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Sridevi's sudden demise left the entire nation in deep shock and grief. Counted among one of the versatile actresses in Indian cinema, the actress was found dead on 24th February in a Dubai hotel. The actress had gone there to attend a family wedding. The Bollywood legend's close friend ace designer Manish Malhotra has still not recovered from her loss.
For Vogue magazine, Manish has written a long, heartfelt note for the late actress where he spoke about his last conversation and they discussed her daughter Janhvi's debut. Scroll down to read more-
He Was Enamoured By Sridevi
"I must have been in college when I first watched Himmatwala (1983), and I was instantly enamoured. Be it those twinkling eyes or her poise, I loved everything about Sridevi. I finally met her a few years later, when Rakesh Shrestha, legendary photographer of the time, introduced us."
On Her Most Intimate Friend
"I remember waiting anxiously at Mumbai's Mehboob Studio as she wrapped up a song sequence in a striking red Amrapali costume alongside Vinod Khanna. She greeted you with genuine kindness, but one couldn't help notice how reserved she was. She barely spoke, in fact. She, however, came to life when the camera started rolling. It was almost as if the camera was her most intimate friend."
Manish On How They Became Close Friends
"During Judaai (1997), she went from iconic actor to dear friend. I remember it like it was yesterday-we were in the elevator of a Las Vegas hotel when she confessed she wasn't sure about working in films anymore. I was so taken by her, I couldn't believe this could be it. But even when she stopped acting, it was on a happy note-she wanted to get married and start a family. During that 15-year gap, from Judaai to when she returned to the silver screen in English Vinglish (2012), we remained in touch. We became particularly close in the last seven years. Whether attending all my shows or being a part of my niece's wedding, she always returned the love, loyalty and admiration I had for her."
Sridevi Will Forever Be Boney ji, Janhvi And Khushi’s Best Friend
"I always called her ma'am. Over the years, I learnt much from her, whether a simple sartorial trick-she taught me that sleeves sans lining were more flattering on screen-or giving a task your unwavering focus. This quality of not believing in half measures extended to her personal life too, and that's something I have tried to imbibe and emulate. As a wife, friend and mother to two lovely girls, she always gave her 200 per cent. She was, and I think will forever be, Boney ji, Janhvi and Khushi's best friend."
On Their Last Conversation
"I spoke to her the night she passed away. We talked about everything under the sun, from Janhvi's debut, how beautiful Khushi looked at the wedding to even what she had eaten earlier that day. Even now, I still expect my phone to ring and hear her discuss an outfit or a project."
"This is the first time I've lost someone so close, and it feels surreal. I'd known her for 28 years. We were at a wedding together and then, out of nowhere, her sister Srilatha was handing me a silk sari for her funeral."
Sridevi Never Spoke Ill About Anyone
"I realize gossip never entered our conversations. We talked about clothes, food, movies, all the good things in life. She never wished ill upon anyone, or remarked upon her contemporaries."
On Working With Her Daughter Janhavi Kapoor
"It's funny how life comes full circle. I used to make little cholis and ghagras for the girls when they were younger. Now I'm working with Janhavi on her debut. Much like her mother, she's a bundle of talent and discipline."
He Was Keen To See Her In A Karan Johar Film
"I was very keen that Karan [Johar] sign her, because when you have good people in your life, you want them to get together. Some of the best relationships in my life are a result of my friendship with her. It was through her that I met Yash Johar (my favourite producer) and his son Karan, who is now my closest friend, and also began longstanding associations with Ram Gopal Varma and Boney Kapoor's production houses."