Following Sridevi's death in Dubai on February 24, her husband Boney Kapoor opened a few days ago about the fateful night of the tragedy.
Now, Sridevi's uncle Venugopal Reddy has spoken about the actress' life and revealed never-heard-before details about her relationship with her sister Srilatha, stepson Arjun Kapoor, husband Boney Kapoor, her cosmetic surgeries and her financial instability.
Talking about Sridevi's financial condition, Venugopal Reddy said the actress lived in pain and passed away with a lot of grief in her heart.
"What we knew was Boney Kapoor lost a lot of money in few films and they sold Sridevi's properties to make up for the losses. And Sridevi always had that pain in her heart. Sridevi lived in pain and passed away with a lot of pain in her heart. She was not at peace. She wore a smile on her face for the world but she went through a lot inside her," Reddy said in a recent interview.
"Boney produced a film which never saw the light of the day, and they were financially going through a tough phase. Sridevi sold her properties and cleared those debts to get life back on track. And that was the main reason why Sridevi got back to acting in films," he added.
Sridevi's death gave rise to speculations that she died because she had went under the knife. Shedding some light on the matter, Reddy confirmed that the actress had indeed undergone a couple of procedures, but they were a long time ago.
"Yes. she did get a couple of surgeries done on her nose. She traveled to the US and got the surgeries done on her nose since she wanted it to look good. We got to know this when we casually asked about her well-being while speaking to her mother over the phone," Reddy said.
Sridevi and sister Srilatha had a property dispute and were involved in a legal battle almost two decades ago. The siblings were not on speaking terms back then.
Talking about their differences, Reddy said: "When her mother was operated on in the US, the doctors performed the surgery on the wrong side of her brain because of which she was totally bedridden. She was alive but not in her senses. She had become just an object.
"After the family got to know about the surgery, they filed a case against the hospital and Boney Kapoor was along with Sridevi during this process. And court penalised the hospital, and sisters, Sridevi and Srilatha had a few differences in the allocation of that amount which was later cleared by the family members. And besides a share in this compensation, Sridevi used to send a lot of money to her sister Srilatha and they were fine."
Reddy also spoke about how Sridevi's mother was against her marriage to Boney Kapoor and that she didn't treat him properly on several occasions.
"Actually, Sridevi's mother did not like her getting married to Boney Kapoor. Her mother didn't treat him properly on a couple of occasions when he had come home. But Boney Kapoor and Sridevi wanted to get married. Sridevi's mother did discuss that with all of us. But eventually they did get married," Reddy said.
Talking about her early days' struggle, Reddy said: "Sridevi is from a middle-class family and her mother faced a lot of struggles to get her into movies. Her mother took a lot of care of Sridevi's food, clothing and other things. And Sridevi too was obedient to her mom. Sridevi hasn't had any formal education. When she got into films and was living in Chennai, a teacher used to come home and teach her."
Sridevi faced quite a few challenges while breaking the ice with her stepson Arjun Kapoor, who was born to Boney Kapoor's first wife Mona Shourie Kapoor.
"Sridevi did mention to few of her relatives that she faced few challenges with Arjun Kapoor, but I'm not too sure about it. When few of our relatives paid a visit to Sridevi, during their conversation she did mention that she was worried about daughters Jhanvi and Khushi, about their future. Sridevi also mentioned that Boney wasn't well and that his health was a bit worrying," Reddy said.
Watch the interview here: