In open letter, Smriti Irani pays tribute to her 'favourite star' Sridevi

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 11:57 hrs

New Delhi: Following the sudden death of Sridevi who died late at Saturday night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani wrote an emotional letter remembering her "favourite star who defined joy in my childhood".

Recounting her last meeting with the superstar, Irani -- in a letter published by News18 -- wrote, "She stood there on a huge stage all alone. But she filled up the space with her charm and mighty presence as only she could. That's my last living image of Sridevi as she graced the International Film Festival of India in Goa last November.

"As I thanked her for her gracious presence in this celebration of cinema, she said something that would stay with me forever "where else would I be if not here?"

The Union minister described Sridevi as the first female superstar of the Indian film industry, who shouldered many '90s blockbusters alone.

"That her male co-stars had to depend on her magic for their box office success was an ode to her calibre," she added.

She further wrote, "My memories of Sridevi are built through my journey from being a fan girl to an actor and then my role as a politician. I have had opportunities to meet Sridevi in public engagements and industry events, and each time I went back knowing a little more about her."

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