Don’t want Jhanvi in films at this age: Sridevi

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Mumbai: Starting her film career as a child artist when she was four, veteran actress Sridevi says she is not pushing her daughter Jhanvi in movies at this age.

“It is too early for her to come in films. At various events she comes with me as a daughter, as a friend, as I like to take her along. It does not mean all this (movie debut),” Sridevi told PTI in an interview.

Rumour mills were abuzz that Sridevi’s elder daughter Jhanvi (around 15 years old) would debut in a Karan Johar film and would also be seen in a Telugu flick, which will be a sequel to Sridevi and Chiranjeevi starrer ‘Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari’. It was later dubbed in Hindi as ‘Aadmi Aur Apsara’.

“It is not that I am trying to push her or she wants to be in limelight. It is unfortunate that people sometimes misunderstand,” the actress said. Sridevi started her career as a child actor at the age of four with the 1967 Tamil movie ‘Kandan Karunai’ and later acted in many Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. In 1975, she debuted in Hindi cinema with a child role in ‘Julie’.

“She (Jhanvi) is studying right now, she is doing well. I don’t want to distract her. I would be definitely the last person to want her to get in the industry at this age,” she said. Sridevi established herself as the top actress of the south Indian industry with films like ‘Meendum Kokila’, ‘Moondram Pirai’, ‘Kshana Kshanam’ and others and gave power packed performances in Hindi films including ‘Sadma’, ‘Nagina’, ‘Mr India’, ‘Chandni’, ‘ChaalBaaz’, ‘Lamhe’, ‘Khuda Gawah’ and ‘Judaai’.

“I am very happy that whatever name and fame I have got is due to this industry. I am grateful to the people of the industry and my fans for that. I started working at the age of four, that was a different thing. But now let her (Jhanvi) study properly, she is in class tenth,” Sridevi said.

The 49-year-old actress, who ruled the silver screen during the late 1980s and early 1990s, will be back on the big screen after a gap of nearly 15 years with ‘English Vinglish’. She will be seen playing the central role of a conservative Indian housewife ‘Shashi’, where she rediscovers her self-esteem by sneaking into English classes during a visit to New York for a family wedding.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be seen in a cameo appearance in ‘English Vinglish’. It is almost after a gap of 19 years that Sridevi and Big B have teamed up for this film. They last worked together in ‘Khuda Gawah’ in 1993.

“It was a great, wonderful experience. Sharing screen space with him is always an honour. When I came to know that he is doing a cameo I was looking forward to it,” she said.

Directed by filmmaker R Balki’s wife Gauri Shinde, the movie had a gala premiere in Toronto international film festival recently where it received a good response. Co-produced by R Balki, the film will release on October 5.

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