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Sridevi's sudden death has left a void in the Indian film industry. The actress who was in Dubai for a wedding succumbed to a cardiac arrest late night on 24th February.
While condolences started pouring in from every nooks and corners of the country, the media coverage of actress' death has provoked a furious tweet from her Chandni co-star Rishi Kapoor. Find out why he is so upset here-
He Is Heartbroken
The actor first tweeted, "Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!"
He Mourned The Loss Of 'Chandni'
Rishi wrote, "Henceforth no more Moonlit nights! Chandni gone forever. Alas!"
He Then Lashed Out At Media
His next was an angry tweet that read, "How has Sridevi all of a sudden become the "body"? All television channels reporting "the body will be brought to Mumbai in the night!" Suddenly your individuality gets lost and becomes a mere body??"
When Rishi Thought Sridevi Was Arrogant
A Hindustan Times report quoted him as saying, "I didn't work with Sridevi until 1984, when we first starred in Nagina. Initially, I thought she was a very shy person and arrogant, as she didn't talk much. Later, I realised it was not arrogance but just that she was not comfortable speaking in English or Hindi, because they were not her main languages."
Sridevi's First Words To Rishi Kapoor
The report further read, "One of my very first conversations happened with her during a rather awkward moment. We were shooting and the camera's film magazine ran out. While the crew was changing the magazine, the bright lights were still on for about three minutes and we stood in that position with the whole unit around us. I told her, "Sridevi, you danced very well." She smiled and said, "thank you". She then added that she saw Khel Khel Mein four times. That was very sweet of her. Those were the first words I heard from her during the making of Nagina."
They Become Friendier During Chandni
Talking about it, Rishi was quoted by HT, "I often noticed that after every two, or may be three shots; she would remove her makeup, and do it again. I never understood the reason, but I think she always wanted to give her best, let her work to speak and also, look gorgeous. And it was not a mere touch-up, but removing makeup from her nose and cheeks and then applying putting it again. Also, she didn't have any makeup man back then. She put in great efforts to look good and perform well."
She Often Improvised Her Lines
Rishi shared, "The complete ‘Cogniac sharaab nahi hoti' sequence was improvised by Sridevi, Yashi ji and me; it was never a part of the script. In another sequence, I had to buy ice-cream for both of us. In the shot, she was to ask me for a bite and I was to give it to her. But when I asked her back, she showed me her thumb (a gesture to tease). This, too, was improvised. As a co-star, she really helped because acting is all about reaction and she was a great reactor."
Sridevi- A Great Dancer
"During a song in Switzerland, Saroj Khan had choreographed a dance sequence for her with Indian classical, and some western steps. They all left for the location at 11am and while Yash Chopra thought it will take the whole day, they were back by 2 pm. Sridevi was so terrific at dancing that she finished it in just two hours. Sarojji later told me that Sridevi is so good and even her rehearsals were so perfect that you could take that as the final shot. Such was her professionalism."
Rishi Shares An Interesting Anecdote
"When she was carrying her first child, Boney Kapoor had come to meet her on the set of our film Kaun Sachha Kaun Jootha (1997). It was so cute of her to say, "This is the last film and my last few days of shooting." That was the last time I worked with her, and it remains my parting shot with her. She was bidding adieu to film industry to start a new life, get married, build a home and raise her children."
Sridevi Believed In Breaking Typecast
"I missed her for the last 20 years because we didn't get to work together after that film. We only met socially. I see her films today and I know how she focused on the nuances, and tried to look different each time. She believed in breaking the typecast. She was a very gifted artiste and I don't think there has ever been a female actor in Bollywood who attained such glory and marvellous heights."
Rishi also revealed that he and Big B cancelled the promo song shoot of their upcoming film '102 Not Out' today to mark respect to Sridevi and show solidarity, love and affection to her.