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Veteran actress Sridevi, 54, dies of cardiac arrest in Dubai

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Veteran actress Sridevi passes away A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with "Solva Sawan".

Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood actor and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away. She was 54.

The actor, wife of producer Boney Kapoor, died late Saturday reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding.

Confirming the news, a source close to the family said, "Yes it's true. She was in Dubai while some of the other family members came back to India. We hear it's cardiac arrest."

While some of her family members returned from Dubai after the wedding, Sridevi, Boney and her younger daughter Khushi stayed back. Her elder daughter -- Janhvi -- had not traveled with the family because of the shooting schedule for her upcoming Bollywood film, her first in the industry.

Read: 'Shocked' Bollywood remembers Sridevi

Sridevi, known for her versatility as an actor, made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with "Solva Sawan". But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer "Himmatwala" that she gained commercial success.

Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor

Before her entry into Bollywood, the actor had been a known face in South Indian films. She made her debut as a child artist in Tamil film "Thunaivan" in 1969. She also worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films.

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    Bollywood actress Sridevi, star of films like Mr India, Chaalbaaz, and Lamhe, widely considered one of Indian cinema’s finest leading ladies, passed away after suffering a massive cardiac arrest in Dubai on Saturday. AFP

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    Sridevi, 54, was in Dubai this week with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi to attend the wedding of Boney’s nephew Mohit Marwah.

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    Sridevi, who had been a part of Indian cinema for nearly five decades, received 6 Filmfare Awards over the years, and in 2013 was conferred with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. AFP

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    The actress, who was a favorite with both movie-goers and critics, leaves behind a formidable body of work that includes popular commercial hits and strong performance-driven pictures.

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    Several members of the film industry took to Twitter to express their grief over her shocking demise and offered condolences to family and fans.

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    'Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma's lullaby haunts me now,' says Kamal Haasan, who shared screenspace with Sridevi in a number of hits. AFP

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    The lady superstar, Sridevi, will be remembered for versatility.

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    Sridevi with father Ayyappan and mother Rajeswari.

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    Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Jahnvi and Khushi.

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    Sridevi with Kamal Haasana and Rajinikanth.

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    Sridevi with Bollywood actors Jeetendra and Anupam Kher.

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    Sridevi with Anil Kapoor.

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    Sridevi with Nawazuddin Siddiqui during a promotional event of their film 'MOM'.

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    Sridevi receives the Padma Shri award from the then president Pranab Mukherjee in January 2017.

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    Sridevi with former cricketer Saurav Ganguly during an event in Kolakata in June 2017

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    Sridevi began her career as a child artist in Tamil films.

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    Sridevi with actor Rekha during an award ceremony in Mumbai in 2016.

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    Sridevi during an event in Mumbai in July 2017. Photo: Vishnu V Nair

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Sridevi's beguiling eyes, scintillating screen presence and acting prowess soon made her one of the most sought-after actors in the Hindi film industry. While films like "Mawaali" (1983), "Tohfa" (1984), "Mr India" (1987) and "Chandni" (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, her outings like "Sadma" (1983), "ChaalBaaz" (1989), "Lamhe" (1991), and "Gumrah" (1993) earned her critical acclaim.

Sridevi An old photo of Sridevi

She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring in home production "Judaai", co-starring her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar. It was director Gauri Shinde's "English Vinglish" in 2012 that marked Sridevi's comeback.

Her nuanced performance as a middle-class woman, learning to speak English to feel accepted by her family, won accolades, and the film was also a commercial success. Last year, she was seen in revenge-drama, "Mom", opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She also shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film, "Zero", which releases in December.

Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor, in 2013.

Sridevi with daughters Sridevi with daughters

Minutes after the news of her death broke, many Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Sidharth Malhotra and Riteish Deshmukh took to Twitter to pay their condolences.

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