Sridevi cremated with state honours in Mumbai

SansadTV Bureau

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Departed bollywood actor Sridevi was cremated on Wednesday at Mumbai with full state honours, said a family source. The 54-year-old died Saturday evening of accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub in Dubai after losing consciousness. The Bollywood star along with her husband Boney Kapoor, along with their daughter Khushi were in Dubai to attend the wedding of their nephew Mohit Marwah.

Her body was brought back from Dubai late evening on Tuesday after the authorities concluded their probe related to her death. Hundreds followed the cortege after queuing up outside Celebrations Sports Club near her residence in Lokhandwala, where her body is kept for ‘darshan’ (public viewing).

Mortal remains were flown back to Mumbai last night after the Dubai authorities determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.

The family members, including her film-maker husband Boney Kapoor and stepson Arjun Kapoor, brought the body in a private jet after three days of uncertainty over her unexpected death on Saturday in Dubai.

A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”. But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala” that she gained commercial success.

While films like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.

She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring in home production – “Judaai” — co-starring her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar. It was director Gauri Shinde’s “English Vinglish” in 2012 that marked Sridevi’s comeback.

Last year, she was seen in revenge-drama — “Mom” — opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film — “Zero” — which releases in December.

Besides Boney and Khushi, she is survived by older daughter Janhvi Kapoor, who is currently working towards making her entry into the Hindi cinema. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney had from late first wife Mona.

(With inputs from PTI)