Rightfully titled India’s First Female Superstar, Sridevi was tragically lost to Indian cinema in a case of accidental drowning in Dubai. The sparkly-eyed beauty, who had worked in over 250 features was much too young at 54 to be gone so suddenly. It might seem odd that she had garnered such a large and impressive body of work in her short life but most people don’t realize that Sridevi started her career at the tender age of 4. From regional south Indian movies to blockbuster Bollywood flicks, Sridevi had well and truly done it all and was still raring to go.
With an acting career spanning over four decades, it’s unsurprising that Sridevi’s admirers remember her from various stages of her career. Some might think of her fondly as the Hawa Hawai girl wearing outlandish headgear while gyrating to the foot-tapping tune while others will look back at her restrained, sublime yet powerful performance as a docile housewife in printed chiffon sarees in English Vinglish. The truth is that as Indian cinema evolved so did Sridevi with her chameleon like abilities to portray any role required of her with complete ease.
In recent times, Sridevi was a style inspiration for mature Indian women as she wore everything from sequined jumpsuits to Benarasi sarees with the same panache as her acting. India’s top couturiers were on the divas speed dial as she dressed to impress in their luxury labels. For the woman who loved fashion both on screen and off it, there can be no higher honour than the memory of her most fabulous style moments.
Essaying a double role of twin sisters who were separated at birth, Sridevi was required to constantly change her look between sweet and simple Anju to sassy and chic Manju. The talented star made the character switches effortlessly while also sporting a variety of different outfits for the hilarious situations in the movie. Suede pant suits, printed sarees, satin off shoulder dresses and a wide array of 90s accessories were seen on her during the course of the film.
Sridevi’s Different Looks In Chalbaaz
It was probably the same versatility and ability played layered characters that got Sridevi the role of Roop Ki Rani in future husband Boney Kapoor’s mega production. The blockbuster movie saw Sridevi take on various different guises from a Chinese hostess to a cabaret dancer. Her costumes might have been considered outrageous and downright weird for the time but carrying them off was no big deal with her inherent charm and grace.
Sridevi’s Different Looks In Roop Ki Raani Choron Ka Raja
Playing a socially aware and quick-witted journalist in Mr. India, her role offered her little opportunity for wardrobe experimentation but it was the song sequences that left a memorable impression. As Sridevi seductively moved in her sultry blue chiffon saree and sang ‘I Love You’ she also made a space for herself in the hearts of hot-blooded Indian men. While her cutsy and fun Hawa Hawai act in fitted a gold gown and metallic crown left Indian women in awe of her bubbly personality.
Sridevi’s Different Looks In Mr. India
She followed up the chiffon saree act again as the quintessential Yash Chopra heroine. The rare female oriented movie for the time saw Sridevi bring to the screen the ability of a woman to love deeply, fight her inner angst and live with resilience. The strong character coupled with the soft styling of single hued flowing sarees was an artistic juxtaposition that worked magic on the screen. Her styling in the movie became labelled as the ‘Chandani Look’ as young girls everywhere copied it.
Sridevi’s Different Looks In Chandani
One of her best performances was another double role but this time with a generational twist as she played the roles of mother and daughter as the story took a time leap. Yash Chopra cast the multifaceted Sridevi once again and put her in the moulds of a village belle and a modern young woman. She was seen in colourful traditional lehengas accessorised with ethnic jewellery like necklace sets and matha pattis when she played the mother. Conversely as the daughter, she wore contemporary Indian outfits like salwaars and trousers while also sporting more minimal jewellery.
Sridevi’s Different Looks In Lamhe
Set in Afghanistan, Khuda Gawah was a love story between two warring tribes that was reminiscent of an ethnic Romeo and Juliet. In yet another mother-daughter double role, Sridevi thrilled the audiences with her warrior princess act. Both roles saw her in similar looks featuring fur capes, twisted turbans and funky jewellery but it was her nuanced performance of playing each character with its own unique sensibility that made her such a favourite for double roles.
Sridevi’s Different Looks In Khuda Gawah
It’s no easy feat to quit at the top of your career and still be relevant 15 years later but Sridevi proved it possible and made it look oh-so-fabulous. Her come back movie English Vinglish showed her in an age appropriate role of a middle aged homemaker who feels neglected and overlooked because of her inability to speak English. Sridevi got into the skin of her character and curated her look with the help of ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She’s seen wearing printed floral chiffon and traditional brocade sarees throughout the film. In keeping with her character’s frugal personality she’s also carrying budget friendly Hidesign handbags and layering up with high street trench coats.
Sridevi’s Different Looks In English Vinglish
Her last release Mom failed to make an impact at the box office but it didn’t affect her popularity in the least as Sridevi continued to reign on the best-dressed lists with her sartorial choices. With her strict dedication to fitness and her complicated yet very effective beauty regimen, she was able to give stiff competition to divas half her age. Her fashion arsenal included gear from nearly every Indian designer of note and there was rarely a time when Sridevi turned up looking less than amazing. As a sign off here are some of her best looks from the recent past.
Sridevi In Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Anamika Khanna and Falguni & Shane Peacock
Sridevi In Falguni & Shane Peacock, Manish Malhotra & Rohit Bal
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