|Fashion Diva Sridevi|
As the news of her demise came in on Sunday, several pictures of her from her Instagram page to her iconic red carpet appearances dazzled our news feed. And why wouldn’t it? Sridevi had reinvented herself as a fashion diva, a style icon and that flair for fashion was shared by her two daughters – Jhanvi and Khushi.
In the last couple of years, Fashion Diva Sridevi has been seen in magnificent outfits, experimenting with her looks and style. Designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee have adorned her with their collections of embroidered, bandhgala sarees and gowns that radiated her gorgeous looks. She’d never be overtly dressed and fashion police does not remember any faux pox on her part.
Even her western wear never went on an overdrive, unlike actresses of her age. She would choose pantsuits, column dresses and carefully-accessorised wear to make a style statement. In a society riddled with ageism where older women are always under tight scrutiny for their appearance, she never let her contemporaries or critics decode her looks. Sridevi, as always, was the epitome of grace, exhibiting her own style and never shying of who she really was.
This was unexpected from Sridevi. We all remember her outlandish costumes from some of her greatest dance hits. The golden costume with a head gear in Hawa Hawai, the 800-metal-studded head crown in Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja, and her see-through saree in Mr India which sent the country on a tizzy back in the day – there was a lot of extravaganza thrown in there. But she wore all of it with pride. Even when she marked her second innings with English Vinglish in simple cotton sarees, Sridevi was on top of the game. Since the 90s fashion is back in vogue again, we might see those skirts, off-shoulder tops and chiffon sarees back on screen again. But they all carry the quintessential Sridevi charm it.
Sridevi Career journey from being India’s first female superstar to being one of the “best dressed” celebrities is enchanting, to say the list. As we go through her Instagram page and of the pictures from the wedding, it’s heartening to see what a diva she was, then, now and always!