On August 13, Bollywood resident diva Sridevi turned a year older. On the big day while her home was flooded with flowers and greetings Sridevi was still jetlagged after a longish visit to the US with her ever-protective husband Boney Kapoor who now filters all the Birthday greetings and makes sure the love of his life is not disturbed.
When asked what makes Sridevi so extra-special Boney ponders, “I’ve never asked why she is special. I just know she is. I’ve known it from the time I met her. We’ve been married for 21 years. I’ve only seen 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 is nothing that she can’t do. As an actor her range is 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 and continues to be. So commands respect spontaneously. When she enters a room people stand up for her reflexively.”
Boney’s birthday wishes for his wife? “I wish she would continue to get roles that would do justice to her talent. When we were in the US recently she was hailed as India’s Meryl Streep. After her last two films English Vinglish and Mom, expectations from her are sky high. I wish she would find another role that challenges her as an actor.”