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Sridevi: Tujhe toh main all India star bankar dikhaongi- Chaalbaz 1989

Comments  Comments [ 0 ]    By Shreejit Shelar | 02 January 2019 | 9:09am


Sridevi was a legend that defined an entire generation from the 80s and '90s. Breaking the fashion streaks around the town with her simple yet elegant looks, the actress radiated class throughout her career until her very last breath. Being a complete synonym for the big-eyed enigma, the actress carved a niche for herself amidst the male-dominated industry.

The quintessential actress has offered many critically acclaimed films like Sadma, Chandni, Mr. India, English Vinglish, etc. Throughout her career, the actress breathed and lived every role she portrayed. But, when it comes to commercial cinema, how often do you come across method actors like Sridevi? Hardly a few right? Yes, the actress has marked herself in the historical texts of Bollywood and world cinema.

"Tujhe toh main all India star bankar dikhaongi"

-Chaalbaz 1989

The book 'Sridevi- Queen of Hearts' written by Lalita Iyer which portrays the same.

The book starts off with a basic sense of Sridevi as an actress in an around Bollywood. Although, Lalita has definitely done her homework and put the pieces together very well. She has hypothetically brought together pieces from Sri's interviews and her fellow actors' opinions which are appropriately assembled.

The writer's knowledge about Bollywood and Sridevi's films would definitely startle you as nothing less can be expected from a Managing Editor at Filmfare. Also, the book sets you on a journey from exploring her baby steps in feature films and her giant leap towards commercial cinema in Bollywood.

However, Lalita Iyer fails to justify the entire obscure details from Sridevi's life and the aura she carried throughout her career. Apart from it, she has stated a few obvious facts which tend to repeat over and over again, a number of times. But, you need to consider a major element that the writer is a Sridevi fan. So, if you might feel she is being biased, you need to be patient with the book.

Overall, it is a good book to read through, but sometimes it fails to grasp the reader's attention as it might not have surprising instances or stories behind the camera until the very last page. Moreover, it refreshes your memory from back in the 80s and 90s and the contemporary cinema which featured the queen of expressions.

Ratings- 3/5

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