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Sridevi: Body Taken For Cremation With State Honours


Sridevi: Body Taken For Cremation With State Honours

Sridevi: Body Taken For Cremation With State Honours

Several fans chanted prayers as Sridevi’s body was brought the short distance from her home to the club at 9am (0330 GMT).

She is due to be cremated at a private Hindu ceremony later on Wednesday.

Sridevi was considered to be one of the most influential Bollywood actresses of all time and her sudden death at the weekend sparked an outpouring of grief in India.

Tributes poured in from fans and fellow actors as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Condolences from the film fraternity continued to pouring in on Tuesday. After visiting the grieving family, Bappi Lahiri said he worked in 11 Silver Jubilee films with Sridevi, who was “the one and only lady superstar”.

“I still can’t believe she is no more with us, my heart sinks thinking about it.”

He said that he would like to dedicate the song “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” to her memory. “Never say goodbye! She will always remain an integral part of our industry. She will always remain our superstar.”

Waheeda Rehman, who shared screen space with Sridevi in films like “Chandani”, “Himmatwala” and “Lamhe”, was seen at Anil’s Kapoor’s Juhu residence. Anupam Kher and “Welcome” director Anees Bazmee were also spotted there, besides “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” director Shashank Khaitan.

Sridevi was accompanied from Dubai to Mumbai by her husband Boney Kapoor, who was in the hotel room with her when she died, her stepson Arjun Kapoor, brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor and other family members. The Kapoors had been attending their nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding in Dubai last week.

 Sridevi’s sudden death left the film industry reeling in shock. Her former co-stars Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Venkatesh, Jaya Prada, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher visited the actress’ brother-in-law Anil Kapoor’s home over the last few days to pay their respects. Other visitors included Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shabana Azmi, Rani Mukerji, Tabu and Karisma Kapoor.

The delay in bringing Sridevi back means that some colleagues will miss the funeral because of work commitments. Rajinikanth, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday, flew back to Chennai yesterday – the teaser for his new film is expected to release tomorrow. Deepika Padukone was also spotted at the airport with her Kochadaiiyaan co-star but she returned to Mumbai on Wednesday morning.
Sridevi, considered India’s first female superstar, made 300 films in several languages over 50 years. She was just 4 when she started out and played her first leading role at the age of 13 in 1976 film Moondru Mudichu, opposite Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. Her illustrious career includes memorable Hindi films such as SadmaMr IndiaChaal Baaz and Chandni.

Sridevi received the Padma Shri in 2013, a year after she returned to the screen in English Vinglish. She had begun acting again after a break of many years to raise her daughters Janhvi and Khushi. Sridevi was last seen in MOM and filmed a special appearance for Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero, releasing in December, before she died.


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