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’.
So the story goes, Sridevi became friends with Mona Kapoor (Boney’s first wife). She was staying at Mona and Boney’s house and used to consider Boney as her brother (when Mithun and Sridevi were together, Mithun made Sridevi tie a rakhi to Boney). It was then that the affair started and she was soon pregnant with Boney’s child. When Mona came to know about it, she was devastated!
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Soon, the news of Sridevi’s pregnancy spread like fire and she was accused of breaking a happy family. In 1996, Sridevi and Boney had a simple temple wedding. Boney left his first wife, Mona and kids, Arjun and Anshula..
We all woke up to the shocking and sad news of Sridevi's untimely demise on February 24, 2018. She was a diva who not only ruled her hubby Boney's heart but also millions of hearts of her fans across the globe. All said and done, Sridevi and Boney enjoyed marital bliss for more than two decades before she left him devastated after her death. They were one of the power couples of Bollywood who fought with their families and society, to be together forever. They also have two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. Well, we got our hands on a few old interviews by Sridevi and Mona, which made headlines back then.
The shattered Mona, in one of her interviews, 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."
It also stated that there was this one incident where Boney met his first wife Mona and took his children, Arjun and Anshula out on a picnic. This made Sridevi so angry that she started abusing Boney. A neighbour heard the yelling. Sridevi 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 neighbour also added:
"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".
However, another neighbour 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 her illegitimate status of their marriage."
After what Sridevi did to Mona and her children, Mona’s mother, Sattee Shourie had a public showdown 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. This is a major reason that Arjun never shared a warm relationship with his step-mother and half-sisters. In one of his interviews, Arjun said:
"My relationship with Sridevi would never be normal. She is just my father's wife and nothing beyond that."
Amid all this, what surprised us was an old interview of Sridevi, much before she met Boney. In that interview, Sridevi had said something very strange. She 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 further added:
"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! She once said:
"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!
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 died of cancer and both Arjun and Anshula were shattered.
Though Arjun never shared any sort of relationship with Boney's second family, to everyone's surprise, after Sridevi's sudden demise, Arjun and Anshula were by their father's side all throughout. They even gave much-needed strength, love and care to Janhvi and Khushi during the hard times. Also, Anshula stood up for her sisters when trollers tried to abuse Janhvi and Khushi!
Sridevi and Boney completed 21 years of their marriage on June 2, 2017. Sridevi, in one of her candid interviews, gave a sneak peek into her controversial love story. Talking about her love story, Sridevi 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 further 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 shared a very warm bond with the entire Kapoor khandaan. She 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!"
Each member of Kapoor family was shattered by the untimely demise of the actress and was in deep grief.
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.