Janhvi Kapoor turned 21 in March this year. A week after her mother and veteran actress Sridevi's sudden demise, Janhvi penned her sentiments in a note posted on her official Instagram page. It read - "On my birthday, the only thing I ask of all of you is that you love your parents. Cherish them and devote yourself to making them feel that love. They have made you." (All photos courtesy: Janhvi Kapoor's Instagram account @janhvikapoor)
While the nation is still reeling under the shock of Sridevi's sudden demise, the past few months have been life-altering for debutant Janhvi Kapoor. As she turned cover girl for Vogue India's June issue, she knew that her mother is looking out for her, in spirit. Considering Karan Johar is launching her in Bollywood with Dhadak later this year, it was only fitting that the mentor also take on a new role for his protégé — that of an interviewer."
Hoping to follow in her mother's footsteps since childhood, Janhvi Kapoor revealed in the interview that her bedtime stories, too, would revolve around films — she happily swapped fairy tales for stories about Sridevi's "whacked-out experiences" in the industry. "In the '80s and '90s, actors would do multiple shifts working simultaneously on different films. So, mum was doing three movies with the same director, who was also the actor. They were in Ooty and he decided to shoot songs for all the three films together. He'd shoot a sequence, then cut and walk to the next location, and the entire cast and crew would follow him. At one point, he completed a shot, started walking and, next thing you know, he's behind a tree taking a piss — with the entire cast and crew behind him, watching. So he went to take a piss, and everyone assumed they were going to the next location! Mum was part of all three films. She would figure out which movie they were shooting for, by his wigs, which would change for each role," she laughs
Inevitably, Janhvi Kapoor comes to describing life post her mother's untimely demise in February. "The family has come together. It's made us feel safe and secure. Even for papa [Boney Kapoor], it's a source of comfort. It has definitely tied us together. We've lost mum, and I don't think that's a loss any of us will ever get over."
Sridevi had told mid-day that she wanted Janhvi to chart her own trajectory in the industry but as a mother, she "can't help but give her tips about everything - from how to dress to what she eats". In picture: Janhvi Kapoor with sister Khushi Kapoor and a friend
Talking about Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan, Sridevi told mid-day, "Competition can never be eliminated from this industry. There is nothing wrong with it. It keeps you on your toes, making you work harder. But, the biggest challenge lay in bettering your craft, and faring better than you did the last time."
Sridevi even shared how her intentions were misunderstood when her daughters Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor accompanied her to film events. "Earlier, I would take them to social gatherings and premieres that I attended. But they (people) thought I was promoting Janhvi," Sridevi had said once
Janhvi is like every one of us is super active on Instagram. She posted this beautiful picture of her flaunting her toned body in a thigh-high slit dress. Doesn't she look stunning?
Janhvi Kapoor had the cutest caption for this picture with her dad Boney Kapoor. She wrote, "Baby kuala w papa kuala (sic)."
Janhvi Kapoor shared this candid photo with sister Khushi Kapoor from a wedding. She captioned it, "I know we look kind of evil but god knows we are #ilu ft. wedding season double chins (sic)."
We absolutely love Janhvi Kapoor's outfit! She captioned this picture, "Wedding season got me like..."
Janhvi Kapoor with the bride at the wedding. She captioned the pic, "Prettiest bride"
Janhvi Kapoor looks gorgeous in this traditional avatar
Such a princess! Doesn't Janhvi Kapoor look adorable in this throwback photo? She captioned the pic, "Mood."
Janhvi Kapoor shared this photo with her father Boney Kapoor on his birthday. She captioned the pic, "Lurrvv u most #hbd (sic),"
Janhvi consults her parents for career-related matters, Sridevi had revealed once, "She is a wise girl, but she insists on our help for everything. Boneyji and I are aware of every detail of her career"
Sridevi, speaking about her daughters Janhvi and Khushi, had said, in an old interview, "We are like friends. We spend a lot of time together. Our routine is always centred around each other."
This one is a snapshot from a childhood video Janhvi Kapoor posted of herself dancing with a friend at an event
Janhvi Kapoor with sister Khushi Kapoor in a photo from their family vacation
The many moods of Janhvi Kapoor! Which expression is your favourite?
"Children have their own mind. When it comes to her work, I don't want to advise. She must cultivate her craft all by herself, make her own choices and chart her own path," Sridevi told mid-day in an old interview
Janhvi Kapoor shared this picture with her friend from a party
Janhvi Kapoor and her friend opt for shimmery outfits and look their fashionable best
Janhvi Kapoor shared this cute childhood picture on sister Khushi Kapoor's birthday
Janhvi Kapoor with friends Akshat Rajan (left) and Ansh
In an industry that is quick to pit actors against each other, parallels are already being drawn between Janhvi Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan's daughter, Sara, who is also set to make her debut this year
While speaking about Janhvi and her Bollywood debut, Sridevi had said, "I don't think it's a bad industry. I am a creation of this world. But, as a parent, it would give me greater joy to see her married. But her happiness matters more, and if she does well as an actress, I will be a proud mother." But as fate would have it, Sridevi won't be by Janhvi's side when "Dhadak" releases in July
"Walking with my girls made me feel like a proud mother. But to the world, it became a reason to misunderstand me," Sridevi said talking about Janhvi and Khushi accompanying her to events
While speaking about Janvi's debut, Sridevi told mid-day, "The excitement overrules the nervousness." In Picture: Janhvi with sister Khushi Kapoor
Janhvi Kapoor's friend lovingly kisses Janhvi Kapoor in this picture from a party
This still is from Janhvi Kapoor's graduation video
Janhvi Kapoor, one of the two daughters of late actress Sridevi and film producer Boney Kapoor is gearing up for the release of her maiden Bollywood outing Dhadak. On the day of the trailer launch of Janhvi's film, let's have a look at the pretty lady's lovely Instagram pictures