Dear Experts, please stop telling us what killed Sridevi

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Minutes after the shocking news of Sridevi’s untimely demise, the speculation theories started to do the rounds. The post of a certain Piyali Ganguli, who is supposedly close to some Bollywood celebs, went viral. She claimed that she had met Sridevi five years ago and found her very beautiful but very unhappy. Her post claims that Sri had plastic surgeries in a constant endeavor to look young. She added that Sridevi was always under immense pressure to keep her weight down, have a wrinkle-free face, and do everything possible to hide her age. The post ends with, “What I conclude is such a lack of love for oneself that one's own lips don't suffice, one's own face is not good enough, one's flesh and blood have to be sucked out of her so that she can wear the best of couture. That is the sadness of a life that could have been lived so much better not just for her but for her daughters. What a terrible legacy.”

While this post has been shared endlessly, it has also drawn its share of criticism by users who point out that it is both speculative and harmful.

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Equally damaging is the piece in the Times of India, wherein the author wonders, “Why did the lovely Sridevi die just before her daughter Janhvi’s debut movie release, just like her bete noire, Boney’s first wife Mona, died a few weeks before her son Arjun Kapoor’s debut release?”

It also speculates, “Was Mona Kapoor’s regret over her broken home so vast that it hung around and took Sridevi in its wake? Was her hurt at being upstaged by Sridevi in her husband’s life so deep that it ensured Sridevi too didn’t stay around long enough?”

Endless Whatsapp messages are doing the rounds claiming that Sridevi took a lot of Hydroxyl drugs trying to keep her weight down. One message goes so far as to say that she is ‘lucky’ she died of a heart attack, as most people get a severe stroke and live like a vegetable.

It is also being claimed Sri died because of the high protein, low carb Keto diet she was following, adding that followers of the diet need to keep a watch on their B12 and D3 levels.

All this concern is a tad bewildering considering the reasons for Sridevi’s death have not yet been revealed. Jumping to conclusions is disrespectful to the reputation of the one who has passed away, and family and friends. Further, even if the late actress did resort to cosmetic surgery, do we deny her personal choice? What’s more, treatments are carried out by surgeons who are certified and drugs are FDA approved – or so the medical beauty industry tells us.

Worse, to write Sri off as a deeply unhappy woman, or to suggest that the late Mona Kapoor’s regret led to Sridevi’s untimely end, is a disservice to the memory of both women.
All the overly ‘concerned’ people, let’s give it a break, shall we?

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