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Seraphic Sush | Verve Journal

Pictures by Atul Kasbekar. Styling by Nisha Jhangiani. Make-up by Mahendra Gupta. Hair by Madhuri Nakhale. All furnishings, from Japanese Treasure Way of life, Mumbai.

This function was initially revealed in Verve Journal’s Quantity 12, Subject 4; September-October 2004.

Rust silk ruched robe, by Shantanu And Nikhil; white and brown diamond bracelets and earrings, all from Royal Orchid Jewelry, Mumbai. Silver heels, by René Caovilla, Venezia. Diamond solitaire ring, Sushmita’s personal. 

Overlook her forgettable Bollywood roles; neglect her impactful presence in Foremost Hoon Na — extra lofty presentation than expertise; neglect her Miss Universe standing as previous hat; and the truth that we applauded her for adopting little Renee, in opposition to all odds…. After which, having peeled off these apparent layers, uncover the goddess. Love the truth that she thinks about issues with a quicksilver thoughts, that she quotes from in style songs that someway add that means to her life, that she smacks you with a brow kiss the primary time she sees you, that she throws herself wholly into no matter it’s she is doing. And, that her uncommon magnificence attracts you in, warming as a substitute of leaving you chilly.

She doesn’t see herself as a goddess till a naughty thought happens — why not the deity of every thing. Why not Ma Durga herself. She who’s the amalgamation of seven gods, drawing into herself the ability of each aspect that exists or doesn’t exist. “For, from her forehead arose the goddess Kali; her thoughts symbolises Saraswati, the goddess of studying….” Abruptly, she discovers herself among the many pantheon of the elevated, the exalted, the divine…and isn’t she simply loving it!

Earlier this 12 months, she reaffirmed to herself, her choose standing of goddess incarnate. A freak accident on the units at Movies Division, noticed her in hospital, thrown by an enormous fan. The decision, protrusion of the backbone, of the worst variety. She dreamt of a black stone with a crimson tikka, so like {a photograph}, that ‘the place is that this place?’ she requested. Quickly she was heading for Vaishno Devi — by chopper, since she might hardly stroll. Unhealthy climate and a VIP go to, nevertheless, ordained that she trudge barefoot, seven hours at a stretch. After some preliminary issue, “I used to be strolling so quick that I unknowingly left my household behind. Mobbed by individuals, I couldn’t see them anyplace and it took them 45 minutes to catch up. Again in Mumbai, the X-rays pronounced a close to excellent backbone. A miracle…?”

Within the giant and cozy trailer that’s her rarefied protect, she is visited by a rapturous girl. Unbidden tears spring to the younger fan’s eyes. “How fantastic to be free to emote what you truly really feel,” says her idol. Making me assume, greater than something, right here is the goddess of phantasm — in actual life as a lot as on celluloid. Verve endeavours, via the ability of the weather that symbolize the gods, to demystify the seraphic ‘Sush’.

Ethereal Faerie

“Air symbolises life, freedom, to me. Within the final 10 years, I’ve valued nothing greater than freedom. Once I had (adopted) my daughter, my mother and pop sat me down and mentioned, you now have a duty, you’ll have to curb your self. However, being a mom doesn’t imply that I sacrifice myself. I need to reside my life as I do and share it with another person. Air, which has been shut in a room, goes stale. It should unfold throughout. In a wierd means, air additionally symbolises to me the thoughts and desires. Like air, the thoughts is free to go the place it likes and the place it’s pushed.”

Cream georgette pleated jacket, gold sequinned bra, tulle internet horse-riding pants with shiny velvet embroidery, by Pria Kataria Puri; ‘Sassy’ three-row necklace in yellow gold with amethyst, pink tourmaline and freshwater cultured pearls, from Bvlgari’s Allegra assortment, New Delhi. Freshwater pearl ring and Victorian pearl, blue sapphire and diamond ring, at Vipul Arts, Mumbai. Gold footwear, by Enzo Angiolini.

Grounded or within the air? I’m an especially passionate particular person. When I’m grounded, I’m 100 per cent grounded and once I let go, there’s no grounding me.

Private fashion Asleep at evening, I have to be as invisible as air. I’m very delicate and susceptible once I sleep. I put on issues which are virtually not there — smooth satins and silks.

What blows me away A well-mannered man…A second that overwhelms me…A toddler’s innocence…A uncommon, momentary feeling of helplessness…When a person loves a lady greater than she loves him…And, if I resolve to have a toddler biologically, exterior of marriage, my mother will blow me away!

My autobiography Butterfly, with solely the final line already written. ‘What the world calls the top of a caterpillar’s life, God calls a butterfly’.

Fiery Aphrodite

“Hearth, to me, is braveness, a killer intuition, the ability to go for what you need as a substitute of merely wishing for it. Willpower, too, could be very fiery.

