Sridevi Age Death Cause Husband Children Family Biography & More

Sridevi Height Weight Bra Size Age Biography Family Wiki Net Worth, Affairs, Marriage & much more. Shree Amma Yanger Ayyappan (13 August 1963 – 24 February 2018), professionally credited with her stage name Sridevi, was an Indian actress and film producer who worked in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada language films. Cited as the “First Female Superstar” of Indian cinema, she was the recipient of various accolades, including a National Film Award, a Nandi Award, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award, the Kerala State Film Award, four Filmfare Awards, including a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and three Filmfare Awards South. Sridevi’s career in Indian cinema spanned over 50 years in a range of genres from slapstick comedy to epic dramas. She was known for her reticent and introverted personality, but headstrong and outspoken screen persona, regularly playing strong-willed, sophisticated women. In 2013, Sridevi was honoured with the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian honour, for her contribution to the Indian culture through performing arts.

Sridevi made her debut as a child in the 1967 Tamil film Kandhan Karunai at the age of four, and started her acting career in lead roles as a child in M. A. Thirumugam’s 1969 mythological Tamil film Thunaivan. She continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her Hindi film debut at the age of nine in Rani Mera Naam (1972). Her first role as a teen-adult came in 1976 at age 13, when she was cast in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu. She quickly established herself as one of the prominent and leading female stars of South Indian Cinema, with roles in 16 Vayathinile (1977), Thulavarsham (1976), Angeekaaram (1977), Sigappu Rojakkal (1978), Padaharella Vayasu (1978), Vetagaadu (1979), Varumayin Niram Sivappu (1980), Meendum Kokila (1981), Premabhishekam (1981), Vazhvey Maayam (1982), Moondram Pirai (1982), Aakhari Poratam (1988), Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990) and Kshana Kshanam (1991).

Following a notable appearance in the romantic drama Julie (1975), Sridevi’s first starring role in Hindi cinema came with the 1979 drama film Solva Sawan, and she received wider recognition for the 1983 action film Himmatwala. She established herself in the industry with a string of successful films, including Mawaali (1983), Justice Chaudhury (1983), Tohfa (1984), Naya Kadam (1984), Maqsad (1984), Masterji (1985), Karma (1986), Nazrana (1987), Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) and Chandni (1989). She received praise for her performances in films, including Sadma (1983), Nagina (1986), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Gumrah (1993), Laadla (1994), and Judaai (1997). Following the role of the titular protagonist in the television sitcom Malini Iyer (2004–2005), Sridevi returned to film acting with the highly successful comedy-drama English Vinglish (2012) and then starred in her 300th and final film role in the thriller Mom (2017). She earned high critical acclaim for her performances in both films, and for the latter was posthumously awarded the National Film Award for Best Actress.

She was voted ‘India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years’ in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in 2013 on the occasion of the centenary of Indian cinema. On 24 February 2018, she was found dead of an accidental drowning in her guest room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. News of her death featured prominently in Indian and international media. She was married to film producer Boney Kapoor, with whom she had two children, including actress Janhvi Kapoor.

Personal life

Sridevi was always accompanied by her mother Rajeshwari or by her sister Srilatha to the film sets during shooting of her films between 1972 and 1994. Sanjay Ramasamy is married to her sister Srilatha since 1989.

Sridevi campaigned for her father when he contested the Sivakasi constituency in 1989 assembly elections, but eventually lost in the elections. Her father died in 1990 of heart attack, while she was shooting for Lamhe. Her mother died in 1996, as a result of the complications suffered from an operation that she underwent in 1995 on a brain tumor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The neurosurgeon operated on the wrong side of her brain destroying her vital tissues of vision and recent memory. This was widely reported in US media at that time which then led to a successful court battle and prompted then President Bill Clinton’s proposal of a program for hospitals to disclose their medical malpractice and errors.

