Superstar Sridevi passed away few weeks ago due to accidental drowning in her the bathtub of her hotel room in Dubai and the news shocked the whole nation. The nation mourned the sudden demise of a superstar who ruled the Indian cinema for more than three decades across various languages. While there were a lot of speculations around the cause of her death, Sridevi’s uncle Venugopal Reddy, in an interview revealed a lot of things about the actor which not many are aware of. Venugopal said that Sridevi was worried about her daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi, in terms of their future since their financial situation wasn’t stable.
Speaking about Sridevi’s early days, Venugopal said, “Sridevi is from a middle-class family and her mother faced a lot of struggles to get her into movies. Her mother took a lot of care about Sridevi’s food, clothing and other things. And Sridevi too was obedient to her mom. Sridevi hasn’t had any formal education. When she got into films and was living in Chennai, a teacher used to come home and teach her.”
Speaking about Sridevi going under the knife, Venugopal said that she indeed got couple of surgeries done but that was a long while ago. “Yes. she did get couple of surgeries done on her nose. She travelled to the US and got the surgeries done on her nose since she wanted it to look good. We got to know this when we casually ask about her well-being while speaking to her mother over the phone.”
Speaking about the differences between Sridevi and her sister Srilatha, he said, “When her mother was operated in the US, the doctors performed the surgery on the wrong side of her brain because of which she was totally bed ridden. She was alive but not in her senses. She had become just an object. After the family got to know about the surgery, they filed a case against the hospital and Boney Kapoor was along with Sridevi during this process. And court penalised the hospital, and sisters, Sridevi and Srilatha, had few differences in the allocation of that amount which was later cleared by the family members. And besides a share in this compensation, Sridevi used to send a lot of money to her sister Srilatha and they were fine.”
Speaking Sridevi getting married to Boney Kapoor, the uncle reveals that her mother did not like she getting married to the producer. “Actually, Sridevi’s mother did not like her getting married to Boney Kapoor. Her mother didn’t treat him properly on couple of occasions when he had come home. But Boney Kapoor and Sridevi wanted to get married. Sridevi’s mother did discuss that with all of us. But eventually they did get married.”
Venugopa also shed some light on the financial situation of Sridevi’s family and said they were under a lot of pressure. “What we knew was Boney Kapoor lost a lot of money in few films and they sold Sridevi’s properties to make up for the losses. And Sridevi always had that pain in her heart. Sridevi lived in pain and passed away with a lot of pain in her heart. She was not at peace. She wore a smile on her face for the world but she went through a lot inside her. Boney produced a film which never saw the light of the day, and they were financially going through a tough phase. Sridevi sold her properties and cleared those debts to get life back on track. And that was the main reason why Sridevi got back to acting in films,” he added.
He opened up about the relationship between Sridevi and Arjun Kapoor. “Sridevi did mention to few of her relatives that she did face few challenges with Arjun Kapoor, but I’m not too sure about it. When few of our relatives paid a visit to Sridevi, during their converation she did mention that she was worried about daughters Jhanvi and Khushi, about their future. Sridevi also mentioned that Boney wasn’t well and his health was a bit worrying,” he added.