The year 2013 belonged to Sridevi — with her comeback flick English-Vinglish and then the Padma Shri honour. A birthday bash hosted by politician Amar Singh for the star saw the presence of the who’s who of Bollywood. But a significant name that was missing from the event was Jayaprada, Sridevi’s contemporary and alleged rival from the 70s.
In an earlier interview with this correspondent, Jayaprada had confirmed the animosity. “Sridevi was jealous of me and considered me her rival. We would sit at two different corners in the same shoot. In a film with Jeetendra, (Tohfa, 1984) in which Sridevi was to be shown as dying on my lap, her mother had told the director, ‘My daughter will not die in Jayaprada’s lap. You please change the scene.’ But now, at this juncture of my life, I only wish Sridevi success and a good life with her family,” Jayaprada had said.
On why she missed Sridevi’s birthday party her business manager said, “Jayaji is busy shooting for a Telugu remake in Hyderabad. The film is being directed by A. Raj Shekhar.”