February 28, 2018
MUMBAI: Sridevi was cremated with state honours in Mumbai this evening in the presence of thousands of fans and top actors who had turned up to pay their last respects to the Bollywood icon. Sridevi’s body, wrapped in the national flag and placed in a glass casket, was brought to the Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle from the Celebration Sports Club near her home in Lokhandwala. Hundreds of people, many weeping, walked alongside the truck carrying Sridevi’s body.
Sridevi, 54, died in a hotel room in Dubai on Saturday. A forensic report said she accidentally drowned in a bathtub after falling unconscious. After investigations, the actor’s body was released by the Dubai authorities on Tuesday and was flown to Mumbai by private jet.
This morning Sridevi’s body was brought to the Celebration Sports Club, where people who had come from other states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu lined up to say goodbye to their favourite star, who ruled Bollywood and southern cinema over a five-decade-long career.
Sridevi’s family requested people in a statement to join them to pay respects to the “remarkable actor, beloved wife and loving mother” at the club from 9:30 am onwards today. But teary-eyed fans had started queuing up by dawn outside the Celebration Sports Club.
Top stars like Kajol, Deepika Padukone and Hema Malini were at the club and many also attended the funeral. Nearly 200 policemen were posted at the Mumbai club and a police band was deployed in honour of Sridevi, who received the Padma Shri award in 2013.
Sridevi had gone to Dubai along with her husband producer Boney Kapoor and their younger daughter Khushi, to attend the wedding of Mr Kapoor’s nephew Mohit Marwah. After the wedding, Sridevi stayed on in Dubai, while Boney Kapoor went back to Mumbai with their daughter.
Boney Kapoor returned to Dubai on Saturday to surprise his wife, reports said. Sridevi was getting ready to go out for dinner with her husband when she collapsed in the bathroom of Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel on Saturday evening. A medical team failed to revive her and she was declared dead at a hospital.
Authorities in Dubai completed legal formalities over three days before releasing Sridevi’s body to her family for embalming and saying that, “The case has now been closed.” Boney Kapoor accompanied his wife’s body from Dubai last night to Mumbai. His brother and actor Anil Kapoor, who was also Sridevi’s co-star in many blockbuster films, received them at the airport.
They arrived at the Kapoor home in Green Acres at the posh Lokhandwala Complex after pm. Despite the late hour, several hundreds of fans were waiting outside when a motorcade, including an ambulance with Sridevi’s body, reached.
Sridevi is survived by her husband Boney Kapoor and two young daughters Jhanvi, 20, and Khushi, 17.
She made her film debut at the age 4 and acted in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies before scripting a soaring career in Bollywood. She return to movies in 2012 after a 15-year break with the smash-hit “English Vinglish”, stunned fans with her performance as a villainous queen in Tamil movie “Puli” and followed it up with the thriller “Mom”. She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film – “Zero” – which releases in December.
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