Sridevi is gone and all we have left with are her 300 films to remember her by. It's so heartbreaking that within a few hours one of the legends of Bollywood, left us grieving for her. Not that she was often seen on big screen lately, but the fact that she was doing some of the best films in the coming years, was making us really hopeful of good cinema. But Bollywood has a way of paying tribute to such legends and that makes us a bit wary that we will soon see some sub-par do-over of Sridevi's iconic movies. But since the lady has done so many films, most of them being cult favourites, it must be difficult for filmmakers to figure out which movie to stay away from. No worries, we have you covered here. Check out the list right here...
Lamhe is perhaps the best film Yash Chopra has ever directed, at least that's what we believe. It was ahead of its time. In those days, the audience was not so open to the idea of a mature love story. In fact, Chopra handled it very delicately, with Anil Kapoor reminding Sridevi many times in the movie, that there is a huge age gap. The actress was simply unbelievable in this movie. She played the double role of a mother and daughter. While she was the coy woman in love in the first half, she was also the vivacious and free-spirited daughter in the second half of the film. Dealing with two roles in one film is a big deal. We doubt there is anyone in Bollywood currently who can do it well.
Chandni is one of the most empowering movies of that time. A woman who just wanted to be by her boyfriend's side, who was struck by tragedy. But she is humiliated by her own love - it's a really complicated character that Sridevi performed effortlessly. It's difficult to envision anyone else in that role. She had a child-like innocence in the film but her character was so level-headed and clear about what she wanted from life.
There were reports that Katrina Kaif will be part of Seeta Aur Geeta remake. In fact, Chalbaaz was based on a similar concept. But we would request filmmakers to not remake it. Chalbaaz has shaped our childhood. We can't imagine anyone else being Anju and Manju in any film. If Sridevi was the docile and tame Anju who couldn't defend herself, she was also Manju who would not take no for an answer. She played two diametrically different characters with so much finesse that we don't want it to be tarnished. Let it be!
A few days ago, there were talks about a remake of this Kamal Haasan -Sridevi film and the news gave us sadma (Excuse the pun, understand the feeling). No one, and we repeat, no one has the talent to reprise her role here. It's impossible because to play a girl with mental illness that made her behave like a kid is not an easy task. You need to have that kind of innocence. Sridevi had that inherently and so, Sadma should be left alone. Reports suggested that the remake was planned with Vidya Balan and Kareena Kapoor but both turned it down. Balan had said she would never accept the remake of this timeless movie and we are happy she said no.
Mr India is what our childhood was all about. It might sound wrong but since we were so in love with that film, we didn't even mind being one of those orphan kids that Anil Kapoor took under his wing. Sridevi played a snooty reporter, who later becomes Mr. India's accomplice. The range she showed in the film was simply amazing. Her comic scenes were one of the best ones that we have seen. In fact, women in films are hardly known for funny scenes but Sridevi, as always, was an exception. Even today, there's no actress who has a good comic timing in Bollywood except her. So, with Sridevi gone, all plans of rebooting Mr India should be cancelled!
People have always spoken about how child-like Sridevi was in her films. There was innocence in every character she played. But in Laadla, she shed it all to play this shrewd, conniving and calculating woman who can do anything to win. Sridevi has very rarely done a character with grey shades and thus Ladlaa will always be special.
Hence, it's a humble request to all the filmmakers. We know remakes are money-spinners but please don't touch these iconic Sridevi movies. Let them just be her films... the only place we will ever see her again.
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