Sridevi with Janvi
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; June 26, 2017)

Sridevi is a level-headed person. Having ruled the film industry for several years, she understands its working and challenges, and now her daughter stands to benefit from the wealth of her incredible work experience.

At a time when she is playing mother to teenagers, hardly do we see her contemporaries, like Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, essay dads. They are still romancing young heroines on screen. SRK worked with Alia Bhatt in Dear Zindagi, Akshay is working with the 20-plus Bhoomi Pednekar in Toilet - Ek Prem Katha and Salman paired opposite the 29-year-old Anushka Sharma in Sultan. And all these actors have romanced Sridevi on screen in the past.

Sri finds nothing wrong with these older actors pairing with girls in their 20s and early 30s, “Good, na! They are looking good, people are accepting them, so it’s good for them. Aamir did play a father in Dangal. But I understand what you are saying. They have still remained superstars and it’s working for them. So why should I ask them to change?”

‘I did it, too’
Now with Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi making her big-ticket debut, all eyes are set on her. One can understand that Sri must be anxious and wanting her daughter to get the best and the ultimate in terms of offers, directors and co-stars. It’s natural for her to be offered films with the 50-plus brigade that’s still ruling the industry. Would that be a shock to her? Sridevi says, “Well, I worked with an actor Nageswar Rao, and then I worked with his son, too. It has already happened with me, so if the same happens with Jhanvi and the heroes, why not?”