Late Sridevi Ji was a brilliant and legendary actress who has simply no comparison. In her sparkling career of almost five decades, she did around 300 films and ruled the industry like a boss. She has played a number of memorable roles and one of them is for the Bollywood movie “Mom” for which she has been awarded as the Best Actor (Female) at the 65th National Awards.
Interestingly, she created a history by becoming the first ever actress to have won this category’s award posthumously.
Shekhar Kapur who worked with Sridevi in “Mr. India” recently disclosed that he didn’t want Sridevi to win this award because she has already left this world and there are many other young actresses who have a long way to go.
Hindustan Times reported that Shekhar Kapur said this while announcing Sridevi’s name,
“The best actress is Sridevi for Mom and I promise you it is not my relationship with her. Every morning when I came here, I would ask everyone to vote once again. I would look at all the actors, talk about them and I would say, ‘there should be not Sridevi, not Sridevi’! We used take a vote and it always came back to Sridevi. It was me who fought that it shouldn’t be Sridevi. We are all emotionally involved with Sridevi. I used to say, ‘don’t give her an award because she died, it is unfair on the other girls’. They have also worked hard for 10-12 years, they too have a career.”
Well, we don’t know how correct Shekhar is in his perception but taking into consideration Sridevi’s performance in “Mom”, she definitely deserves this award, doesn’t she?
After Sridevi was awarded as the Best Actor (Female), the Kapoor family released a joint statement. Here’s what it read,
“We are overjoyed to know that the Jury has conferred the Best Actor Award to Sridevi for her performance in ‘MOM’. It’s a very special moment for all of us. She was always a perfectionist and it showed in all the 300 plus films she did. She was not just a Super Actor but a Super Wife and a Super Mom. It’s time to celebrate her life and her achievements. She is not with us today but her legacy will always live on.”
Mom’s director Ravi Udayawar is also of the opinion that Sridevi rightfully deserves this award. In his words,
“She deserves it. I’m really happy it’s a great news for me because it was our film. She had done a fabulous job. We all are missing her now.”
Needless to say, the nation lost a gem on 24th February this year and the emptiness created after her death will sadly never be filled.