TW: This article contains mention of death.
Sridevi, the iconic actress, died in 2018, and her unexpected and tragic demise shocked the entire country. She is still regarded as the greatest female star in Indian cinema. She died on February 24, 2018, at the age of 54, in Dubai. Her husband-filmmaker Boney Kapoor, who had decided to remain silent about his wife and actress Sridevi's tragic death, has finally spoken up.
Boney Kapoor recently opened out about Sridevi's tragic death in an interview with The New Indian, revealing that Sridevi used to follow highly rigid diets that didn't include salt, which sometimes led her to pass out.
He said, “It was not a natural death; it was an accidental death. I had decided not to speak about it because I spoke about it for almost 24 or 48 hours together when I was being investigated and interrogated. In fact, the officers said we had to go through this because there was a lot of pressure from Indian media. And they discovered there was no foul play. I went through all the tests, including lie detector tests and all those things. And then, of course, the report which came, clearly stated it was accidental.”
Boney Kapoor continued, “She often used to starve; she wanted to look good. She wanted to make sure she was in good shape, so that on-screen, she looked good. From the time she was married to me, she had blackouts on a couple of occasions, and the doctor kept on saying she had a low BP issue.”
Boney Kapoor also shared a story about how actor Nagarjuna told him about a similar incident he had with Sridevi, and how the actress had even lost a tooth as a result of one of these fainting episodes during a shoot.
He said, “It was unfortunate. Later when she passed away. Nagarjuna had come home to offer his condolences, and he told me that during one of her movies, she was again on a crash diet, and that’s how she fell in the bathroom and broke her teeth.”
Boney Kapoor also stated that after their marriage, he was aware of her tendency of adhering to rigid diets, so he would ask his doctor to recommend that she add a bit of salt to her diet. He further stated that she would request dishes without salt even during banquets.
"Unfortunately, she didn't take this seriously, and I also thought maybe it couldn't be this serious until the incident happened," he concluded saying.