On Sridevi’s birth anniversary, watch these movies featuring the actor in double roles
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On Sridevi’s birth anniversary, watch these movies featuring the actor in double roles
Hia Datta
Aug 13, 2021

Widely lauded as one of the finest actors of Indian cinema, Sridevi aced her acting turns in films across the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi film industries. The doe-eyed actress with a million expressions redefined versatility in the exemplary sense of the term, besides the drop-dead-gorgeous looks and the dreamy dancing. She was the perfect commercial heroine who took the moulds and rose above them and how! In a career spanning 50 years, the Hawa Hawai actor appeared in over 266 films, bagged various laurels including the National Film Award, and wafted into the genres from slapstick to epic dramas with rare ease and finesse. From donning roles of strong women at a time when women-centric movies were a rarity to ruling the roost in the entertainment industry during the 1980s and 1990s, Sridevi won over every cinema buff and has never really left since. Among several memorable turns, one can’t forget her awesome act as Charlie Chaplin in Mr India.

So, a movie with two Sridevis in it can be nothing short of super fun. On the actor’s birthday today, here are six Hindi movies starring Sridevi in double roles for you to bask in the craft of the talented actor of epic proportions.

5.4OTTplay Rating
This 1993 comedy actioner switched directors from Vinod Mehra (after his death) to Raj Sippy. Starring alongside Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, Sridevi played a double role as their lovers, Rosy and Priya. Guru (Anil Kapoor) and inspector Dev Kumar (Rishi Kapoor) are childhood friends. As Rosy and Priya, Sridevi holds her own, turning up the laughs and fun in the film, while also dancing away into our hearts on peppy numbers from the film.
7.2OTTplay Rating
A through-and-through Sridevi show, the plot follows two twin sisters separated at birth, landing in different circumstances. Anju (Sridevi) grows up to be subdued and subservient in a life of unfreedom and ill-treatment by her uncle, while Manju (also Sridevi) grows up to be the badass, free-spirited street-smart girl who doesn’t give two hoots about the patriarchal society. The going gets when they swap places and eventually set things right. Sridevi pulls off both the roles with her characteristic elan and malleable acting chops. On top of that, her onscreen charm and charisma steal the limelight from Sunny Deol and Rajnikant, her two leading men in the film. She won the Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards for her performance in Chaalbaaz.
6.1OTTplay Rating
This hit late 90s reincarnation romance has Rishi Kapoor starring in double roles alongside Sridevi. Reshma (Sridevi) and (Kumar) Rishi Kapoor are inexplicably attracted to each other. The connection stems from their past lives, where they were lovers. With this newfound revelation, the two can’t wait to be together but their romance hits a roadblock when their fathers disapprove of the union and try to draw them apart. To know if their enduring love endures this time, tune in to the movie.
Khuda Gawah
6.8OTTplay Rating
Sridevi plays the beautiful Afghan lady Benazir who catches the heart of Badshah Khan (Amitabh Bachchan). When he wants to marry her, she poses the precondition before him to off her father’s killer, which only complicates things further. So even though the two get married, their happiness is short-lived when Badshah is jailed. They have a beautiful daughter Mehndi, also played by Sridevi who comes down to India to find her father, who she knows is alive. She was nominated for the Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards.
7.8OTTplay Rating
This Yash Chopra directorial, which fared moderately in the domestic box office, was a big hit overseas. Considered a classic that was ahead of its times, the romantic musical drama features on various lists of Best Bollywood movies. Sridevi won the Best Actress at The Filmfare Awards for her performance. Looking like a dream, she works magic on the screen as the gorgeous Rajasthani girl Pallavi, who charms Anil Kapoor’s Viren, and as Pallavi’s daughter Pooja in the modern-day love saga. From the iconic dance numbers to imbibing the depth of both characters, Sridevi never misses a beat.
5.2OTTplay Rating
Based on the 1985 Kamal Hassan-starrer Kaakki Sattai, the film starred Sridevi in dual roles, Uma and Rama. Gaurav Shankar Srivastav (Mithun Chakraborty) aspires to be an honest police officer, but falls short of becoming one. Uma, his love in life is also the one anchor he has in life. But he soon turns to the wrong side of the law to get back at the police force and joins a gang where he meets Rama (Uma’s lookalike). Watch the film to see Sridevi slip into the shoes of the two different characters seamlessly.

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