Sridevi: The Overwhelming Silence of the Queen of Laughter

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Sridevi: The Overwhelming Silence of the Queen of Laughter

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n 1991, Yash Chopra made a movie with a story that was begging to be misunderstood. Lamhe was bound for failure. How can you show a man falling in love with a woman whose guardian he is, who could have been his daughter, was the rallying cry. Of course, the fact that Sridevi’s character was not Anil Kapoor’s daughter escaped everyone. Of course the movie tanked locally (even though it is considered an overseas blockbuster).

Anil Kapoor even called it a mistake. Sridevi didn’t say anything. But then again, she never did, you know.

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