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Delhi women recreate Sridevi’s iconic cinematic journey

O Meri Chandani, a tribute to Sridevi allowed 50-odd women of the Capital to channel their inner diva and take on the role of the Bollywood actor on stage

art-and-culture Updated: May 01, 2018 17:36 IST
Anjali Thakur
Anjali Thakur
Hindustan Times
More than fifty homemakers of the group stepped onto the stage to channelize their inner divas and became the scintillating Sridevi for a short spell of time.
More than fifty homemakers of the group stepped onto the stage to channelize their inner divas and became the scintillating Sridevi for a short spell of time. (Manoj Verma/HT)

Her sudden death was considered a personal loss by many of her fans, who idolised the on-screen and off-screen persona of Sridevi for decades. To pay tribute to this cine goddess, members of the Delhi-based NGO, Devditi, recently organised O Meri Chandni, a music and dance programme in the Capital, to help admirers relive the actor’s iconic cinematic moments.

Be it her comic playfulness as Manju in ChaalBaaz, the turquoise saree-clad sensual moment in ‘Kate Nahin Kat Te’ from Mr.India or her nuanced performance in English Vinglish, the event, touched upon several of the diva’s
on-screen avatars. The event was also a way to commemorate 3 years of the India Saree Challenge, a programme that the NGO runs to promote the wearing of saris among urban Indian women. The group was conceptualised three years ago by Sapna Khandelwal and Vandana Gupta.

The program featured a hilarious skit, encompassing Sridevi’s famous characters
The program featured a hilarious skit, encompassing Sridevi’s famous characters ( Manoj Verma/HT )

The program also featured a hilarious skit, encompassing Sridevi’s most popular roles, along with dance performances followed by a ramp walk by members of the India Saree Challenge.

Vandana Gupta and Sapna Khandelwal of Devditi
Vandana Gupta and Sapna Khandelwal of Devditi ( Manoj Verma/HT )

More than 50 homemakers of the group stepped on to the stage to channelise their inner divas and turned into the scintillating Sridevi for a short spell of time.

More than fifty homemakers walked the ramp for the occasion
More than fifty homemakers walked the ramp for the occasion ( Manoj Verma/HT )
Speaking about the concept of the event, Khandelwal said, “What better way to commemorate our third anniversary than a tribute to Sridevi…Chandani… Hawa Hawai… Diva Extraordinaire! The embodiment of every woman’s aspirations and every man’s dreams.”


“Stepping on to the stage and acting like Sridevi, even for a few minutes, is like a dream-come-true for most Indian women. It is a magical and immensely empowering experience,” added Vandana Gupta.

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