Manish Malhotra pens a poignant tribute to his muse Sridevi

Bollywood Diva Sridevi‘s sudden demise left her family fans and friends in a shock. The 54 year old is, survived by two beautiful daughters Janhvi -Khushi and her loving husband Boney Kapoor, who are still trying to come to terms with the loss. Sridevi has been posthumously honoured as the Best Actress for Mom, by the 65th National Film Awards which was announced earlier today. Her family released an emotional statement thanking the Indian government and fans for bestowing her with such a big honour.

Sridevi’s designer friend Manish Malhotra has also penned a heartfelt tribute to the Diva reminiscing all the memories that he shared with the eternal beauty.

Check out a few excerpts of the letter here:

“She now leaves behind a legacy of exceptional work. I want the world to remember her as who she was—an iconic actor, an exceptional person, someone who had her mind and her heart in the right place. 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. I spoke to her the night she passed away. We talked about everything under the sun, from Janhvi’s film, how beautiful Khushi looked at the wedding to even what she had eaten earlier that day. Even now, so many days later, I still expect my phone to ring, and to hear her discuss an outfit or a project which we can work on together.”, writes Manish.  (Also Check: Sridevi wins Best Actress National Award posthumously)

Manish is now hoping to relive Sridevi’s fond memories by mentoring her daughter Janhvi as he adds, “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 Janhvi on her debut. Much like her mother, she’s a bundle of talent and discipline. 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.”

Read the full letter here

Sridevi will sorely be missed by her fans, friends and family for many years to come.