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Selena Marie Gomez, an American actress and singer was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas to mother Amanda Dawn, a former stage actress and father Ricardo Joel Gomez. Named after Tejano singer ‘Selena’, this little girl had an early interest for acting and the source being her mother. Seeing her mother getting ready and acting in theatre would excite her and made her long to do the same. She earned a high school diploma through homeschooling in May 2010. She debuted as an actress at the age of seven in ‘Barney and Friends’ and later acted some minor roles in ‘Spy Kinds 3D: Game over’ and the TV film ‘Walker’ and ‘Texas Ranger’. In 2004, discovered by Disney Channel, Gomez guest starred in ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ and in ‘Hannah Montana’ which later became a permanent role.
In 2007, with one of the main character of ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ in hand, the child star’s career finally started shining. In 2008, the multitalented teen recorded ‘Fly to Your Heart’ for the animated film Tinker Bell and signed a recording deal with ‘Hollywood Records’. The same year she came into a relationship with ‘Nick Jonas’ which ended very soon. Fifth on the list of “Eight hot kid stars to watch”, Gomez also starred in ‘Another Cinderella story’ and did a minor voice over role in ‘Horton Hears a Who!’. Gomez also launched her own production company in 2008, July Moon productions and partnered with XYZ films.
Her teen pop band “Selena Gomez and the Scene” released their debut studio album ‘Kiss and tell’ in 2009 and soon this band was certified Gold by RIAA. She has also been an amazing host as can be proven by the show ‘Sears Arrive Air Band Casting Call’. In the same year she starred as one of the two female leads in ‘Ramona and Beezus’ and started dating Taylor Lautner whom she met in Vancouver where both of them were shooting. After a few months media poked their nose in this relationship and forced them to separate.
Disney Channel has always been generous on the teen star giving her a guest appearance in ‘Sonny With a Chance’ and lead role in movie ‘Princess Protection Program’. Her show ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ won the “Outstanding Children’s Program” at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. 2010 was opened with the teenager’s own fashion line called “Dream out loud by Selena Gomez”.
In February 2011, the ‘Monte Carlo’ star attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party with love Justin Bieber confirming her relationship with the singer and being addressed as the ‘teen power couple’. Her career is going strong in 2012 with six films in her bag and five of which has her in the lead. She will first appear in ‘Hotel Transylvania’ scheduled to release in September and then in ‘Spring Breakers’ which will release in spring 2013. ’13 reasons why’ will be her next movie and after that ‘Hot Mess’. She has also filmed a cameo for ‘Aftershock’, an upcoming thriller. As a philanthropist, Gomez is a UNICEF’s spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat and the youngest ambassador of this organization.
Bhanurekha Ganesan, better known as “Rekha” was born on 10th October 1954 to tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and telugu actress Pushpavalli. Her father refused to help in her upbringing and her unmarried mother was forced to take up her responsibility solely. The child star who appeared in the Telugu film ‘Rangula Ratnam’(1966) was compelled to leave school and take up a career in acting at an early age due to financial constraints.
Her debut as a heroine left the audience spellbound in her successful Kannada film ‘Goa Dalli CID 999’ in 1969. However her next movie ‘Anjana Safar’ ran into a controversy because of the kissing scene in which Rekha claimed she was tricked into did not pass the censor board.
Acting was a forced rather than a desired profession for this actress who faced language problems in Hindi film industry because of her upbringing in Chennai. 1970 was the golden year which made her an instant star with her Bollywood debut ‘Saawan Bhadon’. Her looks still invited contempt and her roles were mostly restricted to that of a ‘glamour girl’.
Called the ‘Ugly Duckling’, Rekha was inspired to change her way of clothing and choice of roles after her commercially successful films ‘Raampur Ka Lakshman’(1972), ‘Kahaani Kismat Ki’(1973) and ‘Pran Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye’(1974). She rigorously worked on her personality and acting abilities and the audience was stunned in the transformation in her movie ‘Do Anjaane’. Her first critic acclamation came with her performance in ‘Ghar’ where she portrayed the role of a rape victim in 1978. This was a stepping stone for this always young woman because she received the best actress Filmfare Award.
‘Muquaddar ka Sikandar’ too gave her the critic approval and set her in the category of the Most Successful Actress of that time. In 1980, she came across a role specially written for her in ‘Khoobsurat’ and played a young vivacious woman.
