“My family and Boney Kapoor’s family have always been very close. Whenever there is a family function, Sridevi would come with her husband. She was always warm and affectionate. When I heard that she was no more, I thought it was a cruel prank. I’ve been a victim of hoax deaths often enough. But then someone told me it is true, Sridevi is no more. How could fate be so cruel? So young so beautiful and such a long way to go! Sridevi has lip-synced some of my best songs in recent years including the iconic ‘Mere Haathon Mein Nau Nau Churiya Hain’ in Chandni and ‘Morni Baghan Ma’ in Lamhe. Her expressions in these two dance numbers matched my voice. I felt happy watching her dance to my songs. ‘Maze Ki Baat Yeh Hai’, Sridevi told me she never learnt dancing. Not formally.
When she was a child she just followed the dance steps that were given to her. She learnt to dance on camera. And to be so good at it! Her combination with Yashji (Yash Chopra) was extra-special. I also love her expressions in my song ‘Tere Mere Hothon Pe’ in Chandni. She understood music and the emotions underline the lyrics. I remember I had not only sung a devotional song ‘Ek Tu Hi Bharosa Hai’ in Boney Kapoor’s film Pukar, I also appeared in the film to sing the number. I remember Sridevi was there during the shooting. She suggested I wear a more colourful saree. I told I’d like to be seen on screen wearing the white saree with a coloured border that I wore at my stage concerts. Sridevi readily agreed. ‘Aap Jaisa Chahen Bilkul Waisa Hi Kijiye’, she said. I will always remember her as a very beautiful human being. God seems to summon such people a little quickly.”
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