Sridevi with her husband Boney Kapoor at Esha Deol’s wedding reception in 2011
Sridevi was extremely discreet about her privacy and rarely gave interviews or discussed her private life in them. In the 1980s, she was reported to have married actor Mithun Chakraborty, whom she met on the sets of Jaag Utha Insan (1984). In 1996, she married producer Boney Kapoor. The couple had two daughters, Janhvi (born. 1997), who is herself an actress, and Khushi (born. 2000).

Despite being known for her portrayals of a strong, vivacious and exuberant woman on-screen, Sridevi was an extremely introverted and reserved person off-screen. CNN-IBN correspondent Rajeev Masand says; “I have never known anyone who was so painfully shy, so quiet off-screen, who just transformed into a force of nature when the cameras came on. She was an interviewer’s nightmare, but the movie-buff’s dream”. Commenting on her reserved nature, Firstpost says; “Behind the glamorous heroine with twinkling, magical eyes and a stunning face, was an inherently shy woman, often mistaken as arrogant. The truth is she was shy. Having begun to act when she was just 4, she did not complete formal education or get much of a chance to interact with kids of her own age. Consequently, she developed a strong dislike for crowds and noise.”

Death and Funeral

On 20 February 2018, Sridevi and her youngest daughter Khushi had flown to Al Jazirah Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, to attend the wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah. She decided to spend a couple of days in Dubai to shop for her eldest daughter Janhvi’s 21st birthday, after the wedding. Her husband Boney Kapoor was not present with them on the wedding day as he had to attend a meeting in Lucknow on 22 February. However he had already planned a surprise visit to his wife, with whom he spoke on the morning of 24 February, when she told him that “Papa (that’s how Sridevi addressed Boney), I’m missing you.” According to Boney, he took a 15:30 flight to Dubai and reached Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel around 18:20 (Dubai time) in Room 2201 where the actress was staying. She and Boney briefly met and chatted for 30 minutes or so. Afterwards, they decided to have dinner. Sridevi went to bathe and to get dressed for dinner, while Boney waited in the living room. After 15–20 minutes, around 19:00, he called out to the actress as they were getting late but was unable to get a response.

Sridevi was pronounced dead on 24 February 2018 at 19:00 GMT in her hotel room where her husband had found her. At first, it was announced by her brother in-law Sanjay Kapoor to the Indian media that the cause of death was a cardiac arrest, but the investigation to her death began early Sunday morning around 2:30, and the case was transferred to Dubai Public Prosecution by Dubai Police, where General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai revealed that the cause of death was “accidental drowning”. The toxicology report later also revealed that traces of alcohol were found in her body, and water was found in her lungs.

Sridevi’s funeral in 2018
After rumours that news of her death was an Internet hoax, her brother-in-law, Sanjay Kapoor, confirmed that she really had died. Her fans, co-stars and other Bollywood stars posted condolences on Twitter to mourn the death. After a few days of police investigation, on 27 February, Sridevi’s case was closed, and on the night of that day, her body was flown back to Mumbai, India. Ashraf Thamarassery, helped bring back her body to India by her husband and her stepson, Arjun Kapoor, on a private jet belonging to Anil Ambani. Her funeral took place on 28 February, at the Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium in Mumbai. The final rites were performed by her husband Boney Kapoor. Sridevi was cremated with state honours and also received a gun salute at her funeral. Her pyre was lit by her husband. On 3 March, Sridevi’s ashes were flown into Tamil Nadu via Chennai by her husband and her two daughters Jhanvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor and later taken to and immersed in the sea off the coast of Rameshwaram.

