandni', 'Mr. India' and many Tamil and Telugu films, one would expect Sridevi to sit back on her laurels after announcing retirement 15 years ago. But the 'Hawa Hawaii' girl had other plans. After a long gap, she bounced back with director Gauri Shinde's 'English Vinglish' this year and warmed her way back into our hearts again.
The simple plot involved a housewife who is ridiculed by her husband and daughter for her poor English speaking skills. Sridevi slipped convincingly into the skin of Shashi Godbole and we cheered her on in the aisles as she mastered the language.
While the country sang her praises, Sridevi celebrated by gifting her husband a slinky grey Porsche SUV and became the luxury carmaker's 100th Indian customer.
The actress is a doting mom, and the arduous shoots for 'English Vinglish' left the veteran actress with little time for her girls. She compensated by gifting them two adorable puppies.
Bringing up her two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi, kept Sridevi busy since her last film 'Judaai (1997). The marketing exercise to promote 'English Vinglish' left her quite drained. One memorable outing was on the sets of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan. The nostalgic reunion was a treat for their fans, when they watched their idols ape legendary icon Michael Jackson's famous moves.
The limelight didn't only fall on the lady. Her 15-year-old daughter Jhanvi also caught the public eye. Although her mother joined the industry when she was all of four years old, Sridevi has denied any plans of grooming another actress in the household. But Jhanvi's fashion sense and fantastic figure haven't escaped notice.
To give actresses of today a run for their money, Sridevi had to keep in shape. Many interviews have quoted her fitness mantra as including power yoga, green tea and a stern broccoli diet! She said a happy frame of mind, spending quality time with her family and her passion for painting kept her youthful. We can only hope we look just as good at the age of 49!
More for Sridevi fans
Before 'English Vinglish', Sridevi was part of a TV show called 'Malini Iyer' in 2004, as well as a judge in the reality show 'Kaboom'. But now that her comeback has made waves, there's more to come for fans. Reports say the diva has finalized her next act in Boney Kapoor's production, a sequel to 'Mr. India'. Script talks with director R. Balki have also set the rumous mills spinning. Fans could not have asked for a better comeback by the actress, and it looks like her bag of treats is far from empty!
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