If she had lived On August 13 Bollywood resident diva Sridevi would have turned a year older. Every year Boney Kapoor filtered all the Birthday greetings and made sure the love of his life was not disturbed.
When asked what made Sridevi so extra-special Boney ponders, “I’ve never asked why she was special. I just knew she was . I knew it from the time I met her. We were married for 21 years. I saw her grow from strength to strength as a human being and an actress.”
Boney pretty much finds himself staggered by his wife virtuosity on screen. “There was nothing that she can’t do . As an actor her range was limitless. From comedy in Chalbaaz and Mr India to the mellow muted drama of Mom where she lifted a potentially routine story to sublime levels, she is according to me the best actress ever.And I take into consideration all the actresses from the past, present and future. I am pretty certain there won’t be another Sridevi.”
So what attracted Boney to Sridevi in the first place? “I was impressed from the start by the dignity with which she conducted herself. On the sets when she was shooting she would largely keep to herself. But she was never considered standoffish. There was always warmth towards her. What really endeared me to her was that she was down to earth. Success never went to her head. She was always grounded .She commanded respect spontaneously. When she entered a room people stood up for her reflexively.”
Boney stands staggered by her talent . “I remember when we were in the US she was hailed as India’s Meryl Streep. After her last two films English Vinglish and Mom , expectations from her were sky high. If only she had loved to conquer higher peaks.”