Sridevi: From child star to first female superstar
The sudden death of actress Sridevi has left Bollywood, and fans, in a state of shock. Her career spanned five decades and she starred in more than 300 films in various languages. We look at highlights from the career of arguably the Indian film industry’s first female superstar.

Sridevi made her debut in Tamil films as a child artiste in Thunaivan (1969), at the age of four.

She made her debut in the Hindi film industry as a child artist in the blockbuster Julie (1975).

At the age of 13, she played her first adult role in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976).

She made her debut as a heroine in Bollywood with Solva Sawan (1978).

She made her mark in Bollywood in Sadma, opposite Kamal Haasan in 1983.

Himmatwala (1983) was the movie that actually made her a name within Bollywood. She stole the show with the dance number Nainon Mein.

In 1984, Tohfa, which became the biggest hit of the year, established her position as one of Bollywood’s top actresses.

In 1994, Sridevi took over Divya Bharti’s role in film Laadla. The film was a box office hit and Sridevi’s acting was praised by all.

Following her marriage to Boney Kapoor in 1996, she went on a hiatus for 15 years only to return in 2012 in English Vinglish.

Her last appearance was as a lead role in Mom (2017), where she was nominated for Best Female Actor in Leading Role and Critics Best Actress.

According to reports, her last film would have been Zero, sharing screen space with Shah Rukh, Alia Bhatt and Karisma Kapoor.