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Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor turns 21: Sonam Kapoor’s note to ‘strongest girl who became a woman today’

Janhvi Kapoor turned 21 on Tuesday, one week after the sudden death of her mother, the screen icon Sridevi. Sonam Kapoor, her cousin, posted a message on Instagram wishing her strength.

bollywood Updated: Mar 06, 2018 09:39 IST
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Janhvi Kapoor,Sonam Kapoor,Sridevi
Sridevi with daughter Janhvi Kapoor during the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 in Mumbai on Feb 4, 2018. Janhvi turned 21 today.(IANS)

Sonam Kapoor on Tuesday wished a happy birthday to her cousin, actor Janhvi Kapoor, who turned 21 on March 6. Janhvi lost her mother, the iconic Sridevi, when the star died suddenly late February in Dubai, where she had gone to attend a family wedding. “To one of the strongest girls I know, who became a woman today. Happy birthday jannu,” Sonam wrote on Instagram, together with a picture of the young actor, who will make her film debut in 2018 in Dhadak.

Sonam grieved with the extended Kapoor family in the days that followed Sridevi’s death. She posted a message on the family’s behalf on March 1, in which she requested for privacy as they grieved. In the statement, the family noted that the priority would be the well being of Sridevi’s two young daughters. This was echoed in a separate statement by Boney Kapoor, Sridevi’s husband and the father of Janhvi and her sister, Khushi.

Janhvi herself posted a message on social media on Saturday. You can read it here:

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. And I ask that you remember my mother fondly, pray for her soul to rest in peace. Let the love and adulation you’ll showered on her continue and please know that the biggest part of my mother was the love she shared with papa. And their love is immortal because there was nothing like it in the whole world. Nothing as joyful and pure and no two people as devoted to one another as they were. Please respect that because it hurts to think anyone would ever try to tarnish it. Preserving the sanctity of what they had would mean the world not only to my mother but also to a man who’s entire being revolved around her, and her two children who are all that remains of their love. Me and Khushi have lost our mother but papa has lost his “Jaan”. She was so much more than just an actor or a mother or a wife. She was the ultimate and the best in all these roles. It mattered a great deal to her to give love and to get love. For people to be good and gracious and kind. She didn’t understand frustration or malice or jealousy. So let’s be that. Let’s be full of only good and give only love. That would make her happy, to know that even in death, she gave you all something. The courage and inspiration to fill yourselves with nothing but love and rid yourselves of bitterness in any way and form. That’s what she stood for. Dignity, strength and innocence.

Thank you for the love and support everyone has shown us in the past couple of days. It’s given us hope and strength and we can’t thank you all enough.

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. And I ask that you remember my mother fondly, pray for her soul to rest in peace. Let the love and adulation you’ll showered on her continue and please know that the biggest part of my mother was the love she shared with papa. And their love is immortal because there was nothing like it in the whole world. Nothing as joyful and pure and no two people as devoted to one another as they were. Please respect that because it hurts to think anyone would ever try to tarnish it. Preserving the sanctity of what they had would mean the world not only to my mother but also to a man who’s entire being revolved around her, and her two children who are all that remains of their love. Me and Khushi have lost our mother but papa has lost his "Jaan". She was so much more than just an actor or a mother or a wife. She was the ultimate and the best in all these roles. It mattered a great deal to her to give love and to get love. For people to be good and gracious and kind. She didn’t understand frustration or malice or jealousy. So let’s be that. Let’s be full of only good and give only love. That would make her happy, to know that even in death, she gave you all something. The courage and inspiration to fill yourselves with nothing but love and rid yourselves of bitterness in any way and form. That’s what she stood for. Dignity, strength and innocence. Thank you for the love and support everyone has shown us in the past couple of days. It’s given us hope and strength and we can’t thank you all enough.

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Sridevi was cremated with full state honours last week and her remains were immersed in Rameshwaram over the weekend. Janhvi’s debut film, which will also star Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother, Ishaan Khattar, has been scheduled for a July 20 release.

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First Published: Mar 06, 2018 09:28 IST