When the news of SriDevi's sudden demise hit the nation, millions of fans felt a deep heartbreak. Since that time, her family members- daughter Janhvi Kapoor, husband Boney Kapoor and step-son Arjun Kapoor- have spoken fondly about her. And now, her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor, who has worked with Sri in many hit films, has spoken about her.
While shooting an episode on Star Plus’ Dance Plus 4 called Sridevi Tribute, Anil opened up about how he always used to touch her feet whenever they met! He did so not because she was his sister-in-law but out of respect for her as an artist irrespective of the place and occasion. This was also a gesture that embarrassed the late actor immensely and would make her feel awkward, she always asked him not to do so.
“As an artist I feel blessed to have worked with Sridevi ji and she had a huge contribution to my career. She was an actor with immeasurable talent who could fill the screen with her magic. We shouldn’t remember her with sadness and rather celebrate her brilliance as a performer with love, affection and joy," said Anil while recalling SriDevi.
For the uninitiated, SriDevi passed away on February 24 this year at a Dubai hotel due to accidental drowning. She was in Dubai to attend the wedding of Boney’s nephew, actor Mohit Marwah. While the rest of the family had flown back to Mumbai, Sridevi chose to stay back for some shopping. She was staying at Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.
Afterwards, Janhvi Kapoor posted a heartbreaking letter on her mother, saying “there’s gnawing hollowness in my chest that I know I have to learn to live with”.
Speaking the International Film Festival of India in November, Janhvi has said how 2018 had both worst and best experiences of her life. “It’s harder to say anything... When I say ‘growth’, I mean personal growth, I don’t know about artistic. This year brought me both the worst and the best experience of my life. It’s a little strange... Our family is now united, so that is very big thing for me.”
On my birthday, the only thing I ask of all of you is that you love your parents. Cherish them and devote yourself to making them feel that love. They have made you. And I ask that you remember my mother fondly, pray for her soul to rest in peace. Let the love and adulation you’ll showered on her continue and please know that the biggest part of my mother was the love she shared with papa. And their love is immortal because there was nothing like it in the whole world. Nothing as joyful and pure and no two people as devoted to one another as they were. Please respect that because it hurts to think anyone would ever try to tarnish it. Preserving the sanctity of what they had would mean the world not only to my mother but also to a man who’s entire being revolved around her, and her two children who are all that remains of their love. Me and Khushi have lost our mother but papa has lost his “Jaan”. She was so much more than just an actor or a mother or a wife. She was the ultimate and the best in all these roles. It mattered a great deal to her to give love and to get love. For people to be good and gracious and kind. She didn’t understand frustration or malice or jealousy. So let’s be that. Let’s be full of only good and give only love. That would make her happy, to know that even in death, she gave you all something. The courage and inspiration to fill yourselves with nothing but love and rid yourselves of bitterness in any way and form. That’s what she stood for. Dignity, strength and innocence. Thank you for the love and support everyone has shown us in the past couple of days. It’s given us hope and strength and we can’t thank you all enough.
"But whatever happened that too was very heavy (tragedy). We are still in shock, so we haven’t been able to process it properly. I’m really thankful for all the love that we have received and I got a chance to work, which is a big thing for me. I got a chance to make my parents proud, which is most important for me," she added.
Talking about life after Sri's death, Boney earlier said, “Today this vacuum, this void cannot be replaced but the good wishes and the goodwill that she has left behind is something that we can live with... She is with me, in my memories...with my children. I feel the loss of her every second of my life, not just me even my children do. This is something that we have to live with. Unfortunately, she was snatched away from us sooner than anybody expected.”