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Monday, November 24 1997

AP honours Sridevi, Madhuri

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VISAKHAPATNAM, Nov 23: Probably for the first time in their careers, the two glamour girls of the Hindi screen Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit appeared together on a stage to receive titles and felicitations at a function organised by Member of Parliament T Subbirami Reddy at the Gurajada Kalakshestram here on Saturday. The titles were presented to them as well as to producer Boney Kapoor and actor Anil Kapoor by the T Subbirami Reddy Kalapeetham here.

Despite intermittent showers, a huge crowd turned up at the auditorium and remained glued to their seats to have a glimpse of their favourite stars. The auditorium was packed to full capacity and police had a tough time in controlling the crowd.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Saleem Iqbal Shervani presented the various titles to the stars. Boney Kapoor was conferred the title Kalaratna, Anil Kapoor (Nata Kalaratna), Sridevi (Kalasaraswathi) and Madhuri Dixit (Kalabhinetri). Director Rajkumar Santoshi, who was to be conferred with the title of Chitra Kalaratna was absent.

Sridevi stole the hearts of the cinebuffs by saying in chaste Telugu, Nenu mee Telugu Ammayini (I am your Telugu girl). She further delighted them by saying that attending the felicitation function and seeing the love and affection of Vizagites was one of the three days she would never forget. The other two being of her entry into films and her marriage day.

Madhuri Dixit drew loud applause from the audience, when she said, "Your love and affection for us (stars) is reflected in your patience and in braving the showers. Now there is no need for us to ask, "Hum aapke hai koun?". She announced that she would soon be doing a film in Telugu and Tamil.

Boney Kapoor said he has developed a special affection for the people of Andhra and Vizag after marrying Sridevi, who hails from Andhra Pradesh.Anil Kapoor, in his brief speech thanked the organisers.

Saleem Shervani said that in the golden jubilee of Indian independence, the Nation has much to celebrate as we have grown from almost nothing to producing battle tanks and computers. Today, we have foreign exchange reserves to the tune of 30 billion dollars, he said.

T Subbirami Reddy, MP and founder-chairman of the Kalapeetam, was the master of ceremonies. MP Dronamraju Satyanarayana, Mayor S Hari, District Collector Veena Ish, District Judge P Lakshmana Reddy, Police Commissioner Durga Prasad, DIG R. Sitarama Rao, Eastern Naval Command chief Vice-Admiral P S Das, Municipal Commissioner Srilakhsmi and Gajuwaka Municipal Chairman T Gurumurthy Reddy, were among those who spoke on the occasion.

Copyright © 1997 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.

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