Rekha’s on screen and off screen romance with Actor Amitabh Bachchan was clearly evident but her off screen relationship with the actor was highly criticized due to his married status. Her last movie with her love ‘Silsila’ was the most scandalous of their films together and ended the much reproached relation. Her portrayal in ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981) is considered to be one of her best acting performances. ‘Jeevan Dhara’ (1982) and ‘Muje Insaaf Chahiye’ (1982) gave her more Filmfare nominations. Wishing to expand her range, Rekha worked with independent directors, mostly under Shashi Kapoor’s production.
The adventurous and bold woman was one of those early actresses who played lead in ‘heroine-oriented’ films such as ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’. The 1990s saw a dip in her career with many unsuccessful films. She chose her roles with more care in the 2000s and appeared in fewer films.
The actress’s married life with Delhi based industrialist Mukesh Aggarwal was a brief one due to the suicide attempt of her husband. She did not marry again and chose to live alone in her Bandra house. The ninth greatest actress of all time is an ageless and timeless beauty.
Born on March 1, 1994 in London, Bieber had a challenging childhood with a single parent. Her mother raised him up working in low-paying office jobs. The teenage star’s father kept contact with him but married another woman and had two children. He attended a French immersion elementary School in Stratford called Jeanne Sauve Catholic School. His interest in hockey, soccer and chess was never displayed and was kept to himself. He taught himself to play piano, drums, guitar and trumpet. He stood second in a local singing competition and his enthusiastic mother posted his videos on youtube.
These videos gave Bieber his first contract by Scooter Braun who accidentally clicked on one of the videos and this impressed marketing executive tracked down the child’s mother and offered her the contract. The reluctant mum sent her 13 year old to Atlanta, Georgia to record demo tapes. Island records signed him in October 2008 and this 14 year old star shifter to Atlanta with his mother temporarily and appointed Braun as his manager. His first sing ‘One time’ was released to radio and reached number 12 on the Canadian top 100 in July 2009.
International market also acknowledged the song and was certified Platinum in Canada and US and Gold in New Zealand and Australia. To promote his album ‘One less Lonely Girl’, he performed on several live shows. He also performed ‘Someday at Christmas’ for US President Barack Obama and US first lady ‘Michelle Obama’ at the White house for ‘Christmas at Washington’. He also had the honor of being a presenter at the 52nd Grammy Awards(2010). The Christian boy’s ‘baby’, the leas single from his debut album is his biggest hit thus far.
His ‘metacritic’ proved to be a lucky one debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Bieber the youngest solo male act to top the chart since Stevie Wonder. On June 23, the ‘eenie meenie’ star started his world tour from Hartford to promote ‘MyWorld’.This actor cum singer also made a guest appearance in the season premiere of the CBS crime drama CSI-Crime Scene Investigation. The 3D-part biopic, part-concert film starring Bieber entitled ‘Justin Bieber: Never say Never’ was released in 2011 topping the box office with an estimated gross of $12.4 million on its opening day.
His first speculation about his lady love ‘Selena Gomez’ was confirmed on February 27, 2011 when the love birds attended the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party together. The youngest star was ranked number 2 on the Forbes list of Best-Paid Celebrities under 30. The teen heartthrob also had the honor of his wax replica at Madame Tussauds Museum in New York, Amsterdam and London. He has grabbed media attention for looking and sounding younger than his age and in spite of frequent criticisms and dislikes on YouTube, he continues to shine and sing.
Abraham Lincoln, born on 12th February 1809 was the second child of Thomas Lincoln and his wife Nancy Lincoln. Originally from Virginia, his family moved to Jefferson County, Kentucky where his father became one of the richest men in the County but in 1816, he lost all his lands and wealth in court cases because of faculty property lines and was forced to abandon the place. He started a new life with his family in Perry County, Indiana.
An avid reader, Abraham Lincoln was mostly self educated and moved with a reputation of brawn and audacity. At the age of 22, desiring a better life, this ambitious man went in the village of New Salem in Sangamon County and was hired by New Salem businessman Denton Offutt to take goods by flatboat from New Salem to New Orleans but the slavery prevalent at this place made him return to his home.
His first love, Ann Rutledge died early due to typhoid fever and he became engaged to Mary Todd and married her on 4th November 1842. Their fist son, Robert Todd Lincoln was born in 1843 and the second child Edward Baker Lincoln in 1846 but died in 1850 of tuberculosis. The third son Willie Lincoln was born in 1850 and died in 1862. Thomas Tad Lincoln, the fourth child was born in 1853 and died of heart failure in 1871.
