Here’s Why Sridevi Did Not Want Janhvi Kapoor To Take Up Acting!


Actress Sridevi, who passed away in February, had clocked in around 50 years of acting experience, was always apprehensive of her elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor taking up the same profession. Janhvi, who recently featured on the cover of a fashion magazine, was interviewed by filmmaker and producer Karan Johar.

When asked, Janhvi revealed:

“She never wanted me to be an actress. She was more relaxed about Khushi getting into films. She thought I was naïve, that I wasn’t thick-skinned enough. She wanted us to live a more relaxed life. She loved what she did but you know it was intense.”

Karan Johar, who personally and professionally knew Sridevi, also asked what the late actress said when Janhvi was heading to acting school.

Phool ko kichad mein chhod kar chali ja rahi hu main!” (“I’m leaving my little flower in the muck”). In the wild, wild west. I think it’s cool to be naïve. It takes a certain amount of courage to not be pessimistic. I’d like to believe there is good in everyone,” she added.

She also spoke about the stories that her mother would tell her at night. Sridevi would often narrate ‘whacked out’ stories of her experience in the industry to her daughters.

“She was doing three movies with the same director, who was also the actor. They were in Ooty and he decided to shoot songs for all three films together. He’d do a scene, then cut and walk to the next location and the entire cast and crew would follow. At one point, he does a shot, starts walking and, suddenly, he’s behind a tree taking a piss, and the entire cast and crew is there, watching. He was just walking, and everyone assumed they were going to the next location! Mum was in all the films, and she’d figure out which film they were shooting for by his wigs, which would change for each role,” she narrated.

Janhvi also narrated her last interaction with her mother, right before she headed to UAE for the wedding.

“The day before she left for the wedding (of Janhvi’s cousin Mohit Marwah in UAE), I had to shoot, but I couldn’t sleep, so I was like, “I need you to come and put me to sleep.” But she was packing, so by the time she came to me I was half asleep. But I could feel her patting my head,” she said.

Superstar Sridevi, who died on February 24 around 11 PM UAE time at a hotel room in Dubai, has been the centre of various speculations for a while now. Accompanied by her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi Kapoor, Sridevi was in Dubai for a family wedding when she died. It is said that she went into the hotel bathroom, and when she did not come back on time, a worried Boney Kapoor entered the bathroom with the hotel staff, where he found his wife unconscious. Sridevi was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her death has been ruled as a case of accidental drowning.

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