I’m a really romantic sort of particular person. Life turns into much more thrilling to bear and to reside, if you romanticise it.”

Unbeatable romantic fantasy I like deserted locations, in relation to romance. Locations which have a whole lot of silence in order that when the person breathes subsequent to you, you may hear it. Just like the individuals who got here with us, forgot to take us again.

Flaming attribute I by no means go away issues midway. I genuinely wouldn’t have a single factor in my life that I didn’t end. Even like making a mistake, I make it utterly.

Raging ideas… I wish to do La Femme Nikita, a French movie, a traditional, an motion movie…. I fairly preferred myself in Foremost Hoon Na…. My favorite portray, ‘The Sage’ by Prashant Hirlekar, gifted to my solicitor…. I gather previous home windows of church buildings; at Chor Bazaar, they name me as quickly as they hear of 1…. Hispanic males are hotter than Italian males, they’ve a soul…. I like designers Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco Ferre; Neeta Lulla and Manish Malhotra for my movies; Malini Ramani and Sabyasachi for myself…. Carrying a G-string is like being in a foul relationship.

Hottest a part of my anatomy My thoughts as a result of you may strive every thing with it and by no means actually realize it. Stay with it, discuss with it, stimulate it but it surely all the time stays free. My thoughts is a thriller to me additionally.

Favorite music Baz Luhrmann’s ‘All people’s Free (To Put on Sunscreen)’.

Golden halo Highlights by Adhuna Akhtar.

Electrical quote from a mum (Shubra Sen) “She has all the time had this impact on individuals, that she attracts them to her….”

Earth Mom

“Earth symbolises stability, the notion of being grounded. A way of nurturing, of being a mom. Additionally, all our materialistic instincts and wishes. Wishes are an necessary facet of life.

I really like nature, I’m very near it and I’m an enormous nature watcher. Nature, in fact, symbolises earth. Earth can be a college that you just be taught from.”

Off-white and beige georgette shirt and skirt with satin belt, Gauri and Nainika Karan for Magnetic Rag; uncut diamond pendant with pink tourmalines (used as brooch) and uncut diamond purple ‘archery’ thumb ring, each at Vipul Arts; kundan, emerald and ruby pendant (used as brooch) and kundan and semi-precious stone kada, each at Jaipur Gems. All in Mumbai. Beige sandals, by Gucci.

Mom goddess Two months in the past, I entered the kitchen for the primary time. My daughter had insisted that I make breakfast for her. I used to be on the telephone the entire time with a pal to determine the egg a part of it. The kitchen was a large number. The breakfast, mediocre. My daughter beloved it.

Standing tall 5 ft, eight inches in my socks. With footwear, the sky’s the restrict.

Private fashion At house, I’m very grounded…a really denims and ganji sort of particular person.

Grounded thought A goddess have to be very approachable. In the event you can not attain her, how will you look as much as her?

Earthy resolution Fairly than a wishy-washy heroine, I choose to play the opposite lady and make it extra thrilling for everybody involved.

Elemental calculation The great thing about all the weather is that they train you that nothing is everlasting. The character of existence is momentary. Air may be vacuumed, earth consumed by water, water evaporated, fireplace extinguished. However, of their second, their existence is full, instructing you to reside within the current.

The rock How dare the media credit score some high-flying industrialist for giving me this ring! Certainly I can purchase it for myself.

Water Nymph

“The best a part of being a lady is being a nymph. One of many joys of womanhood is being very light-footed. It’s a part of her poise to be nymph-like.

Youthful, I had a really unhealthy mood. I teased my mother that the mood facet of me is Kali. Then, I assumed that I must be rock regular as a mountain. Now, I realise that I’d relatively be flowing water, since water can minimize via mountain. The mood a part of me was mountain. The endurance a part of me, that my daughter has taught me together with her countless questioning and marvel of issues, is flowing water.”

Aqua corset with bead, crystal and sequin embroidered internet sleeves and layered georgette skirt (stole not proven), by Suneet Varma; Peridot and crystal silver and gold rings, at Vipul Arts, Mumbai. Diamond studs, Sushmita’s personal. Blue beaded footwear, by René Caovilla, Venezia.

Water signal Scorpio

Teary second I all the time needed to be a princess. Once I lastly wore the crown (Miss Universe 1994), I held my mom tight all evening lengthy, howling and saying now lastly I’m a princess.

Seafood Sushi, my most favorite meals on this planet. I take pleasure in my sushi in a selected means — there needs to be mayonnaise in it, caviar throughout it….

Cool description of self I’m a skinny, lanky lady.

Private fashion Once I current myself to the world. I’m like water — very ‘flowey’, very fluid.

Well-known final line Nobody is ideal. I’m the goddess of imperfection.



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