The future of Sridevi’s film legacy

It has been a month since legendary actress Sridevi’s sudden passing and her fans and family are slowly coming to grips with reality. In the true spirit of the adage, ‘the show must go on’. Jahnvi, the actress’ elder daughter has resumed shooting for her debut film Dhadak. The film’s producer and mentor Karan Johar was willing to give the young actress all the time she needed to grieve, but Jahnvi wanted to honor her mother’s legacy by returning to the arc lights. Sridevi’s shocking death had put a question mark over the status of her upcoming film Shiddat, also produced by Dharma Productions. The film was very close to Sridevi’s heart and she was very excited about this period drama to be directed by Abhishek Varman. The project has got a new lease of life with superstar and Sridevi’s contemporary Madhuri Dixit stepping into her shoes. Set in the 1940s, Shiddat will star Sanjay Dutt as Madhuri Dixit’s husband and, Varun Dhawan and Aditya Roy Kapoor as their sons. Alia Bhatt has reportedly been roped in to play Varun and Aditya’s love interest in the film. Set against the backdrop of India and Pakistan’s partition, the film promises to be a sweeping drama.

Even as the best of Bollywood actors are coming together to pay tribute to Sridevi in Shiddat, there are some trying to cash in on her death. Actress Swapna Khanna and her husband and producer Raman Khanna who are currently touring the United Kingdom have dedicated their Bollywood shows to the late superstar. Incidentally, the couple had earlier paid homage to musical maestro Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the show’s promotions and posters. But they seemed to have had a sudden change of heart after Sridevi’s demise and took out fresh posters with the actress’ pictures. This attempt to gather extra footfalls in the name of the late actress has not gone down well with her family and friends, and rightly so.