15 Best Sridevi Movies You Must See

May 12, 2018
11 min read

Sridevi is no more and her fans are still reeling under the shock. The beautiful actress, who had crossed her 50s, passed away at a family function in Dubai in February and that left a void in Bollywood no other actor could fill. Sridevi was matchless and had an aura of her own. She danced like a dream; and she acted like it too! The doe-eyed beauty had a professional life full of highs and lows – highs mostly – and she ruled the Indian silver screen by her presence in the late 80s and early 90s, which made her one of the most sought after actresses of her time.

A cruel blow of fate in February 2018 cut short her acting career of five decades, which had only started to look up, post the release of her last film in 2017. In a long and fruitful career, Sridevi acted in a number of movies across different film industries and proved that when talent matters, nothing else does! With that, we take a look at the list of top films, which had the late Sridevi in memorable roles.


15. Tohfa (1984)

Out of the many films in which Sridevi starred alongside Jeetendra, K. Raghavendra Rao’s ‘Tohfa’ was the most memorable one. And not because it had a well-intentioned storyline or a talented star cast, but because of its songs that topped the charts at the time of its release. Sridevi played Jaya Prada’s sibling, who falls for the same man as her sister, yet decides to move on and sacrifice her love for her sister’s sake. Love triangles were quite popular in the late 80s and Sridevi’s ‘Tohfa’ added to the long list. The film’s flashy dance sequences and amusing dance moves are best remembered for all the loud sets and glitzy attires the actress had to don to make the film work.


14. Judaai (1997)

The film, which Boney Kapoor produced especially for his wife, before she took a sabbatical to start a family and raise their children, ‘Judaai’ was one of the highest grossing movies of the year, starring Sridevi, Urmila Matondkar and Anil Kapoor in lead roles. Sridevi played a money-hungry wife and mother of two, who is willing to share her marriage with the daughter of her husband’s boss for some quick bucks. Trouble starts to brew in her paradise when things don’t go as she had planned. ‘Judaai’s’ Kajal was one of Sridevi’s memorable characters with a little streak of grey, which she did not hesitate to take up despite being the leading actress for all the years.


13. Gumrah (1993)

Based on an Australian miniseries called Bangkok Hilton and a true story, which Mahesh Bhatt spun into a film, ‘Gumrah’ starred Sridevi and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles, post which they never appeared together again. The crime-thriller saw Sridevi in a character she hadn’t portrayed before and was greatly lauded for her gritty performance. She played a talented singer, who is framed by her boyfriend in Hong Kong, for which she faces criminal charges. Sridevi’s transformation from a simple young girl into a strong-willed woman, who goes to all lengths to prove her innocence, was noteworthy. One of the highest grossers of the year, ‘Gumrah’ garnered enough positive attention at the box office for its power-packed performances.


12. Khuda Gawah (1992)

One of the three renowned Hindi films to be shot extensively in Afghanistan, ‘Khuda Gawah’ starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role alongside Sridevi, who played a mother and a daughter yet again after ‘Lamhe’. A runaway hit in the country, the film brought Afghani traditions to the fore and audiences were in awe of the lavish sets that the film had put up. Rumour mills had started to do the rounds back then that a host of actresses were approached to star opposite Bachchan by director Mukul S. Anand, but they turned down the offer.

Later when he offered the role to Sridevi, she declined too, stating that she wasn’t signing films opposite Amitabh Bachchan, for fear of losing the limelight, which all turned out to be fabricated news. Sridevi starred in a double role and the movie turned out to be a clear winner at the box office.


11. Nagina (1986)

The subject of a shape-shifting snake sounded absurd in the 80s and a film that centered on such a character was even more ridiculous. And when director Harmesh Malhotra came up with the topic, he was sent off saying the film wouldn’t work. He then approached Sridevi, who loved the subject and agreed to dabble in the genre too, which was way too different from her regular movies.

‘Nagina’ became a great success at the box office and become the second highest-grossing movie of that year. It was a little difficult to digest the fact that the gorgeous actress would shape-shift into a dreadful cobra, but she was accepted in her new avatar and the song Main teri dushman still reminds us of the original naagin dance we have seen on the big screen before!

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