Sridevi is not known just for her ability to slip into myriad roles — whether the double role in “ChaalBaaz,” as a woman with retrograde amnesia in “Sadma,” a shape-shifting woman in “Nagina,” a goofy crime journalist in “Mr. India,” the warm mother act in “English Vinglish” or the fierce and revengeful mom in “Mom” — but also for her expressive eyes, sheer comic timing and her fluid dancing skills, all of which made her a director’s delight.As filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma put it, “She was like a creation of God which he does whenever he is in a very special mood as a very, very special gift to mankind.”
Recently,Sudarshan & Sreelekha presented SRI RETURNS : Stories of the Diva in a Gallery on 13th August at Abanindranath Gallery ( ICCR ) on Bollywood diva Sri Devi’s birthday. It was an endeavour to look back at an icon who traversed age and time with her beauty and histrionics. Pop-up performances enliven the gallery as our storytellers Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee and Agnimitra Paul walked us through everlasting memories of Sridevi.
Performances by Debleena Dutt Mukherjee, Sonalee Chowdhuri, Rupanjana Mitra, Sidhu, Ritika Sahni, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Jojo Muherjee, Dishari Chakraborty, Sreelekha Mitra & Sudarshan Chakravorty with Sapphire mesmerized audience.There were a special felicitations of USHA UTHUP, the ‘naki bandi’ connect of Sri Devi besides Priya Bhattacharya the Judai song ( Raat Ko Neend Ati Nahin ) fame. Sudarshan introduced the SAPPHIRE QUARTERLY ARTS SERIES running in its 8th year and this being edition XXXIV, Agnimitra introduced concept of SRI RETURNS read out a letter penned by her own in memory of Sri, Debleena danced playful songs (kisi ki haath an aayegi, hawa hawai, taki o taki), Ritika sang playful song , the title track of Rup Ki Rani Choron ka Raja, Usha Utthup felicitation rendered surmai ankhiyon mein, Rupanjana danced on romantic songs (khudagawah, Mere hathon Mien Nao Nao, Ungli mien anghithi, Priya Bhattacharya and Jojo remembered sri devi , Dipanita sang romantic numbers (mera hiwda mein, morni baga mein), Sonalee performed to Romantic songs (chandni, Megha re Megha), Sujoy read out a wonderful intense poem specifically written by Sunil Bhandari, Sidhu & Chandrima sang (Chandni, Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le), Sreelekha performed as a diva (kate nahi katte, and Har kisiko nahi milta), and last but not the least Sudarshan celebrated SRIDEVI AS A DANCER( Mein Teri dushman from Nagina and Nainon mein sapna ) . What’s more ? It was followed by a cake cutting ceremony celebrating the birthdays of both Sri Devi and Sudarshan who turned 45 on this very day.