By Aashima Talwar Last Updated:
It isn’t a secret that Sridevi had an affair with the much-married Boney Kapoor and she also got pregnant before marriage. Back in those days, she was accused of being a ‘home breaker'. Sridevi's love marriage with Boney Kapoor had raised many eyebrows and had broken many hearts. The one, whose heart was broken beyond repairs was of Boney Kapoor's first wife, Mona Shourie Kapoor as she was betrayed beyond measures by someone, whom she had considered her friend, Sridevi.
For the unversed, it is reported that Sridevi became friends with Mona Kapoor, the first wife of Boney Kapoor and even used to stay at their house. It was said that Sridevi used to consider Boney as her brother as she had tied him rakhi when she was together with Mithun Chakraborty. It was then that the affair between Sridevi and Boney Kapoor had started and she was soon pregnant with Boney’s child. When Mona came to know about it, she was devastated!
The news of Sridevi’s pregnancy had spread like wildfire and she was accused of breaking a happy family. On June 2, 1996, Sridevi and Boney Kapoor had tied the knot in a simple temple wedding. This had made Sridevi and Mona Kapoor's relationship even sourer and the two had started their fight for Boney Kapoor. While Mona had shared that she was shattered with their affair, Sridevi had ensured that the producer cuts off all the ties with his first wife, Mona Kapoor and their kids, Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor.
While Mona Kapoor and Sridevi are not with us anymore as Mona had breathed her last on March 25, 2012, and Sridevi had left for the heavenly abode on February 24, 2018, the animosity they shared is still talked about. Sridevi and Boney had enjoyed marital bliss for more than two decades before she had left him devastated after her death. They also have two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. However, for Mona Kapoor, her wedding with Boney Kapoor had ended after she was separated from him because of Sridevi. Well, we got our hands on a few old interviews by Sridevi and Mona, which had made headlines back then and depicted their hatred for each other clearly.
Mona Kapoor was shattered when Boney Kapoor had tied the knot with Sridevi. In an interview with DNA, Mona had shared that she was 19 when she had married Boney and she had literally grown up with him. Mona had shared that she was shocked knowing that Boney Kapoor is in love with Sridevi and she is already pregnant. She had said:
"He (Boney) was 10 years older to me. I was 19 when I married him. So I literally grew up with him. Ours was a 13-year-old marriage. So it came as a shock when I realised that my husband was in love with somebody else... There was nothing left in the relationship to give it a chance because Sridevi was already with a child."
Sridevi was seen as the other woman and a home-breaker back then and according to a controversial story published in Stardust in 1997, the south beauty was very insecure about her marriage. One of the quotes from that story read:
"It rankles her no end that Mona is still Boney's legally wedded wife, while she herself continues to remain his mistress, a temple wedding notwithstanding."
In the controversial story published in Stardust in 1997, it was also stated that once Boney Kapoor had met his first wife, Mona and had taken his children, Arjun and Anshula out on a picnic. This had made Sridevi so angry that she had started abusing Boney. A neighbour had heard her yelling as she was shouting:
“You b-, you @!#*!#!. How can you do this to me? If you love your kids and wife so much then why don't you shift back into that house again? You cheat, you liar..."
The magazine had also added another neighbour's statement:
"She should understand that Boney is quite attached to his kids and that there is nothing wrong if he meets them or takes them out for a picnic. After all, he is their father".
While most of the people were in favour of Boney Kapoor meeting his first family, a few had also defended Sridevi for her outrageous behaviour. One of the neighbours had defended Sridevi and said:
"Boney should understand Sri's frame of mind. He should understand her insecurities and all that she is going through because of the illegitimate status of their marriage."
After what Sridevi did to Mona and her children, Mona’s mother, Sattee Shourie had a public fight with the actress. Sattee not only abused the diva verbally but also tried to physically abuse her! Mona’s outrage towards her husband’s second wife was quite visible in her interviews. After all the tamasha, Sridevi put a ban on Boney to meet his first family! He was asked to cut off all the ties from Mona, Arjun, and Anshula.
As Sridevi had banned Boney Kapoor from meeting his first family, Mona Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor, this had become the major reason that Arjun never shared a warm relationship with his step-mother. When Arjun Kapoor had visited Karan Johar's chat show, Koffee With Karan, he had talked about his equation with Sridevi and had shared that their relationship can never be normal. He had said:
"My relationship with Sridevi would never be normal. She is just my father's wife and nothing beyond that."
