Sridevi was born to Telugu mother Rajeswari and Tamil father Ayyapan. Her father was a lawyer. She has a sister and two step brothers. Sridevi married Boney Kapoor, a film producer and the elder brother of actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor, in 1996. They have two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. Sridevi started her career as a child actor at the age of four in Tamil movie. In 1976, Sridevi started her first leading role in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu directed by K. Balachander. In 1975, Sridevi debuted in Bollywood with Julie, where she played younger sister to the protagonist Lakshmi. She also appeared in the films like 16 Vayathinile, Sigappu Rojakkal, Priya, Karthika Deepam, Johnny, Varumayin Niram Sivappu and Aakali Rajyam. Sridevi made her debut in Hindi films in Solva Sawan in 1979. The film released in 1983 and became one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. In 1992, Sridevi starred in the epic Khuda Gawah opposite Amitabh Bachchan. The actress's big budget 1993 release Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja was one of India's most expensive films ever made, though the film failed at the box-office. Sridevi continued to get central roles with big banners like the Dharma Productions venture Gumrah opposite Sanjay Dutt. The last major film Sridevi starred in before she took a break from the industry was Judaai released in 1997. After a six-year hiatus, Sridevi briefly returned to the small screen in the Sahara sitcom Malini Iyer. In May 2012, Sridevi appeared in Aamir Khan's TV show Satyamev Jayte as a surprise to an interviewee who had been sexually abused as a child. She also signed a letter to the government in support of passing a law criminalizing sexual abuse of children initiated by Aamir Khan. Sridevi announced her comeback in early 2011, while working in a new film English Vinglish. On release, the film and Sridevi's performance received positive response. In 2015, Sridevi has a starring role in the Tamil movie Puli.
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