At the age of 23, Abraham Lincoln bought a small general store on credit with a partner in New Salem but the difficult business and struggling economy compelled him to sell his share. His political and the most successful career started in 1832 with his campaign for the Illinois General Assembly. Lack of education or friends didn’t stop him from gathering a fan following and drawing crowds.
His other job as a postmaster and county surveyor were brief and he developed an interest in law. He started reading several law books. He won in his second campaign and moved to Illinois to practice law after being admitted to the bar. He became a successful lawyer and partnered with Stephen T. Logan. He also followed Henry Clay in supporting the American Colonization society program of making the abolition of slavery practical by helping free slaves to settle in Liberia.
In 1846, he was elected to the US House of Representatives and wrote a bill to abolish slavery in Columbia. In 1860, the Illinois Republican state convection was held and Lincoln’s supporters organized a campaign team. He was eventually elected the 16th president of the United States on November 6, 1860.
The commander of Fort Sumter sent a request for provisions to Washington and Lincoln’s order to meet that request was seen by the secessionists as an act of war. In 1861, the confederates thus began the war. Holding the power of the Commander-in-chief, Lincoln imposed a blockade on all confederate shipping ports realizing the seriousness of the situation. He thus, prevented British recognition of the confederacy by skillfully handling the Trent Affair.
In the 1864 re-elections, the 16th president was re-elected, carrying all but three states. His last day came on April 15, 1865 when he was assassinated by confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. He was the greatest President of United States who put an end to slavery and promoted economic and financial modernization.
With Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali films in her kitty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one most the most versatile and successful actresses of Bollywood. Born on 1st November 1973 in an ethnic Bunt family in Mangalore Karnataka to Krishnaraj, a biologist and his wife Brindya, Rai has an elder brother Aditya Rai, an engineer who also takes keen interest in films. This generous woman was eager to pursue a career in medicine because of her love for zoology. She went to-
· Jai Hind College, Mumbai
· DG Ruparel College, Matunga
· Raheja College for architecture.
But all her plans of becoming an architect or take up medicine lost its charm in front of modeling.This trained classical dancer was offered her first modeling contract in ninth standard by camlin pencils.Vohue magazine has been a favourite with Rai with her first pictures being published in Vogue after the Ford Supermodel Contest in 1991. Her modeling with big names and for big companies gave her instant popularity.
A star fell upon our actress in the year 1994 and she won both the Miss India World and Miss World title along with the Miss Photogenic award. Her studies took a setback ans she focused primarily on acting. Rai made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film ‘Iruvar’, a critical success. Her Bollywood debut was opposite Bobby Deol in an unsuccessful film ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gya’(1997).Her critical acclaimation came with the tamil movie ‘Jeans’(1998). Success touched her feet with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’(1999) and the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She also participated in a world tour called the ‘Magnificent Five’ along with Amir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Akshay Kahnna and twinkle Khanna.‘Taal’91999), ‘Josh’(2000) and ‘Devdas’(2002) portrayed different personalities and Rai took all of them with ease winning another Filmfare Best Actress Award for Devdas.
Her Bengali film ‘Chokher Bali’(2003) did well at the box office and her performance was critically praised. This Longines ambassador of elegance became the global brand ambassador of L’oreal in 2003. In 2004, Rai played her first negative role in ‘Khakhee’ and her performance received rave reviews. Her other movies in 2004 and 2005 were unsuccessful and received negative reviews. However her seven minute dance sequel in ‘Bunty aur Bubli’ was highly popular. 2005 was the year of charitable works for Rai and she became the brand ambassador of Pulse Polio and a spokesperson for the Internation Year of Microcredit. She also performed with Bollywood stars at the HELP Telethon Concert to raise money for Tsunami victims.
This enthralling woman made her next blockbuster with ‘Dhoom2’ with a sensual role. ‘Guru’(2007) and ‘Last legion’(2007) were again a flop. But ‘Provoked’(2007) was screened in the Cannes Film Festival. Her ‘Sarkaar’(2008) was a critical and commercial success and ‘Enthiran(2010) is the highest grossing Indian Film. She laid the foundation of a school for underprivileged girls in Uttar Pradesh along with the Bachchan family. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train.
Married to Abhishek Bachchan on 20th April 2007 accoding to traditional Hindu rites of the Bunt community, Rai lives peacefully with the Bachchan family and her daughter Aradhya Bachchan, born on 16 November 2011.
The Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawala was born on July 1, 1961 in Karnal, Haryana in a middle class family. She did her schooling from Tagore Public School and acquired her bachelor of engineering degree in Aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College.
Sketching and painting airplanes took up most of her time and gave her the title of being ‘different’ from her peers. Her brother, Sanjay too shared her dream of flying into the heavens and experiencing the beauty of our universe but his medical report did not allow him to fulfill this dream and venture in the other world.
However Kalpana was determined to make her dream a reality and her brother proud. She therefore took up this challenge. Desiring of higher education, she went to the United States to obtain a M.S degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.
She earned a second M.S. degree in 1986 and a Ph. D in aerospace engineering. The ambitious woman started working at the NASA Ames Research Centre as Vice President of Overset Methods. She also had a certificated flight instructor rating for airplanes, gliders and Commercial Pilot licenses for single and multi engine airplanes, seaplanes and gliders.
After joining the ‘NASA Astronaut Corps’ in March 1995, she was selected for her first flight in 1996. She was assigned her first space mission on November 19, 1997 as a part of six astronaut crew that flew the space shuttle Columbia flight STS-87. The first India born woman to fly in space travelled over 10.4 million miles in 252 orbits of the earth and spending more than 352 hours in the heavenly space. Her responsibility during this mission was to deploy the malfunctioned Spartan satellite.
The intelligent astronaut was appointed in technical positions in the astronaut office to work on the space station and her performance in the work was awarded by her peers. In 2000, she was selected for her second flight which got delayed due to technical problems such as the discovery of cracks in the space shuttle engine flow liners.
On 16th January, 2003 Chawla returned to space aboard Columbia on the STS-107 mission. The responsibilities given on her shoulders during her last mission included the microgravity experiments, for which the crew conducted approximately 80 experiments to study earth and space science, advanced technology development and astronaut health and safety.
She died on February 1, 2003 with the other six crew members when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas while entering the earth’s atmosphere. The STS-107 was thus the last mission of the second Indian woman to venture into space after Rakesh Sharma who flew in 1984 in a spacecraft. She was honored posthumously with the Congressional Space Medal of honor and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. She continues to live in our hearts.
Katrina Torquotte, born on 16 July 1984 is a British Indian actress and former model who presumably hails from London. Brought up by her divorced mother, Kaif has seven siblings and has been a nomad before finally settling into Mumbai. Born in Hong Kong, she moved to China and then Japan. France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Hawaii and England are the countries she lived before coming to India
Her secular religious views have taken her to various religious places in India including Hindu, Sikh and Islamic places of worship. The beautiful actress began her modeling career at the age of fourteen for a jewellery campaign. Her continued modeling in London for big houses led her to London Fashion week where she walked the ramp. Kaizad Gustad, a London based filmmaker introduced her to the world of cinema and gave her a character in his film ‘boom’ which was a box office failure.
Moving to Mumbai, Katrina was offered a number of modeling assignments but not many film contracts because of her poor command over Hindi language. Ram Gopal Verma gave her the first breakthrough in 2005 in his film ‘Sarkaar’ opposite Abhishek Bachchan. Mentioned as the ‘complete revelation’ for her movie ‘Maine pyaar kyu kiya’, this British citizen managed to impress Taran Darsh, a prominent film critic. Her poor knowledge and pronunciation of Hindi forced directors to dub Katrina’s voice in movies like ‘Namaste London’ (2007) and ‘Singh Is King’ (2008). Her final film of 2007, ‘Welcome’ was declared a blockbuster in India. Abbas –Mustan’s action thriller ‘Race’ was her first film in 2008 and was proclaimed successful. Her next ‘Singh is King’ was again a blockbuster and marked the sexiest actress’s six consecutive successes at the box office.
2009 was the victory year for Katrina with her firth movie ‘New York’ acknowledging critical and commercial success and giving her the first Filmfare nomination in Best Actress category. However India’s first underwater thriller ‘Blue’ turned out to be a flop. Her final film for the year ‘De Dana Dan’ had a most promising opening and received the above average status.
Prakash Jha’s political thriller ‘Rajneeti’ won acclaims for Kaif in 2010.Her next ‘Tees Maar Khan’ received negative reviews as well but did moderately on the box office. Her dynamic and vibrant character in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011) was critically appreciated. Her next ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ also won this vivacious girl some positive notice. Voted as the sexiest woman in the world by Eastern Eye in 2008, 2009 and 2010, she has been honored by this title for the fourth time by Fashion magazine FHM. Her beautiful face has helped her bag many endorsements during her career. She was Coca-Cola’s brand ambassador in 2002 in Tamil Nadu.
