Costume Designer Laxmi Krishna, who has been active in the Kannada and Tamil film industries, came up with the unique idea of printing the clicks of old actresses on a saree. She chose iconic actresses from Kannada film industry for the print which includes Pandari Bai, Leelavathi, Lakshmi, Aarthi, Manjula, Kalpana, B Saroja Devi, Mahalakshmi, Saritha, Geeta, Jayanti, Bharati, Padmapriya, Savitri, Ambika, Suhasini, Madhavi, Sudharani, Shruti and Prema.
Aditi Prabhudeva said, “I really feel so good and proud. I always like saree’s and I have huge respect for Kannada industry actresses. I always look up to Jayanthi amma, Bharati amma, Aarti amma, Kalpana ji, Manjula ji, Sudharani ma’am. So, there are so many beautiful and talented stars here and I always look up to them. This will always be a special photo shoot for me, and I am so proud that I was a part of such a creative idea which was designed by Laxmi Krishna.”
“I would love to wear this again and again in the future. I really wanted to show some respect and pay a tribute to my most loved actresses, that’s the main reason I agreed to it. And in this Covid situation, this is the only photo shoot I have done from the past six months,” Aditi added.
Explaining what went into the making of the saree, designer Laxmi Krishna said, “The idea for this art came to my mind during the lockdown. I think for a creative person there was a lot of free time left during the lockdown. I felt I should do something related to the Kannada film industry because many times you will feel everything is done for Bollywood or international actors. I thought why not our actresses, where we live. I have been in the industry, and this is my love for the Kannada film industry and it’s for the kind of love they have given to me. It is not just a design, it’s a piece of art. This is definitely not for sale, it is a gesture to honour the actresses. I have picked actresses from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, I particularly picked black and white because it definitely signifies all movies and I have used malmal cotton for making the saree.”
Aditi is one of the busiest stars in the Kannada film industry, and she has seven movies in the pipeline. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought all the film shootings to a standstill. But, the actress showed some courage to shoot while taking all precautions.