Sridevi made 264 films over 45 years, and while not all of them will stand the test of the time, her charisma will. I would remember her as the effervescent Chandni, the middle class mother in English Vinglish but mostly as Hawa Hawai — who wore fruit hats and solved crimes as an intrepid journalist.

Sridevi’s sudden death at the age of 54 in Dubai due to cardiac arrest yesterday has left family and fans in shock and grief. This ‘Chandni’ left the world too soon. The actor, wife of producer Boney Kapoor, died late at Saturday night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding.

In an impressive career, spanning five-decades, the actor ruled the commercial cinema space in the ’80s and ’90s like no heroine had done before. In an industry dominated by male superstars, Sridevi reversed the trend by her sheer acting prowess. Her name, most of the times, was a guarantee enough for a film’s success.