Sridevi turns showstopper for Sabyasachi

Sridevi poses with designer Sabyasachi and her comeback film English Vinglish's director Gauri Shinde.

Sabyasachi closed the third edition of PCJ Delhi Couture Week with his New Moon collection inspired by five cities of the world- New York, Kolkata, Berlin, Paris and Barcelona. Sridevi, who is all set for a comeback with English Vinglish, walked the ramp for the designer in an elegant white sari.

Shabana Azmi, Boney Kapoor and Ritu Kumar cheered the designer from the front row.

Sridevi: Star of the night
"It's my pleasure. It's an outstanding show. It's unbelievable. His work is very intricate. It's beautiful," said the Hawa-Hawai star. Sabyasachi is totally smitten by the actress. "For me and my sister it's a special day. We are her biggest fans. I still remember we used to lie to our father and bunk school to see her movies. Every single film of hers I have watched many many times."

Sabya, as he is fondly called, has also designed costumes for Sridevi in her upcoming film. "I bullied Gauri who is the director. When I heard Sridevi is in the film, I was like I have to do her clothes."

Sridevi set for comeback
Why did Sridevi decide to make her comeback with this film? "It was not a conscious decision at all. I just loved the script. Thanks to Gauri for having me in this film. It was a really great experience working with both of them," she said.

"I am not nervous at all. I'm very excited. I hope all my hard work pays off," she added.

Director Gauri Shinde, who also walked the ramp with Sridevi, talked about her debut film: "She's the central character. It's about a woman who doesn't know English, which is a big deal in our country. She's stunning in the film."

Sabyasachi, who claims to be Sridevi's biggest fan, couldn't hide his thrill. "When I first saw Sadma, I thought this lady should never ever leave films. I'm probably the most happiest that she is back."

More on the collection
Sabya's collection comprised skirts, shirts, blouses, saris, lehengas, anarkalis incorporated with threadwork, embroidery, boutis, zardozi work, kantha work and block printing. The designer used fabrics like khadi, tulle, velvet, silk and tweed. There were sherwanis, kurtas, shawls and safas, for the men too.

"It was about retro glamour. The collection takes inspiration from 20's to 40's. I have also taken inspiration from the cities I have travelled to like Barcelona, London, Paris, Kolkata, Berlin. It was a tale of five cities."

"The collection is modernised. It's not an ethnic collection but a global collection. That's why we call it New Moon, because it's a kind of a new development for the brand," he added.

The ramp had a very country-like feel to it - you could see deer heads, paintings, lamp shades, glass cabinets with crockery. "I wanted to put a theatrical set. It is inspired by hunting lodges in the Alps. You would see houses like these in Shimla, Darjeeling, Mussourie."

With this, PCJ DCW (August 8-12) came to an end!


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