Her flawless skin makes her the most desirable actress for skin products companies. She is currently endorsing Veet and several multinational brands such as Panasonic and is the brand ambassador of United Arab Emirates- Etihad Airways. Katrina is now regarded as one of the top most actresses in the Hindi film industry.
John Abraham in Christian and Farhan Abraham in Parsi is the hottest actor of the Hindi cinema. He was born on 17th December 1972 to a Malayali father who is an architect and Parsi mother. He also has a younger brother, Alan.
He did his schooling from Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai and acquired a bachelor’s degree in economics from Jai Hind College and did his MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He also received an MMS from Mumbai Educational Trust (MET).
His modeling career started with his appearance in the Punjabi singer Jazzy’s music video ‘Surma’. Later he joined the media firm Time & Space media Entertainment Promotions Ltd. which closed due to financial problems.
He then worked as a media planner for Enterprises-Nexus. Then came the turning point in 1999 when he won the Gladrags Manhunt contest and went to the Philippines for modeling. He also modeled in London, Hong Kong and New York City.
The commercials and music videos offered to him inspired him to improve his acting skills and he joined the Kishore Namit Kapoor acting laboratory and completed an acting course. He then made his acting debut with ‘ Jism’ in 2003 which was termed as an above average movie at the box office.
He next appeared in a paranormal thriller ‘Saaya’ (2003), Pooja Bhatt’s directorial debut ‘Paap’ (2004) and Ahmed Khan’s ‘Lakeer’ in 2004. In 2004, he was seen in ‘Dhoom’ which became the highest grossing film of that year.
2005 started with ‘Kaal’ and the comedy ‘Garam Masala’, both of which did well at the box office. He also did a role in the Canadian film maker Deepa Mehta’s ‘Water’ which was popular internationally and was also nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Then in 2006 he performed at the ‘Rockstars Concert’ along with actors Salman Khan, Zayed Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol, Shahid Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat.
He also starred in ‘Zinda’, ‘Taxi No 9211’, ‘Babul’ and ‘Kabul Express’ which were considerably successful. In 2007, he did Nikhil Advani’s ‘Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love’ which did not do well at the box office. In the same year he was also seen in the movies ‘No smoking’ and sports film ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’.
In 2008 his only release was ‘Dostana’ along with Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra which was a super hit. In 2009, he appeared in Yash Raj Films’ ‘New York’ which did moderately at the box office. In 2010 he starred in ‘Aashayein’ and ‘ Jhootha Hi Sahi’. His ‘Desi Boyzz’ in 2011 with Akshay Kumar was a commercial hit and did well at the box office.
He ended his nine year relationship with actress Bipasha Basu in 2011 shocking the industry. In 2012, he made his directorial debut with the Ayushmann starrer ‘Vicky Donor’ which was a commercial and critical hit and received positive response. He also appeared in ‘Housefull 2’. The actor is currently working on his second production ‘Hamara Bajaj’ which is to go on floors in 2013.
He is now in a relationship with Priya Runchal, an NRI financial analyst and investment banker from USA. He is also an active PETA member and in 2009 led a group of Indian celebrities in the Mumbai marathon, an event to benefit the United Way.
Deepika Padukone, born on 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents Prakash Padukone, a former badminton player of international repute and his wife, a travel agent moved to Bangalore along with her parents when she was eleven months old.
She went to Sophia High School in Bangalore and did her pre-university studies from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Inspite of being a state level badminton player during her school years, she did not want to pursue a career in the sport.
Later she enrolled herself in Indira Gandhi National Open University for Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She pursued a career in modeling while in college and modeled for Indian brand names such as Liril, close-up toothpaste, Limca etc.
The cosmetics company Maybelline made her its international spokesperson. Awarded the title ‘Model of the Year’ at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards, she was shortly chosen as one of the models of the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar (2006).
Later Kingfisher Airlines, Levi Strauss and Tissot SA were added to her long list of endorsements. She made her debut as an actress with the Kannada movie ‘Aishwarya’ in 2006 and then made her bollywood debut with Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ in 2007 which was a blockbuster.
Her first film in hindi cinema got her recognized by the critics as well as the audience and she won the Filmfare Best Actress Debut award and a nomination in the Filmfare Best Actress category. Her next release was ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ in 2008 which did moderately at the box office.
