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At the mahurat of Chachi 420 (1997), people were surprised to hear the soulful strains of the nadaswaram, a double-reed wind instrument from Tamil Nadu, emerge from nowhere as the film’s leads Kamal Haasan and Tabu performed a scene. The setting was a temple and Haasan and Tabu’s characters had just gotten married. Later, to the surprise of everyone present, it was revealed that the music was provided by Haasan himself, who had trained in ventriloquism for a role.
Before making inroads into Bollywood to become India’s first female superstar in the 80s, Sridevi was already the darling of South Indian cinema in the 70s. She won accolades even as a child artiste debuting at the age of 4 in ‘Thunaivan’ and received a Kerala State Film Award for best child artiste for her performance in the Malayalam film ‘Poompatta’.However, it was truly Sridevi’s choice of films and acting prowess as the leading lady in regional films that cemented her position in Indian cinema.Here’s a glimpse at few of her most memorable performance in South Indian films, including Tamil and Telugu. If you’re favorite is not in this list, do leave us your comments below.