BY ANUJ RADIA
It has just been over a month since India’s first female superstar, Sridevi passed away and this devastating news continues to have an impact on our lives.
Whether it was the ‘Lady in White’ look with Chandni or the blue and yellow Ghagra choli in Lamhe, these are iconic outlooks of the ethereal beauty which is captured in the hearts and minds of the audience forever.
In an ode to the legendary actress, International Makeup Artist, Naeem Khan recreates some of the most popular looks of Sridevi.
The late actress has been an idol for Naeem since his childhood days. He tells Asian Style:
“She was my inspiration while I grew up. She was the queen of Bollywood and as a makeup artist, she was my muse. I can’t believe she is no more.”
He adds: “I wanted to do something to remember her by, so I decided to recreate her famous looks and pay tribute to the very stylish Bollywood diva.”
Over the years, Sridevi donned various Desi and Western looks. Almost every outfit became trendsetters, starting from the orange Amrapali in Himmatwala.
In this film and most importantly in the song ‘Nainon Mein Sapna,’ it was the bejewelled outfits which completely stole the show, despite the fact that water-pots dominated the frames.
The majority of Sridevi’s filmy looks were adorned with heavy headgear and jewellery. Especially in her Afghan avatar as the feisty and love-sick Benazir in Khuda Gawah.
Despite the visually stunning and opulent attire/ornaments, it was the innocent yet fierce expressions that would completely smite the viewers.
But when we talk about radiant looks of Sridevi, one simply cannot forget the blue sari from Mr India, with her matching bindi and red lips in the song ‘Kate Nahin Kat Te’. This was seductive in the classiest and most graceful manner, not to mention iconic.
Considering Sridevi’s character is that of a goofy journalist in Mr India, this blue sari avatar highlights how excellent she was as an actress as she could mould into every role and look with such ease.
Some of the recreations by Naeem Khan have a very nostalgic feel. Not only are they relatively accurate, but these visuals reinforce that Sridevi was a megastar, who inspired many across the globe and will always be dearly missed.