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No sound bytes from Sridevi at Boney's felicitation

Sunday, January 29, 2006 • Tamil Comments
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A gorgeous looking Sridevi was a silent spouse at a function here that felicitated her husband Boney Kapoor on being elected as president of the Film Federation of India (FFI).

Looking stunning in a cream and golden outfit, Sridevi did not speak at the function organized Saturday by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), disappointing fans and organizers.

When Sridevi, a permanent member of PHDCCI's entertainment committee, was asked to say a few words, Kapoor intervened and said: "She prefers doing this bit on screen. Only the arc lights can have her spouting dialogues."

And when one of the members commented on her weight loss, he was quick to quip: "She has lost some for herself and some for me."

Invitees at the function were current and former PHDCCI members, including entertainment committee co-chairman Jaspal Singh Sawhney, vice president Sanjay Bhatia and president Sushma Berlia. Media presence at the function was low.

Entertainment committee chairperson Sandeep Marwah, who is also Boney's brother-in-law, introduced the two as leading lights of the film world and briefed the members about their achievements. The couple was presented mementos.

Marwah said: "Boney Kapoor has plans for 10 films in the next three years and his latest film 'No Entry' has been declared the biggest comedy of the decade and one of the top grossers.

"There are few actresses who can compete with Sridevi. The silver screen idol who has acted in 350 films was popularly known as the 'Lady Amitabh Bachchan'," he said, paying glowing tributes to the actress.

Kapoor hailed the PHDCCI's contribution to the entertainment industry and said: "Sandeep has pointed out that the entertainment industry is the ninth biggest in size.

"Whether the number is eight, nine or 10, I know for sure that this is one industry that brings the maximum smiles to the faces of people. I want to ensure that the industry is free of problems like piracy and taxation."

When asked why Indian films had failed to bag an Oscar, he said: "We have reached the stage where films are reaching the nomination list and let me assure you that very soon we are going to win an Oscar."

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