On 24th February 2018, Indian cinema’s first female superstar, Sridevi, breathed her last due to accidental drowning in a plush Dubai hotel, leaving millions of her fans across the globe shocked and teary-eyed. Not just her fans, the entire Indian film industry was in for a huge shock as the news of the actress’ sad demise spread around. National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta was also one of those millions of people who couldn’t believe what had just happened.
Mehta says that he will always be regretful about not approaching the actress for a film which he wanted to make with her. Though the director cannot remedy the unfortunate loss, he seems determined to make a movie on the iconic actress. “There will never be another Sridevi. I was about to approach her for a film. That film will now be dedicated to her, if it finds an actor. I will always regret that I didn’t approach her and could not make a movie with her. But I will make a film on her,” he told a news agency.
The acclaimed director insists that he will make the film no matter what and that he might approach seasoned actress Vidya Balan to play Sridevi on screen. “It will be made. There are actors (who I have in my mind). I might approach Vidya Balan. I will make the film,” he said.
Vidya Balan is one of the biggest fans of Sridevi. She has time and again proved her admiration for her, praising the evergreen actress for her sheer beauty and unrivalled talent that she possessed. If Balan comes onboard to play Sridevi, she will not disappoint her fans is what we can say.
In a career spanning across five decades, Sridevi starred in 300 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. After her marriage with film producer Boney Kapoor in 1996, she stayed away from films for almost 16 long years and made her comeback with Gauri Shinde’s ‘English Vinglish’ (2012). Her last film was ‘Mom’ (2017). Before her death, she had done a cameo in Rukh Khan’s upcoming film ‘Zero’, which will be her final onscreen appearance.