Sridevi Kapoor, known as Sridevi (born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan) on 13 August 1963,is an actress who has worked in Tamil,Telugu,Hindi, Malayalam and a few Kannada films. Starting to act at the age of four, she made her debut as an adult in the late 1970s. She is regarded as one of the greatest and most popular actresses of Hindi Cinema, and ‘The First Female Superstar Of Hindi Cinema’. After establishing herself as one of the leading actresses of Hindi cinema, she left the industry in 1997 to raise her children.During her career, she has won four Filmfare Awards—two for Hindi films, and one each for Tamil and Telugu films. Sridevi is often cited by film media as one of the best actresses of Indian Cinema.Sridevi was born to Ayyapan and Rajeswari on 13 August 1963 in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. Her father was a lawyer. She has a sister and two step brothers. Sridevi married Boney Kapoor, a film producer and the elder brother of actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor, in 1996. They have two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi (Krishna). Her mother tongue is Tamil.Sridevi started her career as a child actor in the 1967 Tamil movie Kandan Karunai playing the role of young Muruga,and acted in many Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies from then on. During her early teens, she acted in a number of Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada movies as a lead actress.In 1976, Sridevi got her first big break as heroine in K. Balachander’s Moondru Mudichu, where she starred opposite rising stars, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.She then followed with a succession of films with both Haasan and Rajnikanth. With the former, she was in movies such as Guru, Sankarlal, Sigappu Rojakkal, Thaayillamal Naan Illai, Meendum Kokila, Vazhvey Maayam, Varumayin Niram Sivappu, Neela Malargal, Moondram Pirai and 16 Vayathinile and with Rajnikanth, she appeared in movies such as Gayathri, Dharma Yuddham, Priya, Johnny, Ranuva Veeran, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, Adutha Varisu and Naan Adimai Illai.At the same time, Sridevi started acting in Telugu movies, a number of which were made by K. Raghavendra Rao. With N. T. Rama Rao, she acted in movies such as Konda Veeti Simham, Vetagadu, Sardar Paparayudu and Bobbili Puli. With A. Nageswara Rao, she appeared in movies such as Mudulla Koduku, Premabhishekham, Bangaru Kanku and Premakanuka. With Krishna, she acted in movies such as Kanchu Kagada, Kalavari Samsaram, Krishnavatharam, Burripalem Bolludu, and Khaidi Rudrayya.She acted in more than 30 films with Telugu actor Krishna.With Chiranjeevi, she acted in movies such as Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka sundari,S.P.Parasuram.With Nagarjuna, she appeared in movies Aakhari Poratam,Govinda Goivnda.With Venkatesh, She acted in Kshana Kshanam.Sridevi made her debut in Hindi films as a child artist with the film Julie in 1975, where she played the role of younger sister to actress Lakshmi. It was 1979 release Solva Sawan which marked her adult debut as an actress. The film was the remake of her own film 16 Vayathinile (1977) although the film failed commercially. Her second hindi film Himmatwala (1983) became a big success and established Sridevi as a movie star in Hindi Cinema. The songs and trademark Southern style dances in the film became a rage as did her pairing with Jeetendra. The duo went on to star in several hits like Tohfa, Mawaali and Justice Chowdhry. While these films brought Sridevi commercial success, she earned critical acclaim for her celebrated performance in the 1983 film Sadma. Her portrayal of a young girl suffering from amnesia won her the first Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.In 1986 came the fantasy Nagina featuring Sridevi as a woman who could take the form of a snake at will. The film went on to become the years biggest hit, catapulting Sridevi to superstar status. It proved her capacity to carry a film on her shoulders while the climax song remains one of the most famous snake dances of Bollywood. Sridevi was especially lauded for her capability to emote and express during a dance sequence. She featured in many more big budget hits in 1986 like Karma and Aakhree Raasta cementing her status. Shekhar Kapur’s 1987 hit Mr. India further consolidated Sridevi’s