In an interview with Film Companion, Arjun Kapoor had revealed how he was not okay with his father’s marriage to Sridevi. He had stated:
“It's about compatibility, there is friendship, there is saturation. There is unfortunate frustration, people go through different phases in life. You could have been in love with somebody, and you can fall in love with somebody after that, and that has to be understood. I don't agree... I can't say I'm okay with what my father did, because as a child I felt the repercussions, but I understand it. I can't say 'theek hai, hota hai (It's fine, these things happen)', because I will always wonder. But when I rationalise it as an older person who's dealing with his own relationship highs and lows, you understand.”
As Sridevi had fallen in love with a married man, Boney Kapoor and was pregnant with his child even before marriage, some of her statements had depicted her entirely different virtue about life, love and relationships. From swearing to never marry a married man to questioning the trend of affairs and sex before the wedding, Sridevi had made some stark opposite statements to her love life. In an interview with Stardust, Sridevi had talked about love and had said, "I wouldn't know how important the emotion love is to the kids of today. Love for me is not just saying 'I love you' neither is it a physical attraction. Love does exist.”
She had further added that it is okay if a woman wishes to stay a virgin before her wedding, "And there are some people who do believe that virginity is the most prized possession a woman takes with her to her husband's house after she is married. What's wrong with that?”
Her actions were completely opposite to her words! In the same interview, she had added, "But yes, it seems to have become a trend to have a lot of affairs and indulge in sex before marriage. I would never be able to do it. I don't know how they manage."
Strange, isn’t it? You should only preach what you practice!
Sridevi and Boney had 21 years long married life before the actress had bid adieu. Sridevi, in one of her candid interviews, had given a sneak peek into her controversial love story. Talking about her love story, Sridevi had said, "Boney came to me in 1984 to sign me to play Seema, the lead female role for Mr India. He confessed later, that he fell in love with me outright! He, however, did take a few years to sort out his life before formally proposing to me in 1993."
She had further narrated how she had fallen in love with Boney Kapoor and had added:
"I fell in love with him when I got to know the real him. It was difficult, traumatic even and it took me many years to finally accept the fact that I was destined to be with Boney. In hindsight, I only wish that I had realised and accepted his love for me sooner. I always believe in following my heart and I am glad that I did. My parents had passed away by then and my sister was shocked with my decision. But now, she shares a great relationship with my husband and is convinced that he is the best thing that ever happened to me!"
Although she was Boney’s second wife, Sridevi had shared a very warm bond with the entire Kapoor khandaan. She had once revealed:
"I share a fantastic relationship with them. My mother in law adores me and I always try to pamper her because she loves to be spoilt by me. I can also never forget the support and strength I got from my sister in law Sunita (actor Anil Kapoor's wife) all through and the love I got from Boney's sister, Reena. The affectionate bond I share with Boney's youngest brother, Sanjay and his wife Maheep is also a lifeline!"
Although Arjun doesn’t hold any grudges against his father’s other family, he will never forgive Sridevi for doing what she did to his perfect family. His mother, Mona had died of cancer and both Arjun and Anshula were shattered. After Sridevi’s death on February 24, 2018, Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor had stayed by their father’s side and handled the situation quite maturely. They had stood along with their stepsisters, Janhvi and Khushi and had given them the much-needed strength, love and care during the hard times.
In a conversation with the DNA, Arjun Kapoor had talked about his relationship with his stepsisters, Janhvi and Khushi. He had said:
“It was at a nascent stage as we were still figuring out things. But we were comfortable with each other and that was a good starting point. Mujhe darr tha ki zyada baat karne se nazar lag jayegi. I wanted things to take their own course. Janhvi and Khushi are both sorted. Today, we are able to speak one-on-one. I know they will figure out life in their own time, in their own way. Anshula and I are there for them.”
He had also shared that they all have individual life and whenever someone is in need, they all are there for each other. He had said:
“The good part is that we have our independent lives, but whenever need be, we are there for each other. That’s how it should be. We don’t have to suddenly become a happy pretentious khandaan, which is why I took some time. Now, I’m talking about it as there’s a certain ease and I’ve been able to figure things out. Kabhi kabhi in all the bhaag-daud, you don’t realise how important it is to connect, sit down and have a meal with your loved ones. Somewhere, all of us have been able to get that perspective.”
Boney and Sridevi's love survived the test of time and lived happily together, till death parted them! Sridevi and Boney Kapoor will always remain one of the most loved power couples of Bollywood whose marriage and love gave goals to millions. A home-breaker or not, Sridevi was Boney’s life and wife both! Her untimely demise has left him broken and shattered as she was not only his wife but also his best friend and his everything.