Sridevi and Kamal Haasan were hits couple on the big screen. They Worked together in 27 films including, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi..Both Southern superstars gave electrifying performances together as an onscreen Pair. No big surprise, Sridevi's passing left Kamal Haasan lamenting for the lady he had known since she was 13.
Their last movie together was 30 years ago with the movie Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu. Her debut as an adult actress was with Kamal Haasan in the movie Moondru Mudichu where Sridevi played the role of a woman who is forced to marry against her wishes to protect herself from harassment. The film also starred Rajinikanth. But, it was the pairing with Kamal Haasan which the audiences loved.
Off-screen too, both the actors shared an irreplaceable bond. At a time when female actors were not treated very well, an older Kamal Haasan took it upon himself to look after a young Sridevi. The petite girl had been an actress since she was a toddler and Kamal Haasan in comparison was her senior. Yet, the actor came to regard her as his equal in the profession.
Their pairing was not just electrifying, but also complementary to each other. It seemed as if they could make the audience laugh and cry with them. Moondram Pirai was a testimony to the same. The film has been remade into several languages. Together, both of them attracted sympathy as well as empathy from the viewers in roles which could have backfired. The Hindi remake featuring the iconic pair did not work well at the box office at the time but has since been regarded as their most loved film. Sadma, with its portrayal of a grown-up woman whose memory loss leads her to behave like a child and a man taking care of her, was an unforgettable film. And Sridevi-Kamal Haasan made it even better.
Now that the iconic star Sridevi is no more, Kamal Haasan does feel the kind of grief one feels after losing a child. The man had not just worked with her when she was a child, but also been more than a senior or even a contemporary. His tearful tribute to her is a testimony to the same.