Sridevi Kapoor…a SHE, Mother, Bollywood legend & Fashion icon. RIP (13th August 1963 – 24th February 2018)

This wasn’t meant to be my first blog post, in fact it was meant to be based on my latest SHE Campaign. Never did I think I would be blogging about the death of one of my most favourite & iconic actresses who has ruled Bollywood in her time, and was somebody who I totally connected with as a child. In fact I feel as though I have lost a very very big part of my childhood, I feel lost and speechless to say the least.

This morning I felt sick to the stomach at the thought of how her family are coping. Her husband Boney and daughters Jhanvi & Khushi, losing their mum at such a young age, only I know what that feels like having lost my own mother at the tender age of 12.

Dropping my 2 year old daughter to her dance class (with KSPARK, Karan Pangali’s dance academy) this morning was very tough, listening to the song she’s currently learning this term in the car, and guess what? It is none other than the blockbuster track “Hawa Hawai” from the film “Mr India” (the remixed version in recent film Tumhari Sulu, starring Vidya Balan).

Sridevi was beautiful, iconic, talented and so gifted. She inspired me in my previous world of acting (she was huge in the Telugu industry) and now fashion, having always gracefully worn ensembles by India’s leading designers. I feel so speechless and honestly I just don’t know where I’m going with this blog. I guess it’s me paying respect to someone from my childhood, a woman I connected with in all levels, the lady that taught me how to love, dance and be expressive.

Sridevi started her career as a child artist in 1975 in the film Julie followed by her first adult role at the age of 13 in Tamil film “Moondru Mudichuthe.” She was the leading star in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Bollywood cinema across 40 years of her life. My all time favourites were “Lamhe, Chaandni, Mr India, Nagina & recent English Vinglish and Mom.”

She leaves a legacy through her two beautiful daughters (with Jhanvi soon to be launched in Karan Johar’s film “Dhadak” alongside Ishaan) who she named after the characters in Boney Kapoor’s own film production Judaai which she also starred in alongside her brother in law, Anil Kapoor.

Only a couple of days ago we were all following the big Bollywood wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah and his wife Antra Motiwala in Dubai, admiring all the beautiful outfits she wore by none other than Manish Malhotra. This is when she suffered from a cardiac arrest soon after. May her soul rest in peace….to me you are SHE. A SHE who has now left us to be with the stars and angels above. A woman who shone, honoured and empowered everybody around her, including me. RIP.

SHE Campaign

We recently launched the SHE campaign (phase 1) at Inspiration Couture London in January 2018. This campaign is a representation of my very own hand picked collection, personal style and life ethos.
Having just had my second child, back to changing nappies, sleepless nights and of course body changes I wanted to send out a very strong message, this is when SHE was born. I chose to model a selection of the ensembles myself as felt having gone through so many changes within weeks of doing this shoot I myself would be a prime example of SHE. Quite a self explanatory word, SHE represents today’s confident woman.
Over the years I have had many brides to be and their family members come to the showroom for shopping & style advice. Some of the comments I have heard range from “I can’t wear this, I’m a mother of two kids” or “these outfits are too bright and not age appropriate for me, they would suit a younger girl.”
I truly believe that whether you are a young single woman, a mother to be, a mother of two kids, a granny or an aunt, it is imperative to always go for a style you ultimately feel comfortable in. If there is a lehenga you absolutely love & actually carry off beautifully the world is your oyster! You attract what you feel and if you feel amazingly incredible then there’s your answer! A colour, cut & style carried off by a confident woman is what will show and reflect. And as women we must empower one another, not bring each other down.
This is a campaign so close to my heart which will be our core focus this year. Be the kind of woman that makes other women up their game, women who can SHINE in their careers, HONOUR their families and EMPOWER other people. As a woman, especially in the Asian community, we have multiple roles. I for one am a wife, mother, sister, daughter & daughter in law, however truly believe that stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things despite your role as a woman in society is the best way to grow. You are never sexier then when you are comfortable in your own skin and clothes. So whoever you are we can truly help, you don’t have to be the stereotypical size or height.
Thank you to the incredible talent for making Phase 1 of the SHE campaign what it is, a collection of oozing confidence and luxury couture.
Wardrobe: Inspiration Couture London
Jewellery: Red Dot Jewels
Hair & make up artist: Gini Bhogal
Photography: OMJ Photography
Creative stylist: Prits Gohil
Models: Anshu Saggar (myself) & Elena Fernandes