September 3, 2017 by aliya
Two Sisters: Street Style India, from the 80s
Art and Culture: Film/ Lit Muses
One adept, another bereft
Of a quality, you spoke of
One could sing a song
Looming in the courtyard
Another could make rhythms
On photographic paper
This is the photo story of those two sisters, who lived in the movies of the 80s. They were the real life Smita Patil-Deepti Naval and Rekha-Shabana Azmi. The belonged to the somber and quaint 80s, which told stories of real struggle of real people, blissfully unaware of Nazia Hassan’s pop album Disco Deewane.
On most days, in indigo, she paints the city monochrome, and on other days she sleeps in the verandah.
She took everything with a pinch of salt; mostly side glancing every one she met once, or even twice. However, the simple tales from the fictional town of Malgudi never failed to warm her heart.
One crossed verandahs in her literal blue suits while other dreamed of foreign lands looking at the post cards she kept secretly and very carefully between the folds of her skirts in her almirah.
Featured: Devika Mehta and Shagun Rai
Photos: Aalok Hirani
Concept: Aliya Khan
Assistance: Shrishti Sen