Then in 2009, she did a double role in ‘Chandi Chowk to China’ opposite Akshay Kumar ehich turned out poorly. Critically and commercially, the film flopped without gaining any positive reviews for Deepika’s performance.
Her romance with actor Ranbir Kapoor also started in this year and they seen as the new hot couple of Bollywood. She did ‘Love Aaj kal’ opposite Saif Ali Khan in 2009 which was one of the biggest hits of the year and earned her a nomination in the Filmfare Best Actress category but failed to leave a mark in the minds of the critics. But her break up with the ‘Saawariya’ actor was the hot topic of the news that year.
In 2010 her first film was ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ which was a commercial failure. She next appeared in the multi-starrer ‘Housefull’ which was a big hit in India grossing over INR 95 crore in the first week. She next did ‘Lafange Parindey’ and made the audience cry and sympathize with her character. Her next release in 2010 was ‘Break Ke Baad’ which was a commercial failure but won her acclamations from critics.
Her final release of the year was ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ was another flop. She also walked the red carpet at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. 2011 started for her with a sizzling item number in ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ which received mixed reviews. She was next seen in ‘Aarakshan’ portrayed her great acting skills. She next appeared in ‘Desi Boyzz’ which was average at the box office.
In 2012 she appeared in ‘Cocktail’ in a totally different version of her. She played the role of a vivacious, bold and a naughty girl who solely handled the movie with her character. As a part of NDTV’s Greenathon Campaign, she adopted the village Ambegaon in Maharashtra. She also dated Vijay Mallya’s son Siddharth Mallya but broke up with him in 2012.
Sridevi was born on 13th august 1963 in Tamil Nadu to a lawyer father Ayyapan and mother Rajeswari. She started her acting career as a child actor in the Tamil movie ‘Kandan Karunai’ in 1967 and then on acted in many Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and kannada movies as the lead actress.
Her debut as the principal heroin came with the movie ‘Moondru Mudichu’ opposite Rajnikant and Kamal Hasan. She also has Telugu movies offered to her in addition to Tamil. Most of her Telugu movies were made by K. Raghavendra Rao. She debuted in Hindi cinema also as a child artist in ‘Julie’ (1975).
Then in 1979 she did her debut as an adult actress in ‘Solva Sawan’ which was a remake of her own movie ’16 Vayathinile’ but was a commercial failure. Her second Hindi film ‘Himmatwala’ (1983) was a big success and established her position in the Hindi film industry.
Her pairing with Jeetendra and the songs and trademark Southern style dances was popular and became a rage. She acquired her first critical acclamation for the movie ‘Sadma’ in 1983 in which she played the role of a young girl suffering from amnesia. She also had the privilege of being nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress award that year.
In 1986 she featured in ‘Nagina’ in an entirely different and challenging role as a woman who could take the form of a snake whenever she desired. Capturing the audience as a snake woman she went on to do bigger budget films like ‘Karma’ and ‘Aakhree Raasta’ in 1986.
Her next movie ‘Mr. India’ futher deepened her position in the industry establishing her as one of the top actresses. Her super hit ‘Chandi’ enchanted the audience and proved her status of a big star. In the same year she gave another hit ‘Chaalbaaz’ which won her the Filmfare Best Actress award. She was also seen in ‘Nigahen: Nagina Part II’.
Yash Chopra’s ‘Lamhe’ starring Sridevi in 1991 failed at the box office but is considered a classic today. The movie won the Filmfare Best Film Award and Sridevi won her second Filmfare Best Actress award. In 1992 she appeared in ‘Khuda Gawah’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Her Telugu skills won her the Filmfare Telugu Best Actress Award for Ram Gopal Verma’s Telugu movie ‘Kshana Kshanam’. The failure of ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron ka Raja’ in 1993 did not deter her demand as an actress. She next did ‘Gumraah’ (1993) and ‘Laadla’(1994). Her last major release was ‘Judaai’ in 1997.
In 1996 she married Boney Kapoor, a film producer and the couple has two daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. Since then this iconic actress has retired from her work. But she continues to appear in small roles. She is a member of the Board of directors at the Asian Academy of Film and Television. In 2009 she appeared on the reality show ’10 Ka Dum’ and has also walked the ramp a number of times in Lakme Fashion Weeks. In 2011 she announced her comeback delighting her numerous fans and she is currently working on a new film ‘English Vinglish’.