"Let me tell you, I feel like a newcomer," Sridevi asserts, breaking into a giggle almost reminiscent of her ahead-of-times 1991 film Lamhe, even as she prepares to let her elder daughter loose in the Bollywood world. She says nothing comes easy in life, and she is sure her Janhvi is ready to face the challenges.
Janhvi, who is frequently followed by the paparazzi in Mumbai, will reportedly foray into films with a remake of Marathi hit Sairat.
Steering clear of divulging details about Janhvi's debut, Sridevi told IANS over phone from Mumbai: "She has chosen this path and profession, and I have been in this industry for long. So I am mentally more prepared than her. She has been watching me, and knows what she is getting into."
"Nothing is going to be a cakewalk in any profession. So you have to work hard, and there will be challenges. I'm sure she is ready for it."
The charismatic actress made a powerful comeback of sorts with Mom earlier this year - five years after her delightful plain Jane avatar in English Vinglish.
Sridevi spoke about her worries as a mom - "I'm of course worried when Janhvi and Khushi go out, but luckily, they know their limits and they are very responsible children. When you have responsible children, half the battle is over. So, you don't have to worry. But you are concerned. The concern will never go, and you'll always be conscious about them," said the 54-year-old.
Sridevi has been a big screen delight since her Bollywood debut with the 1978 movie Solva Sawan. But acting is something she started when she was all of four. In Hindi cinema, Himmatwala, Mr. India, Chandni, Sadma, Nagina, ChaalBaaz, Lamhe and Khuda Gawah are some of the films which established her footing as a performer who took woman power seriously.
The trait has continued with English Vinglish and Mom -- in both of which she played the strong role of a mother effectively.
While most women actors in India complain about lack of roles for older actresses, Sridevi retorted: "Let me tell you, I feel that my career has just started, haan (giggles). I feel like a newcomer, and I feel that my career is going to start now. It's not finished, it's going to start now."
She is also unlike many others -- even much younger actors -- who are putting their life story into books.
"Arre, maine kuch achieve nai kiya (I haven't achieved anything), where I write about my story or my book. There's a long way to go. There's nothing, nothing like this," she said, sounding almost ignorant, but humble, of the fan followers of her emotive power and fluid dancing skills.
At this point, she is just enthused to deliver more.
Over the years, Sridevi has not just embraced the changes in Indian cinema but also opened up herself to an environment where celebrities -- as opposed to her own shy self in her earlier days -- need to go all out to promote her projects.
"Look, with the time, I have definitely opened up. I am definitely introvert and shy and have never been rude to... I've definitely been shy, but thanks to my children, I have opened up. Somewhere, you have to change with the time.
"You can't be like what you were... It doesn't work that way. And do that (change) within your comfort, not by going out of it."
That besides, she says a positive frame of mind, helps her look forward to what life has to offer.
"Be in a positive frame of mind, be happy, fulfil your goals, work hard... It never goes waste."
While Sridevi has two films lined up, her daughter, Janhvi is all set to make her debut in Bollywood.
Filmmaker Karan Johar confirmed that he has cast veteran actress Sridevi's daughter Janhvi Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor's brother Ishaan Khatter in his upcoming production Dhadak.
Karan tweeted the first look of the film, an adaptation of the acclaimed Marathi film Sairat. The poster reveals the movie will release on July 6 next year.
"Presenting...Janhvi and Ishaan. Zee Studios and Dharma Movies proudly present... directed by Shashank Khaitan. Dhadak," Karan captioned the poster.
While Dhadak will mark Janhvi's foray into Bollywood, Ishaan is making his acting debut with Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's India-set movie Beyond The Clouds.
In one of the posters released, the two actors are seen embracing each other. The setting has the sun emitting rays and it captures the silhouette of a desert with a camel cart.
Sridevi is excited about her daughter's debut!