In the last couple of days, there has been a media frenzy surrounding Sridevi’s tragic death in Dubai. While some celebrities have appeared on TV and are giving bytes and sharing memories, not everyone is interested in jumping on to the Sridevi bandwagon for their two minutes of fame. Sridevi’s English Vinglish director Gauri Shinde is so shocked by the suddenness of the death that she is unable to accept the truth. She is literally speechless. Sridevi’s sister Srilatha has not spoken up either. Sources say SriLatha is in a state of shock. Also, the entire family has collectively taken a decision to not make any statements or comments about Sridevi’s death until her mortal remains are flown back from Dubai to Mumbai.
Meanwhile preparations for Sridevi’s last rites have been shifted from Monday (February 26) to Tuesday (February 27) afternoon. “A massive prayer meeting will follow. That too is being planned by the family. However Boney has his own plans to carry forward the Sridevi legacy. Right now he’s too distraught to give these plans a clarity of vision. But he has told close friends that he won’t allow her to die in the public mind, come what may,” says a close family friend. Boney Kapoor recently told me, “You keep saying I am lucky to be married to the Goddess. But isn’t she lucky to be married to me? We look out for one another at the best and worst of times. I make sure she is comfortable in whatever she is doing.”
In November last year when Boney turned 63, Sridevi had arranged a special birthday get-together in Chennai for the close friends of the couple. The guest list included politician Amar Singh, Punit Goenka and his wife Shreeyasi Goenka, Sanjay Reddy and his wife Pinky Reddy, A R Rahman and his wife Saira, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, Kamal Hassan (solo), Manish Malhotra (solo), Gauri Shinde and R. Balki,Mom director Ravi Udyawar and wife Kalpana, writer Rumi and his wife Hanan Jaffery, Rajat Rawail and his wife Bhavna , Priyaranjan, Akash Chawla and Vibha Chopra. And Sridevi's sister Srilatha and her husband Sanjay Ramaswami.
“It was the best birthday of my life. My wife looked into every small detail to ensure everything went smoothly,” said Boney happily. How was he to know this was would be his last birthday with his wife?