Actress Sridevi feels really ‘honoured’ to be receiving the Union Government’s Padma Shri award, the fourth-highest civilian award given away by the Government to achievers in various spheres.
The list of Padma awardees was released by the Centre on the eve of the country’s 63rd Republic Day celebrations held over the last weekend. Hailing from Tamil Nadu but settled in Mumbai for the past many years, Sridevi’s name features among the list of awardees of the prestigious Padma Shri award.
Sridevi debuted in films as heroine way back in the mid-seventies as a 16-year old in veteran director Bharathiraaja’s classic 16 Vayadhinilae which also had superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan essaying prominent roles. A decade prior to that, Sri had debuted as a child-artiste in the film Kandan Karunai. After debuting in Tamil, Sri went on to act in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies before moving to Bollywood in the early eighties.
Despite starting as a ‘glamour girl’ in Hindi films, Sridevi went on to establish herself as an actress of substance in Bollywood and remained on top for more than a decade and her on-screen rivalry with ‘queen bee’ Madhuri Dixit became legendary and part of folklore. The actress, who is also a national award for the ‘best actress’ winner, expressed her happiness at named for the Padma award and said she considered as a ‘big honour’.
Late last year, Sridevi made a successful comeback to films by starring in the multi-lingual English Vinglish.