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On Sridevi’s 50th b’day, counting her best films

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Actress Sridevi turned

50 Tuesday. She still

has the charm and curves that can give many leading actresses of the Hindi film industry a run for their money. What’s more, her critically acclaimed English Vinglish last year has proved that her acting skills are yet to turn rusty.

On her birthday, here are her top 10 films that made many go weak in the knees:

* Jaag Utha Insan (1984): Though it was “Himmatwala” that launched her into stardom in Bollywood. Sridevi danced and emoted as though there was no tomorrow.

* Sadma (1983): The true coming of age of one of India’s finest actresses. As a girl, who after an accident regresses into childhood, Sridevi conveyed all the nuances of her character’s predicament without getting over-cute.

* Nagina (1986): An awful film, but what an impact! Sridevi as a snake-woman slithering on the floor dancing to Amrish Puri’s music as Lata Mangeshkar sang the chartbuster “Main teri dushman, dushman tu mera”.

* Janbaaz (1986): It is strange how Sridevi’s legendary reputation is built on songs and dances as much as her breathtaking performances.

* Mr. India (1987): A turning point in Sridevi’s everlasting romance with the camera. ”.

* Chandni (1989): With this film, Sridevi became a Yash Chopra heroine.

* ChaalBaaz (1989): The same year as “Chandni”, Sridevi wowed movie buffs with her double role as the docile Anju and the tomboyish Manju.

* Lamhe (1991): Sridevi, as we all know, is addictive.

* Army (1996): It is the only film that brought Sridevi face-to-face with Shah Rukh Khan.

* Judaai (1997): Her last hurrah before she bowed out to play wife and mother.

* English Vinglish (2012): Her comeback film. It proved once again there will never be another Sridevi.

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