As you read this, late Sridevi’s family is on the way from Dubai to Mumbai where the actress’ last rites will take place. As India waits to bid the final farewell to one of their most iconic actresses, I cannot stop imagining the plight of her daughters Janhvi and Khushi after their mother’s sudden death. My mind goes back to the conversation I had with Boney Kapoor, during the family’s happier times. Their elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor was all set to make her Bollywood debut and the posters of her first film Dhadak had just come out and getting rave reviews from cine buffs and critics.

Boney and Sridevi were leaving for Udaipur, Rajasthan a day later to be with their darling daughter as she gave her first shot for her maiden film. Their little girl was all set to enter a world that her mother once ruled. She was to be a part of an industry that her filmmaker father knew all the good, bad and ugly of. There was little for her to worry, but as parents, were Boney and Sridevi feeling the jitters? When I quizzed the producer daddy, he said, “Yes, there is nervousness but more than that a lot of excitement. But I am not tensed at all because Janhvi is being mentored by the world’s best actress,” he chuckled, referring to his now late wife Sridevi. ALSO READ: Sridevi’s Mortal Remains On The Way To Mumbai From Dubai; Condolence Meet, Last Rites To Take Place Tomorrow – Read Details

And how was the mommy dear handling it all? “She has brought up Janhvi to be a strong woman and dedicated towards her work. She knows she has nothing to worry about,” he had said. My heart aches to think of the fact that the young girl will now have to take her first flight alone and not have regular conversations but just her mother’s words of advice to guide her through her journey.