Sridevi’s best friend reveals critical details about actress’s death
Sreedevi’s co-star Satish Kaushik said that after the sudden death news of Sridevi broke, he called up her husband Boney Kapoor, who was ‘inconsolable.’ “When I heard of ma’am’s (Sridevi) death, I couldn’t believe it. Boney and I have been friends for 30 years.I called him up. He wept inconsolably. The more we spoke, the more he wept. He just couldn’t stop crying. I hung up,” Satish Kaushik said. He played the role of Calendar, a cook, in Mr India (1987), which starred Sridevi opposite brother-in-law Anil Kapoor.
Mr Kaushik also shared memories of the megastar and told , “I don’t know of anyone who could transform so much once she had make-up on. And I don’t mean just for the camera. She could dress up for a wedding and she’d look like a different person… And now to see her lying there still and unmoving in that casket… it was heartbreaking.” Satish Kaushik also added that he was ‘stunned by her screen presence after watching Himmatwala.
“Javed Akhtar saab recommended her very strongly. She was signed for the female lead of Joshilaay along with Anil Kapoor, Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri. Sridevi played a village belle, a circus owner’s daughter and her comic timing was impeccable even back then,” Satish Kaushik told IANS, who later worked with Sridevi in Mr India. He assisted Shekhar Kapur in Joshilaay, which was produced by Boney Kapoor.
Sridevi took a break of several years after 1997’s Judaai to raise her daughters Janhvi and Khushi and made a comeback with the blockbuster English Vinglish in 2012. “In her later years, she chose the real-life role of a mother to Janhvi and Khushi. That was her favourite role and the one that she played oblivious to the fact that there was no camera. I’ve seen what a good mother she was to the two girls. And now to see Janhvi and Khushi looking so lost without her,” Satish Kaushik added.
Sridevi drowned accidentally on Saturday in her hotel bathroom. She was there attending the wedding of nephew Mohit Marwah.