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Ours was a friendship bound by affection: Kamal Hassan 

In the wake of her sudden demise, the actor emotionally recalls his memories of Sridevi 

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Published: 25th February 2018

Kamal Hassan, who shared an amazing friendship with Sridevi, having worked with her in 27 films in various languages, spoke about the late actor in a video message, recalling their path together in the film industry. 

Kamal began by speaking about her rise to stardom "Sridevi was an amazing actor and a leading star, these were not accidents. Her path to success was created solely because of her sheer determination."

He then recounted his memories of her during her initial days "I knew her since the time she was a child. She was not even 15 when I met her for the first time. She was a very innocent naive girl. I was like her class monitor in school. During the shooting of Moondru Mudichu, I was not only her co-actor, I also took the responsibility of teaching her dance and the nuances of acting, upon the orders of director K Balachander. Those memories are still fresh in my mind. I felt like an older classmate of hers. That's how our friendship started."

Speaking about their friendship he said "The 27 films that we acted together in were a significant part of our lives. I traveled with her till a point in life. Even after she became a star in Hindi I accompanied her on her journey for a while. After that our paths diverged."

"She was an actor who always wants to upgrade her skills in all spheres. Since we both had this common trait, ours was a friendship bound by affection," he added.

He also spoke about his last meeting with Sridevi, "Even when I met her last month, I could see the eagerness to learn new things in her eyes, I feel that she would have also felt the same with me. From this morning, the lullaby written by Kannadasan (Kanne Kalai Maane) has been playing over and over in my mind." 

He signed off saying "We have lost a wonderful actor. But the inspiration she has left behind, will create many more actors like her. She brought fame to Tamil Nadu nationally and internationally."
 

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