Evergreen beauty Sridevi, celebrates her 46th Birthday today. Surprising isn’t it, she doesn’t at all look like 45! On the other hand, four years her junior and the ex-pretender to her throne, Madhuri Dixit looked very old and jaded in her last movie Aaja Nachle! Maybe of the reason that Sridevi has been off the limelight for quite a while now and hence her image in audience’s minds is as from the past.
In any case, the diva will be ever-young in admirers’ and fans’ hearts alike. She is probably the only actress who was Numero Uno in the Southern language movies as well as Bollywood. Her performances in Hindi movies like Sadma, Chaalbaaz, Mr.India, Nagina, Lamhe and Telugu ones like Kshana Kshanam, Aakali Rajyam, Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari et al are memorable in every aspect. Happy Birthday Sridevi!!!
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After a long time, am watching a good movie on the telly. Telugu movie Kshana Kshanam, starring the vivacious eternal beauty – and my favourite actress – Sridevi, Venkatesh and Paresh Rawal. Sridevi plays a simple, bubbly and motormouth Satya who unknowingly has an envelope containing the whereabouts of a Crore of rupees thrust upon her. In a panicky situation, she stabs a goon who’s after the cover and escapes…with the police hot on her heels. She runs into Chandu (Venkatesh), a smalltime thief who thinks the police are after him and flees into the forest alongwith Satya. They’re followed into there by Paresh Rawal and his gang who had orchestrated the bank robbery and whose henchman had betrayed them and hid the money someplace. What follows is an ultimate chase across the jungle, the city, the railway station and ultimately culminating atop a moving train!
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, who had earlier made the gritty dark blockbuster Shiva with Nagarjuna, this time chooses a racy road-trip-esque story with ample drama, twists and loads of humour. Much of the latter is provided by Paresh Rawal who does a great job with his telugu dialogue delivery. Poovemaina kanipisthonda (do I look like an idiot?) and aayana chaala manchi vaaru (he’s a very good person) make one’s sides ache with laughter. Venkatesh delivers a decent performance in a gritty role with a streak of goodness at the end. But for me, the star of the movie is undoubtedly Sridevi. Her expressions are priceless. Her histrionics are awesome. Her panicky demeanour is praiseworthy. Her cries of devuda…devuda…(Oh My god! Oh My God!) whenever she’s in trouble make you chuckle and feel for her at the same time! She does her own stunts (climbing across ledges, moving from one bogie to another on a running train) & even sings one of the songs! And if you thought hers was a plain-jane tomboyish role, look at the video of one of the songs after the jump and you’ll definitely change your mind.
She’s sensuous as ever….
Charming as ever…
Beautiful as ever…