Thursday, 5 May 2011

Sridevi: Matrubhoomi

From Filmfare, September 2005

Boney Kapoor says his wife Sridevi presented the film MATRUBHOOMI, because, "She believed in the film and wanted to be associated with it. I didn't make this film for monetary gain."

The Kapoors are currently in the process of revamping their production house. Initially Boney and Sridevi had two different production houses but they've now
merged them into one banner - BSK Network & Entertainment. Sridevi is taking an active part in the day-to-day production work, he lets on. But why doesn't she do what she's so good at - acting in films?

"She's never said no to working in film," snaps Boney. "Actually she had ageed to a film being made by Yash Chopra but it didn't take off. There are regular offers but she can't say yes to every film that's offered to her. The role should be substantial enough to match her stature."

So what's it like being married to one of cinema's biggest superstars?

Boney laughs, "She's a wonderful wife. My friends are amazed that anyone who has been a huge star can be so down-to-earth."

"You know," he volunteers, "Sri walked all the way to the Siddhivinayak temple, which is around 10 km from our home, to pray for us. She is a caring mother, a devoted wife, a supportive daughter-in-law and an excellent human being. And I'm not saying this to flatter her."

She's also far more open and friendly than she ever was in her heyday, I remark. "That's because her mother was over-protective. At that point, Sri was always on edge and her real personality was suppressed."

Does she cook for you? I ask him. "Of course. She makes the world's best rasam and Pepper chicken," he says fondly.

Sridevi at Matrubhoomi launch.

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