position as the top female star.Sridevi had now reached a position where scripts were being written with her as the central character. Her title role in Yash Chopra’s super-hit Chandni reaffirmed her position as the topmost star of the eighties. The same year she delivered another hit in Chaalbaaz. Her portrayal of twin sisters won her the first Filmfare Best Actress Award of her career. The performance was ranked fourth in Filmfare magazine’s list of 80 Iconic Performances of Hindi Cinema She also appeared in Nigahen: Nagina Part II which was a sequel to Nagina becoming the first Hindi actress to have her own film franchise.Yash Chopra repeated her in his most ambitious film Lamhe in 1991. While this inter-generational love story failed at the box-office, the film is today regarded as a classic. It won the Filmfare Best Film Award while Sridevi’s double role as mother and daughter won her the second Filmfare Best Actress Award. The film was a success in the overseas market winning Sridevi much international acclaim. In 1992, Sridevi was paired with Amitabh Bachchan in the Afghanistan epic Khuda Gawah. Her larger than life double role won her another Filmfare nomination. The same year, her Telugu film Kshana Kshanam directed by Ram Gopal Verma, became a big hit and Sridevi won the Filmfare Telugu Best Actress Award and the Nandi Best Actress Award for her role as the hilarious victim of a heist gone wrong.Despite the big budget disaster Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja in 1993, Sridevi continued to remain an in-demand star and delivered a skilled performance in Mahesh Bhatt’s Gumrah. Her role of a helpless victim framed for drug trafficking brought her a Filmfare nomination. In 1994, she appeared in Laadla as an arrogant industrialist. The film was a modest success, winning her another nomination for Best Actress. Her last major release was Judaai in 1997. Her role of a materialistic housewife who sells off her husband to another woman won her the eighth Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.After a six-year hiatus, Sridevi briefly returned to the small screen in the Sahara sitcom Malini Iyer(2004–2005). She also appeared on Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (2004) for Karisma Kapoor and as a judge in the TV show Kaboom (2005). She performed a medley of some of her musical numbers at the 52nd Filmfare Awards 2007. She is a member of the Board of Directors at the Asian Academy of Film & Television.On September 19, 2009, Sridevi appeared on the Sony TV show 10 Ka Dum hosted by Salman Khan. On the episode, she and her husband, Boney Kapoor, were guests, along with actor-director Prabhudeva, actress Ayesha Takia and the musical duo Sajid-Wajid, all of whom had come to promote their film Wanted.Sridevi has also appeared on ramps in Lakme Fashion Weeks 2008 and 2010 and the HDIL Couture Week 2009 as Showstopper for prestigious designers like Neeta Lulla, Queenie Dhody and Priya-Chintan.Sridevi also developed passion for painting which has since brought her foreign attention. In March 2010, her paintings have been chosen by a reputed international art auction house. The auction was set to start in April 2010, and all the money raised has been donated.In 2011, Kareena Kapoor paid a tribute to Sridevi by performing to a selection of the actresses’s hit numbers at the Global Indian Film and Television Awards. Kareena called Sridevi her hero and the reason why most girls of her generation became actresses.In May 2012 Sridevi appeared in Aamir Khan’s TV show ‘Satyamev Jayte’ as a surprise to an interviewee who has been sexually abused as a child. She also signed a letter to the government in support of passing a law criminalizing sexual abuse of children initiated by Aamir Khan.Sridevi announced her comeback in early 2011. She has a sister and two step brothers.During the 1980s, Mithun Chakraborty had a love affair with Sridevi.Sridevi had fallen in love with Mithun Chakraborty on the sets of Rakesh Roshan‘s Jaag Utha Insan. Sridevi and Mithun Chakraborty are rumored to have got married secretly and later Mithun Chakraborty admitted it to the press but only when a fan magazine published their marriage certificate. Sridevi married Boney Kapoor, a film producer and the elder brother of actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor, in 1996. They have two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi.