"She's a very cool Mom"
They bond over movies, shopping and spa days. It's no wonder then that Jahnvi and Khushi consider their famous mother, Sridevi, a friend as well as their idol. On her part, the English Vinglish star says, "At home, I'm like any other mum'.
By Divya Unny
Photographs: Dabboo Ratnani
It was 15 years ago, but the delicate memory of the moment when she first felt like a mother is still alive in Sridevi's mind. The actress sat in the balcony of her Mumbai suburban apartment in 1996, looking at the tiny, infant dresses hanging on a clothes-line. She had lived in that very home at Green Acres as a single woman and a movie superstar, then settled into marriage there with the man of her dreams, producer Boney Kapoor.
"But the most beautiful phase was when I came back from the hospital after (daughter0 Jahnvi was born," she remembers today, a smile lighting up her face. "I saw those soft, baby clothes hanging onto colourful clips. I couldn't believe that here was a small kid in my house and I had given birth to her. It was overwhelming."
Three-and-a-half years later, Jahnvi's sister Khushi arrived and it took time for Sridevi to precess that she'd had another daughter.