West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences to the family of legendary actress Sridevi, who died in Dubai on late Saturday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Sridevi was in Dubai along with Boney Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor to attend the wedding of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah.

The Chief Minister wrote on Twitter; “Saddened at the untimely passing away of Sridevi, one of the most popular actors of a generation. Condolences to her family, her colleagues in the industry and fans”.

Hailed as the first female superstar of Indian cinema, the demise of 54-year-old Sridevi came as a ‘sadma’ to the nation. As the news started doing the rounds early in the morning of Sunday, 25 February, celebrities posted their condolences on Twitter reacting with both shock and grief.

Honoured with the Padma Shri in 2013, Sridevi worked with nearly every top actor of her generation, including Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth. A shocked film fraternity joined voices expressing their grief at her passing.

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While films like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, her outings like “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe” (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.

She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring in home production – “Judaai” – co-starring her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar. It was director Gauri Shinde’s “English Vinglish” in 2012 that marked Sridevi’s comeback.

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Her nuanced performance as a middle-class woman, learning to speak English to feel accepted by her family, won accolades, and the film was also a commercial success.

Her last film was the 2017 revenge-drama – “Mom” – opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna.

She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film – “Zero” – which releases in December this year.

(With agency inputs)