Sridevi was arguably one of the biggest names in Southern cinema. And, during her illustrious career, she starred in a host of memorable films. However, it’s the 1982 release Moondram Pirai that is considered to be one of the greatest films of her career. Directed by the legendary Balu Mahendra, it was shot around Ooty and featured Sridevi in the role of a ‘child-woman’. Perhaps that is why the ‘Last Empress’ will always hold a special place in the hearts of people from Ooty. Talking about watching Sri shoot the famous railway station scene, a resident told Times of India that she had conducted herself with grace during the shoot.
“The railway station scene tells the whole story of the movie. I still remember how Sridevi carried herself so well during the shoot. Millions of her fans still gush about her role in Moondram Pirai,” he added.
Another fan said that the film is still so popular that even today tourists associate Ooty’s station with Moondram Pirai.
“I was among the people who witnessed that poignant scene. The scene always remains in my heart. Sridevi, who had no dialogue in that particular scene, really proved her histrionic skills. After the movie was released in 1982, for several years the Ketti station was known as Moondram Pirai station’ among tourists. Even today, many tourists connect this station with the movie,” added the fan.
Interestingly, Moondram Pirai was later remade in Hindi as Sadma with Kamal Haasan and Sridevi reprising their roles from the original version. Like the Kollywood version, it too is regarded as a classic.
In case you did not know, Sridevi passed away on Saturday in Dubai. While initial reports stated that she died because of a cardiac arrest, later it was revealed that she passed away due to drowning.
Sridevi will truly be missed!