Says a source close to the family, "What's worse if that both the designer and Sri kept it a secret. Only two days before her show, Maheep learned that Sri was walking for another jewellery designer. She was stumped. Even if you don't get along with a family member, you put on a polite front for the world. Sri's act of endorsing a rival jewellery designer, was like making a public statement that even Maheep's family members don't think much of her designs, and would rather wear another designer's baubles."
Maheep is obviously feeling let down. Her Facebook status message yesterday read: "I am is fascinated at what lengths people will go to, to spite you, and to put you down." A friend of Maheep's says, "She has no malice for Boney or his wife. In fact, she had a special preview of Wanted for her closest friends and told everyone she knew that it was a great film and they should watch it. That's what being part of the same family means." When contacted, Maheep doesn't deny that she's upset but adds curtly, "I don't want to comment on it. It's Sridevi's prerogative whom she wants to walk for. Why don't you ask Boney and Sridevi if there's a problem?"
Boney Kapoor tried to paint a happy family portrait, "Sri and I share a cordial relationship with Maheep and Sanjay. There are no family issues and even if there were, Sri's not a petty person to use those issues to do something like that to hurt her deliberately."
When told that Maheep is hurt, he adds, "We didn't mean to hurt Maheep. Sridevi came to know just a day before the show that Maheep was also showcasing her jewellery and by then, it was too late for her to pull out. In fact, Sri called me up in Indore and asked me what to do. I told her if she had committed from before, then she shouldn't back out at the last moment. It would be unprofessional. Maheep shouldn't be upset because Sri was the first person to endorse Maheep's jewellery when she launched it and also came to the launch of her boutique."
The youngest daughter-in-law (Maheep) knows that she has the support of Anil and Sunita on this, but her in-laws have made it very clear they don't want to get involved. Probably because Boney is supporting them, or maybe because they don't think it's their place to do so.
The ongoing HDIL Couture Week has brought the Kapoor family jhagda out in the open. It is a well-kept secret that Boney's and Sanjay's wives are not on talking terms. Sridevi and Maheep had a misunderstanding, and stopped speaking to each other sometime last year. They even avoid being together at the same time at family functions. The cold vibes between the sisters-in-law was known only to people close to the Kapoor bahus but by her single act of walking the ramp for Queenie Dhody on the same day (October 12) as Maheep's show, Sridevi has outed their conflict.