It’s been a while since we’ve done a Spotlight feature on Indian Screen. So, while this feature is appropriate given what’s happened in the last few weeks, I write this with a heavy heart, and will undoubtedly have to take multiple breaks during the course of this writing.
February 24, 2018 was a dark day for the global film community. Legendary actress, producer, and icon, Sree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, better known as Sridevi, passed away. The sudden death of this true pan-Indian superstar, as journalist Anna M. M. Vetticad corrected the whole world, shocked and stunned everyone worldwide. Tributes have been pouring in non-stop from colleagues, fans, and many more who were inspired by her brilliance.
But who was Sridevi, and why have we all been affected by, her death itself, and the response by Indian Media of it, is hard to unpack, but an attempt is definitely worth it.
Sridevi’s greatness was not limited to her achievements, but also by her abundance of experience within film industries, and her down to Earth nature despite it all. Starting to act in movies as early as age 4 within the Tamil Industry, Sridevi appeared in and dominated, multiple film industries in India.
While most may think that Bollywood is the Indian Film Industry, the truth is far from it. India has multiple film industries in the various regions of the country that produce movies based on their regional language. Bollywood is only the Hindi language industry, while Tollywood (Telugu) and Kollywood (Tamil) also exist, and Sridevi has achieved major successes in almost every industry.