Sridevi Age Death Cause Husband Children Family Biography & More

Real NameShree Amma Yanger Ayyapan
Nickname(s)Sridevi, Hawa-Hawai, Chandni, Joker (fondly called by her family members)
Food HabitShe preferred vegetarian food
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 56 Kg
in pounds- 123 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.)34-28-34
Eye ColourLight Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth13 August 1963
BirthplaceMeenampatti, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India
Date of Death24 February 2018
Place of DeathJumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE
Age (at the time of death)54 Years
Death CauseDrowning in a Bathtub following loss of consciousness
Zodiac signLeo
HometownSivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India
SchoolNot Known
Educational QualificationN/A
DebutTamil Film: Thunaivan (1967, as a child artist)
Malayalam Film: Kumara Sambhavam (1969)
Kannada Film: Bhakta Kumbara (1974)
Telugu Film: Maa Nanna Nirdoshi (1970)
Hindi Film: Julie (1975, as a child actor)
Solva Sawan (1978, in lead role)
TV: Malini Iyer (2004)
Last Film(s)Kannada Film: Priya (1979)
Telugu Film: S. P. Parasuram (1994)
Malayalam Film: Devaraagam (1996)
Tamil Film: Puli (2015)
Hindi Film: Mom (2017)
CasteOBC (Naidu community, Nadars)
AddressSea Springs, Bungalow No. 2
Green Acres, 7 Bungalows,
Andheri West, Lokhandwala Complex
HobbiesDoing Yoga, Painting, Dancing
Awards/Honours1977: Filmfare Special Award – South for 16 Vayathinile
1982: Filmfare Best Actress Award (Tamil) for Meendum Kokila
1990: Filmfare Best Actress Award for ChaalBaaz
1991: Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu) for Kshana Kshanam
1992: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Lamhe
2013: Filmfare Special Award for Nagina and Mr India
2013: Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India

2018: Won National Award for Best Actress for ‘Mom’ for the year 2017
Controversies• Sridevi was criticized for hiding her marriage with Mithun Chakraborty. However, when Fan magazine published their marriage certificate, it attracted a controversy.
• Her marriage with Boney Kapoor attracted a controversy as Boney was already married Mona Shourie Kapoor, and media gave him the sobriquet of a home-wrecker.
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsMithun Chakraborty (Actor)
Boney Kapoor (Producer)
Husband/SpouseMithun Chakraborty (1985–1988)
Boney Kapoor (1996-present)
ChildrenSon– Arjun Kapoor (step)
Daughters– Jhanvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Anshula Kapoor (Step)
ParentsFather– Late Ayyapan Yanger (Lawyer)
Mother– Late Rajeswari Yanger
SiblingsSister– Late Latha (photo in the parents’ section; above)
Brothers– Anand, Satish (both are Step)
Brothers-in-lawAnil Kapoor,
Sanjay Kapoor
Favourite Things
Favourite Food(s)Rice Rasam, Vanilla Ice cream
Favourite Actor(s)Shah Rukh Khan, Sylvester Stallone
Favourite ActressMeryl Streep
Favourite DestinationUSA
Favourite ColourWhite
Favourite FruitStrawberry
Favourite AttireKanjeevaram Sarees
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 5 Crore/film
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 247 Crore (at the time of her death)

Tributes and reactions

The film industry, friends, and fans responded to her death through social and other media outlets. Her husband, Boney Kapoor, wrote: “To the world, she was their Chandni, the actor par excellence, their Sridevi, but to me, she was my love, my friend, mother to our girls, my partner. To our daughters, she was their everything, their life. She was the axis around which our family ran.” The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi lamented the death of the actress. On social media, he stated: “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace.” President Ram Nath Kovind wrote: “Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as Moondram Pirai, Lamhe and English Vinglish remain an inspiration for other actors. My condolences to her family and close associates.”

Many from the film fraternity and close relatives of Sridevi paid homage to her at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala and also at her funeral. Thousands of fans took to streets and paid their respects to the actress. Police had to resort to lathi-charge to control the number of fans who gathered for the procession from Celebration Sports Complex to the crematorium, the crowd was said to be more than 7,000.

Sridevi’s funeral is estimated to have attracted the fourth-highest number of mourners, ranking below the 3 previous biggest funeral processions of non-political film personalities Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna in India from the Hindi film industry.


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