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Aamir Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shekhar Kapur, Madhuri Dixit mourn Sridevi’s departure

Baahubali writer KV Vijayendra Prasad calls her the greatest actress from the South. Sudesh Berry recalls fond moment with the legend.

Mayur Lookhar

The film world has been shocked by the sudden death of seasoned actress Sridevi. Tributes have been flowing in from all corners since early morning.

Superstar Aamir Khan wrote a heartfelt note on Twtter. 

“I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji. I have always been a huge fan of her work. Equally I have always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself. My heartfelt condolences to everyone in the family. I join all the millions of her fans in mourning her demise. Ma’am, we will always respect you with love and respect,” Khan wrote. 

Sridevi’s contemporary and great rival Madhuri Dixit-Nene tweeted, “Just woke up to the terrible news of Sridevi passing. My heart goes out to her family. The world has lost a very talented person who left behind a huge legacy in film.”

The veteran Saroj Khan, who choreographed Sridevi in popular hits like Chandni (1989) and Chaal Baaz (1989), told the Times Now television channel, “I’m too shocked to react. She was dearer to me than Madhiri Dixit.”

Khan and Sridevi had had their odd rift too. "I remember there was time we didn’t speak to each other for over a year," Saroj Khan said. "It was she who came up to me and broke the ice. I have no words to express my grief. My heart goes out to her family."

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who worked with Srivedi in her last film Mom (2017), was also left shocked. “It’s heartbreaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams,” he tweeted. 

Baahubali writer KV Vijayendra Prasad said, “It’s a very sad day. My heart goes out to the family. I never met her personally, but to me she is the greatest actress from the South, and then she achieved fame in Hindi films! She was the embodiment of abundant talent and beauty. I wish I had a child like her. It’s a huge loss for the industry.”

Shekhar Kapur, who directed Sridevi in the superhit Mr India (1987), tweeted, “Sridevi ... gone. It's like an era is over. Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished, leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief.”

Film and television actor Sudesh Berry recalled the only time he worked with the legend in the film Army (1996). “Stars like Hema Malini and SridevI, they only come once in a lifetime," Berry told Cinestaan.com. "For an actor like me to work with her happens only once in a lifetime.

"I am fortunate to have worked with her in Army. During our first meeting I was pleasantly surprised when she told me she had watched me in the TV show Andaz. I was over the moon. I asked whether she had really seen the show and she replied, 'Good actors cannot remain hidden'."

Berry also recalled a touching anecdote. “If you see most of my pictures, I have this tendency to never look at the camera," he said. "During a group picture, I was the only one who was looking up. Sridevi and the other actors looked into the camera. After that, whenever I faced the camera Sridevi and the others would also look up at the sky.”

Cinestaan.com offers condolences to Sridevi’s family, friends and fans.