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Seraphic Sush | Verve Journal

Images by Atul Kasbekar. Styling by Nisha Jhangiani. Make-up by Mahendra Gupta. Hair by Madhuri Nakhale. All furnishings, from Japanese Treasure Life-style, Mumbai.

This characteristic was initially printed in Verve Journal’s Quantity 12, Difficulty 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. 

Neglect 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 well-liked songs that by some means 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 an alternative of leaving you chilly.

She doesn’t see herself as a goddess till a naughty thought happens — why not the deity of every part. Why not Ma Durga herself. She who’s the amalgamation of seven gods, drawing into herself the facility 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….” Out of the blue, she discovers herself among the many pantheon of the elevated, the exalted, the divine…and isn’t she simply loving it!

Earlier this yr, 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 sort. 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 may hardly stroll. Dangerous climate and a VIP go to, nonetheless, 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 wherever 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 great 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, by way of the facility of the weather that signify 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 stated, you now have a accountability, you’ll have to curb your self. However, being a mom doesn’t imply that I sacrifice myself. I need to stay 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 an odd means, air additionally symbolises to me the thoughts and goals. 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 sneakers, 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 model Asleep at night time, I have to be as invisible as air. I’m very delicate and susceptible once I sleep. I put on issues which can be nearly 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, outdoors of marriage, my mother will blow me away!

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

Fiery Aphrodite

“Hearth, to me, is braveness, a killer intuition, the facility to go for what you need as an alternative of merely wishing for it. Dedication, too, may be very fiery.

I’m a really romantic type of particular person. Life turns into way more thrilling to bear and to stay, while you romanticise it.”

Unbeatable romantic fantasy I like deserted locations, with regards to romance. Locations which have numerous silence in order that when the person breathes subsequent to you, you’ll be able to hear it. Just like the individuals who got here with us, forgot to take us again.

Flaming attribute I by no means depart issues midway. I genuinely shouldn’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 need to do La Femme Nikita, a French movie, a basic, an motion movie…. I fairly preferred myself in Foremost Hoon Na…. My favorite portray, ‘The Sage’ by Prashant Hirlekar, gifted to my solicitor…. I accumulate 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…. Sporting a G-string is like being in a nasty relationship.

Hottest a part of my anatomy My thoughts as a result of you’ll be able to strive every part with it and by no means actually realize it. Stay with it, speak with it, stimulate it however it all the time stays free. My thoughts is a thriller to me additionally.

Favorite track Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Everyone’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 needs. Wishes are an vital side 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 study 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 buddy to determine the egg a part of it. The kitchen was a multitude. The breakfast, mediocre. My daughter cherished it.

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

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

Grounded thought A goddess have to be very approachable. Should you can’t attain her, how will you look as much as her?

Earthy resolution Quite than a wishy-washy heroine, I desire 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, educating you to stay 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 might moderately be flowing water, since water can minimize by way of mountain. The mood a part of me was mountain. The endurance a part of me, that my daughter has taught me together with her limitless questioning and surprise 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 sneakers, 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 night time lengthy, howling and saying now lastly I’m a princess.

Seafood Sushi, my most favorite meals on this planet. I get pleasure from my sushi in a specific means — there must be mayonnaise in it, caviar throughout it….

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

Private model 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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