Actress Sridevi Kapoor (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)

Sridevi’s close friend Manish Malhotra is yet to accept the fact that the actress has passed away, and even now he expects his phone to ring and her voice.

Sridevi, who was in Dubai to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding, died in her hotel room due to accidental drowning on February 24. Malhotra was also present for the wedding festivities and he had designed the attire that Sridevi wore for the function.

 Recently, the fashion designer paid tribute to the late actress with a post and said Sridevi’s death still feels surreal.
”This is the first time I’ve lost someone so close, and it feels surreal,” said Malhotra. “I’d known her for 28 years. We were at a wedding together and then, out of nowhere, her sister Srilatha was handing me a silk sari for her funeral. I spoke to her the night she passed away. We talked about everything under the sun, from Janhvi’s film, how beautiful Khushi looked at the wedding to even what she had eaten earlier that day. Even now, so many days later, I still expect my phone to ring, and to hear her discuss an outfit or a project which we can work on together.”
The ace designer also revealed that he became close friends with Sridevi in the last seven years and added that she always made it a point to attend his shows. Sridevi always gave her 200 percent in all her relationships and this helped her become her daughters’ best friend.

Just days after Sridevi’s death, her daughter Jhanvi Kapoor paid an emotional tribute to the actress writing: “Every morning, all that I would do was with the hope that one day you’d be as proud of me as I was of you. But I promise I’ll wake up every day still with the same thought.”
Sridevi, born Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, appeared in around 300 films and was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, for services to the movie industry.