Actor Arjun Kapoor said that it is because of his half-sisters Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor that he was able to reconnect with his father Boney Kapoor. Arjun Kapoor is Boney Kapoor and his first wife, Mona Shourie’s son. Later, Boney Kapoor began his relationship with actress Sridevi.
In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar India, Arjun talked about his growing equation with Boney Kapoor. He said, “I’ve not lived with my father as much as I would have liked to. I keep getting told that I am like him, but I don’t see it. Through meeting Janhvi and Khushi, and breaking that barrier, I have now been able to build a more authentic relationship with him. We have all confronted many of our demons. It has to do with letting go, which is very cathartic…it is strangely therapeutic to just sit around and talk rubbish, and realize that you were holding onto things, unknowingly or knowingly, because you were supposed to. But I love my father more because of both of them. It is complex. I have been able to see my father in a different light. If I didn’t share this equation with Janhvi and Khushi, I would have resented many things and never felt the need to reconnect with him at this level.”
In an earlier interview with Film Companion, the actor opened up about his views on Boney’s relationship with Sridevi. He said that while he understands his father now, at that time he cannot say that his family was ‘okay’ with it. “You could have been in love with somebody, and you can fall in love with somebody after that, and that has to be understood. I don’t agree… I can’t say I’m okay with what my father did because as a child I felt the repercussions, but I understand it. I can’t say ‘theek hai, hota hai (It’s fine, these things happen)’, because I will always wonder. But when I rationalize it as an older person who’s dealing with his own relationship highs and lows, you understand.”