By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: The legal and property disputes between Sridevi and her sister Srilatha are a thing of the past.
Now Sridevi has established a comfort level with her once-estranged sister, thanks to Boney Kapoor’s mediation, so much so that on Monday evening Srilatha and her husband threw a grand party in Chennai for her star-sister’s Padma Shree award.
Bollywood’s happiest couple at the moment are Sridevi and Boney Kapoor. And to prove it they’ve been partying non-stop for the entire week ever since she received the Padma Shree award from President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.
On Monday evening in Chennai, Sridevi’s sister Latha threw a party. The night before on Sunday Sridevi and Boney were in Hyderabad to attend a party in Sridevi’s honour hosted by her cousin Maheshwari.
Says Boney, “Why should I not be proud of my wife? You name me one other actress who has had a 40-year innings as an actress and who made a comeback like she did. Do you know English Vinglish has earned 5 million dollars worldwide? It was released in Hong Kong in March where it has become the second-most successful Hindi film after 3 Idiots. For a heroine-centric film, that’s quite an achievement. Do you know Sri is the only actress to have played the lead with two generation of actors in the South and North? In Telugu cinema, she has starred opposite both N T Rama Rao and his son. In Bollywood, she has worked opposite both Dharmendra and Sunny Deol. I feel she should have got the Padma Sri long back. But never mind. We’re celebrating her success belatedly.”
Boney says he has a double reason to feel proud.
“On the one hand, Sri is doing so well for herself getting recognition from places that she deserves. On the other hand, my son Arjun Kapoor’s second film Aurangzeb is ready for release and it’s getting the kind of attention that very few films have done lately. Next to Ranbir Kapoor and Yeh Jawani hai Deewani, it’s my son Arjun in Aurangzeb who has received the maximum hits on the internet.”
One learns that Sridevi has been taking a keen interest in Arjun Kapoor and his new film Aurangzeb. Apparently, the actress makes sure that Boney spends as much time as possible with his two children from his first wife as he does with his kids from Sridevi.