In the fifty years of her career, Sridevi taught us to dance, to transform oneself before the camera, to be quietly graceful yet lively, to be a director's actor all the way, to believe in magic and all things unconventional. She was the reason several stars of today joined cinema - her powerful presence on screen, her versatile roles, her dynamic presne inspired all those who wanted to be part of this wonderful world of movies. But there's another quality that Sridevi exhibited, that remained one of her biggest weapons in her career - Professionalism. This high-regarded quality specially shone when she was shooting for Yash Chopra's Lamhe.
The story goes that, while she was shooting for Lamhe in Manchester along with the cast and crew, the news of her father's death reached Yash Chopra. He didn't have the courage to tell her so he told her to take the flight to meet her father as he father was serious. He also let her know, that if something went wrong, he would wait for her. Sridevi on knowing about her father's death, informed the director that she would return after 16 days. She returned to the sets on the 17th day. When Yash Chopra asked her if she was ready mentally and physically, she said she was here to do her job and that was, to act. And it so happened, she had to shot for a funny scene that starred Waheeda Rehman. The thorough professional that she was, pulled it off without anybody knowing what she was going through.
The end results were for us to see as Lamhe went on to become one of her most talked about films. Her unusual double role was unlike any other and will always remain of her best characters.
The veteran actor passed away following a cardiac arrest in Dubai 24th February. The last rites will take place at Hans Pawan crematorium in Mumbai.
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