MUMBAI: Legendary Bollywood actress and the ‘first female superstar of India’ Sridevi continues to dominate the headlines in the days following her death. While her husband, producer Boney Kapoor and the rest of her family have issued public statements in her remembrance and asking the public to respect their privacy, Sridevi’s elder daughter Janhvi has spoken up for the first time since her mother’s death.
In an unfortunate twist of events, Janhvi was not with her mother in her last days as she was busy with her upcoming film Dhadak and hence was not even present at the family wedding for which Sridevi had been in Dubai. However, the upcoming actor has now shared her thoughts in an Instagram post in which she shared “happy moments” of Sridevi with her family.
The post coincides with Janhvi’s birthday and is captioned, “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 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 whose 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.”
She signed off her by thanking everyone for the love and support that they have shown in the past couple of days.
The photos include pictures of the family including couple shots of Sridevi with her husband as well as a note in which Janhvi detailed on how blessed she feels to have had a mother like Sridevi, who was “not meant for this world. You were too good, too pure and too full of love. That’s why he took you back.”
Janhvi recalls her mother as her best friend and the reason behind why she was “perpetually happy.” She concluded by saying that she always hopes to make her mother proud.
Meanwhile, an urn carrying the ashes of Bollywood superstar Sridevi was brought to Chennai on Friday by her husband Boney Kapoor for immersion in the sea off Rameswaram.
The ashes, brought by Boney in a special aircraft, will be taken to the holy island town of Rameswaram on March 3 and immersed in the sea there, airport sources said.
The body of the actor, who was born in a village in Tamil Nadu and started her career in Tamil films, was cremated on February 28.
Sridevi, 54, died on February 24 in a Dubai hotel.
The body of Bollywood icon was flown back to Mumbai on February 27 after Dubai authorities had determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.
Her death sent shock waves across India with those who knew her at a loss to explain how the star could die so suddenly.