Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sridevi at the Beach

Sridevi shot by Gautam Rajadhyksha. on the beach near her Chennai house, surrounded by friends and family. too cute. Has Sridevi ever looked happier?

This is the rarest look into the private life of Sridevi during the peak of her career. This is long before, marriage and children (the kids in the pics are her cousins or children of other family members).

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Says photographer, the late, great Gautam Rajadyhaksha (who took these images of Sridevi and her family, "There are two Sridevis. Two people as different from each other as you can imagine, leading quite separate lives, who never seem to meet even though they inhabit the same body.

I first met the off-screen Sridevi. She's shy unsure, awkward, an almost simple-looking girl who even talks in barely audible murmurs. Never mind. Her responses seem as pallid as her personality.

There there is the screen Sridevi who appears as if by magic the minute you switch on the arch lights. She's a sensuous seductress capable of unblocking your abused arteries with one look from her smouldering eyes! No matter how she saps my energy and spontaneity with her obsession for perfection, the adrenalin spurts back the moment she turns to face the camera.

Many years later later in Madras, I made the wonderful discovery that there is a secret door in the dividing wall that sometimes opens. The Sridevi that emerged as her two selves merged was a revelation. Relaxed and comfortable on her home turf, she was ebullient and playful, vivacious and childlike, gamin and gauche as I shot her frolicking on the beach with cousins, nieces and assorted children. But I never met her again."

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