10 evergreen Sridevi movies you must watch – Times of India

Despite her life being tragically cut short due to a freak drowning accident in 2018, Sridevi left behind an unmatched legacy of movies, and her repertoire of work earned her the title of “first female superstar” of Indian cinema. Whether it was romance, social drama, coming of age or even comedy, Sridevi has acted in a variety of genres and was known to infuse life into each character she portrayed on screen.Even though the actress has starred in more than 300 movies in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada languages, these 10 Hindi films should definitely be on your must watch list…

Himmatwala – 1983
The original Himmatwala stands as an unrivaled classic, with its essence impossible to replicate in any number of remakes. Jeetendra’s nimble dancing perfectly complements the graceful latkas and jhatkas of Sridevi, who mesmerizes audiences with her sultry desi avatar in this cinematic gem. Among the film’s highlights is the iconic song “Naino Mein Sapna,” where the veteran actress steals the spotlight. The story revolves Ravi, an engineer, who promises to restore his father’s lost reputation. Meanwhile, the daughter of his enemy Sher Singh, falls in love with him and helps him trick her father.

Sadma – 1983
Hands down one of the best performances of her career, Sadma is an emotional tear-jerker that will make you shed copious tears, especially at its haunting last scene. The movie is the story of Somu, who meets Nehalata in a brothel and senses her amnesiac problems, which regresses her to a childlike state. He decides to take her to his hometown and nurse her back to good health. Somu and Nehalata become best friends, until one day, Nehalata regains her memory and fails to recognise Somu, leaving him heartbroken! This film is a testament to Sridevi’s unparalleled talent and her ability to convey a range of emotions with exceptional skill. Co-starring Kamal Haasan.
Mr. India – 1987
Mr. India, a cinematic masterpiece, has effortlessly cemented its place in the annals of film history, attaining an iconic status that transcends time. This timeless tale seamlessly blends elements of comedy, drama and romance, creating a delightful concoction that has resonated with audiences for years. A simple man suddenly gets hold of his father’s watch that when worn over the wrist, makes one invisible! Sridevi plays a scribe, who first investigates this enigma called Mr. India, and then falls in love with him, little knowing that the man is none other than her own landlord! Co-starring Anil Kapoor, late Amrish Puri and a bevy of kids!
Chandni – 1989
Chandni, a timeless classic from the illustrious Yash Raj Films, swiftly claims its status as an all-time favorite, securing blockbuster status shortly after its release. With the success of this film, Sridevi solidified her standing among the elite Bollywood actresses, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. Playing the eponymous character, the middle class Chandni falls in love with the well-to-do Rohit and despite his family’s apprehensions, the duo get engaged. Soon after tragedy strikes, and Rohit and Chandni’s lives are changed forever. Co-starring late Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna, this one is still remembered for its haunting musical score.
Nigahen: Nagina Part II – 1989
In the fantasy world of Bollywood, Nigahen, the sequel to Sridevi’s Nagina, may not have earned critical acclaim, but it undeniably serves as an entertaining cinematic experience. Sridevi takes on the role of a Nagin in this film, offering audiences a visually captivating performance. Beyond the storyline, the film is worth watching for Sridevi’s distinctive look and the unconventional on-screen pairing with Sunny Deol. For those intrigued by the allure of fantasy and the charm of Sridevi’s unique portrayal, Nigahen presents an engaging and visually intriguing escapade into the world of Bollywood cinema.

Lamhe – 1991
If you are a true Bollywood romance enthusiast, having the DVD of Lamhe in your film collection is an absolute must! Widely regarded as being massively ahead of its time, the timeless saga is the story of ‘Kunwar’ Virendra Pratap, who falls in love with Pallavi, who is older to him. However, Pallavi loves someone else and a heartbroken Virendra gets the two married off. Years later, Virendra is still pining for Pallavi when he crosses paths with Pooja, who is now dead Pallavi’s daughter and looks exactly like her! As Virendra tries to keep his distance from her, she falls deeply in love with him, not knowing that her mother was in fact, his first love. Co-starring Anil Kapoor.
Khuda Gawah – 1992
Teaming up with Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi enchanted audiences in this monumental romantic drama, where her performance not only contributed to the film’s commercial success, but also earned widespread acclaim from critics. The story revolves around Badshah Khan, who travels to India to behead the man who killed Benazir’s father and win her hand in marriage. He succeeds in his mission but is caught by Ranveer Singh, a jailor. The movie, a recipient of numerous awards in its release year, showcases Sridevi in a captivating double role, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the narrative.

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Judaai – 1997
A melodramatic tale of two women entwined in the complexities of love dominated the late ’90s, garnering a substantial fan base, particularly among female audiences. A middle class housewife Kajal is aspirational, and is disappointed when she learns that her husband Raj is a man of modest means, with little to no desire for money. Post a couple of years, the duo are settled in, with two kids in tow, when a young woman Jhanhvi walks into their life and falls in love with Raj. Initially dismissive, Kajal eventually forces Raj to marry Jhanhvi, when the latter offers her to pay Rs 2 cr! Co-starring Anil Kapoor and Urmila.
English Vinglish – 2012
English Vinglish, one of the last few movies from the talented actress, stands as a must-watch cinematic gem. In this heartwarming saga, she skillfully embodies the role of a middle-class Marathi housewife Shashi, who despite running a small business and managing her house flawlessly, struggles to gain self respect in the eyes of her husband and kids, since she does not know English. A chance opportunity to travel to the US to attend her niece’s wedding gives her new found freedom, and a once in lifetime opportunity to learn the Queen’s language, thus making her confident and independent, while maintaining her core self.
Mom – 2017
This one will always remain special as it marks the actress’ swan song, before her untimely death. Devaki, a biology teacher, teaches at the school attended by her stepdaughter Arya. Despite Devaki’s deep love for Arya, there exists a noticeable emotional distance between them. A tragic incident unfolds one night when Arya becomes the victim of a brutal attack. Faced with the shortcomings of the justice system, Devaki confronts difficult choices and goes to extraordinary measures to seek justice for her daughter. Co-starring Sajal Aly, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and others.


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