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Sridevi: The Queen of Expressions

Last updated on: February 26, 2018 12:39 IST

Sridevi went through so many expressions in her career, and we love all of them!

Every time Sridevi appeared on screen, it was hard to look at anything else.

A spellbinding combination of ada (style) and adakari (skill), her marvelous zing and free impulses captured myriad feelings and the minutest nuances.

If making a face was an art form, Sridevi had mastered it to perfection.

With a mere biting of lips, twitching of nose, glistening of eyes or flashing that rapturous smile, she could transform an ordinary shot into an outstanding one.

An everlasting symbol for movie magic, Sukanya Verma remembers the Queen of Expressions in her various moods and moments.

 

Chaalbaaz

 

Sri had an intrinsic humour about her that enriches the Chaalbaaz experience even in the absence of a real gag.

An adorable goof while demanding her beau to 'tu mera naam leke mar ja.'

 

An adorable goof while taking off on Michael Jackson in a Billy Jeanesque costume.

 

 

Wearing green lips and a wreath of leaves and cherry tomatoes on her head!

 

Part of the pleasure is watching her turn into the melodramatically timid twin sister at a moment's notice.

 

 

The whole world danced to Chandni's tune, nau nau churiyan or none.

 

Sridevi

 

And then felt the pinch of her heartache after she leaves town to start afresh.

 

Sridevi

 

The Mr India star can't keep a straight face as she babbles gibberish I-see-Lucy-You-see-Lucy. Nor can we.

 

Sridevi

 

Chaplin would have surely doffed his hat at this performance.

 

Sridevi

 

The part where Mr India took a break from being a children's film to accommodate Sri's sizzling, scorching, seduction draped in one iconic blue sari.

 

 

Sridevi

 

The Sadma school of acting may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Sridevi's artless appeal still holds.

 

Sridevi

 

Even Amrish Puri had to a formidable foe like Sri's raging snake woman in Nagina.

 

Sridevi

 

An early glimpse of Sridevi's trademark tongue rolling in Mawaali.

 

Sridevi

 

Before she found her calling in meaty, central roles; Sridevi played her share of the vacuous eye candy opposite Hindi film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra and Rajesh Khanna.

 

Sridevi

 

Easy to tell she's none too pleased about it. Luckily for her, Himmatwala proved to a major success.

 

Sridevi

 

And that's the child woman everyone keeps talking about.

 

Sridevi

 

Though Lamhe didn't work, Sridevi's performance was hailed by one and all.

How droll is her version of Nargis rejoicing to Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi?

 

Sridevi

 

Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja's disaster status couldn't delete Sridevi's hysterical Chinese caricature from public memory.

 

Sridevi

 

Khuda Gawah wouldn't be Khuda Gawah without Badshah Khan.

Khuda Gawah wouldn't be Khuda Gawah without Badshah Khan's beloved Benazir either.

 

Sridevi

 

And the crowd broke into a collective gasp every time Sridevi turned on the heat.

 

Sridevi

 

You do not mess with Sridevi. "You understand, you better understand!"

 

Sridevi

 

Trust Sri to make the viewer feel her nightmare and claustrophobia behind bars for a crime she did not commit in the intense ambiance of Gumrah.

 

Sridevi

 

Comedy Queen is at it again in the little-seen Naakabandi.

Samba and Kaalia would surely approve.

 

Sridevi

 

Judaai's audacious premise owes all its fun to Sridevi's OTT rendering of nouveau riche traits.

 

Sridevi

 

Her glorious return after more than a decade in English Vinglish reiterated how few can bare themselves before the camera like Sri does.

 

Sridevi

 

There's more to her than ebullience. Her cold-blooded determination in and as Mom served as a reminder of her versatility.

Sukanya Verma