The Boney Kapoor, Mona Kapoor and Sridevi Story
The popular producer of the Bollywood film industry, Boney Kapoor got married to Mona Shourie in an arranged marriage.Mona was ten years younger than him even though he was only twenty nine years old when he got married. They were blessed with a son, Arjun Kapoor, the popular face of Bollywood today. Their daughter was named Anshula. It was a thirteen year old marriage. Unfortunately as divorce debbie says – “some marriages are not meant to last”
Soon afterwards, he fell in love with someone else. Mona said that she had only heard or read about a second relationship. So, she was shocked that this was the thing that she was facing. The marriage was over immediately. Mona had lost the respect for her in his life. For Mona, respect was above love. Love follows respect. She realized that Boney needed someone else in his life. But, it was not herself. Everything was over in their relationship, to give it a second chance, when she became aware of the fact that Sridevi was already with a child of Boney Kapoor, her husband. This was a very big thing for her. For sometime, Mona went out in shock. She was supported by her children, Arjun and Anshula. Her husband was not in and around the situation, he enjoyed his own life.
During this situation, Boney Kapoor`s children, Arjun Kapoor and Anshula Kapoor, both were in school. The children had to face torment from their classmates. Initially, the situation became quite embarrassing, rather insulting for them to face. But, soon afterwards, they became strong and learnt to face the facts. The thread of pain held the mother and her children together.
For Mona, her family, including, her father, mother and sister was her greatest support. According to her family, wherever Mona would have been, in whatever condition might be, they would always be there as her strength. However, she stayed with Boney`s family for ten years, so that they would have their father`s presence. She also tried to get back her husband, to normalize the situation, but all in vain. She understood that she will not be getting back her husband anymore.
Boney Kapoor betrayed Mona for a heroine, Sridevi, who doesnot even need an introduction. This was even more humiliating for Mona. Mona faced this situation all alone. However, her children and family were her support. At this moment, Boney Kapoor`s family consisting of his mom and dad, his two younger brothers, Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor. Also, their wives were there to stand by Mona`s side.
Boney Kapoor signed Sridevi for Mr. India in 1984.She had played the lead role of Seema. He then developed a special feeling for her. Later he confessed that he had fallen in love with Sridevi. Though Boney took some time, but finally he confessed his love for Sridevi. Formally he proposed to Sridevi in 1993. Sridevi accepted his proposal when she actually came to know the real man in Boney Kapoor. Sridevi listened to her heart and decided to spend her entire life with Boney Kapoor. Sridevi`s parents had passed away before. So, it was her sister who convinced her for accepting Boney Kapoor.
It was love at first sight, confessed Boney. During the 1970s, Boney Kapoor used to watch the Tamil films of Sridevi. He enjoyed her films. He was much interested in Sridevi, rather than her films. He wanted to know more about Sridevi. So, once he went to Chennai where Sridevi lived, to meet her in person. But, she had gone for shooting in Singapore. Boney Kapoor returned to Mumbai, disheartened.
Then, Boney Kapoor watched another movie by Sridevi, Solva Sawan in 1979. He was desperate to meet her. He wanted to work with Sridevi. Several times he tried to meet her. But, all in vain. So, one day he reached in the sets to meet her. He talked to Sridevi and found that Sridevi was introvert as a person.She rarely talked to strangers. She was not sound in English or Hindi, so spoke in half broken English and Hindi. She had lost her father before, so her mother mostly took care of her professional matters.
Boney Kapoor signed her for the film Mr. India. She was offered the lead role opposite Boney`s younger brother Anil Kapoor. Sridevi`s mother asked for Rs.10 lakhs for this. But, Boney Kapoor offered her Rs. 11 lakhs in order to impress her. He wanted to come close to Sridevi. By doing this, Sridevi`s mother was impressed with Boney. Sridevi thought Boney Kapoor to be crazy because she had never come across such a producer who offered more than asked for.
She accepted the offer.Boney made her feel comfortable always. Boney Kapoor took care of everything. He personally took care of her. In those days, there were no vanity vans. But, Boney arranged a separate make-up room for her. Gradually, Boney started achieving success in making Sridevi feel comfortable with him.
Boney was so much in love with Sridevi, that once while she was filming for Chandni in Switzerland, Boney reached there to spend quality time with her. He always wanted to be close to her.
After coming back to India, Boney told his wife Mona Shourie, what he felt for Sridevi, that he was madly in love with Sridevi, that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Sridevi. Sridevi had lost her mother till then. He also added that he was there with Sridevi entirely, when she was in Switzerland, shooting for Chandni. That was the time when he came close to Sridevi. She had also lost her father during the shooting of Lamhe. Boney was always by her side to support her. He was there throughout. Even she was there for him always.
Finally, they married each other. Boney says that she is not only a talented actress, but a fabulous wife too. She never gets into controversies, rather she always remains in her own world. The couple is blessed with two daughters.