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.