Veteran actor Sridevi passed away last night as a result of a massive cardiac arrest. And, not surprisingly, her demise has left a void in the world of Indian cinema. Often referred to as the first female superstar of her generation, Sridevi played her first lead role at the age of 13 and left fans spellbound. In the years that followed, the ‘Last Empress’ found firm footing in the industry courtesy her performances in films like Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, Moondram Pirai, and Bobbili Puli to name a few. She also conquered Bollywood and starred in memorable hits such as Mr. India and Khuda Gawah to name a few.
However, not many know that Sridevi was also on the verge of giving Hollywood a taste of her talents. As it so happens, she was offered a small but important role in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic Jurassic Park but the diva refused it as she was not happy about her screen time and felt that it did not do justice to her star status.
Interestingly, Jurassic Park was not the only big film she said no to at the peak of her career. She also refused to star in Darr as she felt that her role was pretty ordinary.
On a related note, Sridevi remained particular about her roles throughout her career. Sometime ago, she was offered a key role in the Baahubali series but she refused it and the part ultimately went to Ramya Krishnan.
While talking about her decision to turn down the role, she had said that she did not want to think about it too much.
“I don’t hold any grudges and I don’t even believe he (Rajamouli) can talk like that. What is in the past, is in the past. The roles I don’t play are irrelevant to me. It is important for me to find new challenges as an actor,” she had added.
Well, she truly lived life on her own terms and will be missed.