Mumbai: Janhvi Kapoor, Sridevi’s elder daughter, just made her debut with Dhadak on Friday. A special screening of the film was hosted in Mumbai a day before release, of which Shabana Azmi and her husband Javed Akhtar were part of and Shabana Azmi was one of Sridevi’s close friends, who appeared rather overwhelmed to have witnessed Janhvi on screen.
“Sridevi, wish you were here to watch your daughter Janvhi’s debut,” read a part of an emotional note that arrived on Shabana Azmi’s Instagram on Friday.
Sharing a throwback photo of Sridevi, Azmi also added: “You would have been so proud… A star is born.” Janhvi Kapoor co-stars with Ishaan Khatter in the Shashank Khaitan-directed Dhadak, which is the Hindi remake of critically acclaimed Marathi blockbuster Sairat.
After Sridevi’s tragic end in February this year, Shabana and Javed Akhtar also attended Sridevi’s last rites and paid their respects hours before Sridevi was cremated with state honours in Mumbai.
Janhvi Kapoor, who continued shooting for Dhadak after Sridevi’s death in February, has dedicated her debut movie to the late actress. “Janhvi has written a heartfelt note to Sridevi which has been attached in the very beginning of the film, along with their picture. She wanted to dedicate her first film to her mother and it was only obvious for the makers to include this special tribute in the film.”
She supported me a lot but I think both of us were clear that she wanted this to be my own journey. I remember reading lines with her around. But she never said ‘Do it like this or that’. She would always say, ‘I want you to find this on your own, do it on your own’,” Janhvi said.
Meanwhile, on the day of Dhadak‘s release, Janhvi has also been welcomed in Bollywood by celebrities like Rishi Kapoor and Dia Mirza among others. Performances of the Dhadak duo have also been appreciated by Janhvi’s brother Arjun Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Neha Dhupia and others.