Sridevi, the Chandni of Bollywood, left a gaping hole in the Indian film industry when she left this world earlier this year. Adding to the tragedy was the fact that she was only 54 and still had a lot to contribute to this world as proven by her last film MOM.
She had been largely inactive in the film industry after the 1990s. But when she did come back, it was in style. In 2012, she starred in English Vinglish, in which she played a woman who is fed up with her husband and daughter mocking her English and wants to learn the language.
Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi was among the few female stars in India who would often outshine their male co-stars.
Even as loved ones and millions of fans in India and around the world remember Sridevi on her birth anniversary today, here is a look at some of her rare photos from the Express Archives.