Sridevi's untimely demise at the age of just 54 took entire nation by the shock. The charming diva breathed her last on February 24, 2018, in Dubai post attending Mohit Marwah's wedding. According to the investigation conducted by Dubai's officials, “accidental drowning” was mentioned as the cause of her death. In a candid yet emotional conversation with a friend Komal Natha, Boney recalled what actually happened on the unpleasant night of Sridevi's demise.
Sridevi's Untimely Demise: Shattered Boney Kapoor Recalls What Actually Happened That Night...
“On 24th morning, I spoke to her,” recalled an emotional Boney, “when she told me, ‘Papa (that’s how she addressed Boney), I’m missing you.’ I also told her that I was missing her a lot. But I didn’t tell her that I would be joining her in Dubai in the evening. Janhvi had seconded my idea of going to Dubai because she was scared, her mom, not used to being alone, would misplace her passport or some important document if she was alone.”
Boney recounted that there had been only two occasions in the last 24 years when they had not travelled together abroad – when Sridevi had travelled alone on two brief foreign trips – one to New Jersey and the other to Vancouver – for two appearances. “Although I didn’t accompany her on those two trips, I made sure that my friend’s wife was with her on both the occasions,” explained the caring and protective husband as he tried to fight back tears. “The Dubai stay was the first time Sridevi was alone for two days – 22nd and 23rd – in a foreign land,” he sighed.
The filmmaker took a 3:30 p.m flight to Dubai and reached the Dubai hotel around 6.20 p.m (Dubai time). Mr. Nahta said, "Boney opened the door of Sridevi's room with his duplicate key. 'But she told me, she had a hunch that I would come to Dubai to fetch her,' Boney recalled. The couple hugged, kissed and chatted for almost half an hour." According to Mr. Nahta, Boney Kapoor suggested, the two go for a romantic dinner and requested Sridevi to postpone the shopping to the following day.
The actor, 54, then decided to go for a bath and get ready for the dinner. "I went to the living room while Sridevi went to the master bathroom to bathe and get ready," Nahta quoted Boney as telling him. Boney Kapoor watched TV for around 15-20 minutes but started getting restless "because he was aware that being a Saturday, there would be a rush in the restaurants. It was around 8 p.m. then."
"He made a shout out to Sridevi from the living room but when he did not get any response he knocked at the bathroom door and even called out to her".
"The unsuspecting husband, hearing the tap inside on, then called out 'Jaan, Jaan' still louder but got no reply, which was unusual. He panicked and opened the door which had not been bolted from inside, nervous but yet not at all prepared for what he was going to see. The tub was full of water and Sridevi was immersed completely, from head to toe, inside the tub. Devastated, he reached out to her but watching her motionless, he feared the worst," Mr. Nahta added.
"... The mystery will remain unsolved. But that was not of much relevance to her near and dear ones. What mattered the most was this: Sridevi, the vivacious, beautiful and talented heartthrob of millions, had become late Sridevi," he concluded.