Sridevi passed away by accidental drowning at a hotel in Dubai on February 24. The family and the film fraternity was struggling to cope with the irreparable loss when the actress life and death got into a controversy. An interview by one Venugopal Reddy, who claims to be the last actress’ uncle reached out to a Telugu TV channel and she alleged that Sridevi didn’t lead a happy life while alive and died in grief.
In his conversation with iDream News Channel, Reddy said, “Sridevi sold her properties, including some in Chennai to clear the debts of Boney Kapoor which he incurred due to the losses he suffered in films. She was very upset about that. She had no peace of mind in her entire life. She only smiled to make her fans happy. But, she herself was never happy in her life.” However, the actress’ family has come out in the open about the claims and cleared the air.
Sanjay Ramaswami, husband of Sridevi’s sister Srilatha, issued a statement to the media on Sunday in which he rubbished the claims made by Reddy and even said that the man was not known to the family. Sanjay spoke post a prayer meet held for the Tamil film industry and actress’ family and friends in Chennai. He said, “I have been married to Srilatha (Sridevi’s sister) for 28 years and never once have we heard of this individual Venugopal Reddy. The family is in grief and chooses to not make any comments through this painful time. There is no truth to this man’s claims and the entire family is in support of Boney Kapoor and are with him through this challenging phase.”
Sanjay also touched upon the media speculations around Srilatha’s silence over the death. Reports suggested that she didn’t speak up since she was asked to stay away from media glare. There was also suggestion that post the actress’ demise, her Chennai bungalow and other property which was in the name of her parents will now go to Srilatha and her husband. To this, Sanjay said, “Some sections of the media questioned my wife’s silence and attributed all kinds of ridiculous allegations. I am sure that they have loved ones that they lost. Did they stand up on the wall and shout. We mourn in silence and do not seek any publicity and that should not be misconstrued. We are a very close knit family. Sridevi was an inspiration to all of us and all in the family loved her very much.”
We hope that the actress’ family gets the time they deserve to mourn the loss sans any controversies and speculations.