Lovers of Indian cinema, Bollywood in particular, were in a state of shock in February when news started doing rounds that superstar Sridevi passed away at her hotel in Dubai. Not many believed this and considered this to be a celebrity death hoax which has become more prevalent. However, series of incidents the next morning made everyone believe that Sridevi indeed was no more. Many celebrities, politicians and others mourned the demise of Sridevi and said that Indian cinema lost a gem of a personality. One close friend and co-star of many films, actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, says that her sudden demise has made him love his loved ones all the more.
“I still can’t believe she is gone. Life is so unpredictable. The suddenness of Sridevi’s death has made me appreciate my loved ones more. It’s important to live every moment positively and beautifully,” Nagarjuna was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
Nag also says that she reigned multiple industries and Indian cinema will miss her, not just one industry. “She was equally important to Hindi and south cinema. Her contribution to cinema in the south — whether it was Malayalam, Telugu or Tamil, cannot be undermined. In Telugu, I can vouch for her professionalism and talent. Sridevi could do anything,” he added further.
Sridevi is the only actor who has worked with both Nagarjuna and his father ANR. Recalling this fact, Nag says, “You won’t believe this. But she played my father’s daughter and then his romantic interest in several films. And then she was my co-star. No matter whom she was paired with, Sridevi was completely at home. It didn’t matter to her whether her leading man was my father or me. She was equally comfortable with both,” Nag added. Nagarjuna and Sridevi have worked in Govinda Govinda, Khuda Gawah and Aakhari Poratam.