Sridevi’s body brought home

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Feb 2018 08:19:08



Sridevi’s mortal remains will be kept at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala near her home for people to pay their last respects from 9. 30 am To 12.30 pm.

The last journey will commence at 2 pm to Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery

VETERAN actress Sridevi’s mortal remains arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday night, around 72 hours after her sudden and shocking demise in Dubai. Her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Her body was taken to her residence in Green Acres, Lokhandwala, from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in a convoy. Tight security arrangements were in place both on the way and outside the house, as a large number of fans had gathered to get a glimpse of their beloved actress.

Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor, brothers-in-law Sanjay Kapoor and Sandeep Marwah, sister-in-law Reena Marwah and stepson Arjun Kapoor were on the chartered Reliance Transport Embraer jet 135BJ which carried her mortal remains from Dubai to Mumbai.
The plane took off from Dubai International airport at 5.30 pm (IST) and landed at 10.10 pm, according to which tracks all flights through their transponders.

Sridevi, known as Indian cinema’s first woman superstar, leaves behind her husband Boney Kapoor and their two daughters Jahnvi and Khushi.

“On behalf of Khushi, Janhvi, Boney Kapoor, the entire Kapoor and Ayyappan families, a sincere thanks to the media for your continued sensitivity and support during this emotional moment,” a statement by the family said.
The 54-year-old Bollywood icon was in Dubai to attend a family wedding. Her death late Saturday sent shock waves across India with those who knew her at a loss to explain how the star could die so suddenly.

At first it was reported that she had died of cardiac arrest, triggering questions and disbelief.However, it later emerged that she had drowned in the bathtub in her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel. As more speculation swirled, the Dubai Government’s media office said in a series of tweets that the case is now closed.

“Dubai Public Prosecution has approved the release of the body of the Indian actress Sridevi to her family following the completion of a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of her death,” it said. “Dubai Public Prosecution stressed that all regular procedures followed in such cases have been completed. As per the forensic report, the death of the actress occurred due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness. The case has now been closed.” It did not say why she lost consciousness. In its statement, the family said her body will be kept at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala near her home for people to pay their last respects from 9. 30 am To 12.30 pm. Before it is taken for cremation.

The family said media can also pay their respects “provided camera, recording devices, etc are left outside the venue”.
“The last journey will commence at 2 pm from Celebration Sports Club to Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery,” it said.

While Sridevi had stayed back in Dubai after the ceremonies, her husband Boney Kapoor had flown back to Mumbai with their younger daughter Khushi. But he returned to Dubai to surprise her, according to ‘Khaleej Times’ newspaper. Arjun Kapoor reached Dubai this morning to be with his father. In Mumbai, industry insiders and friends visited the family in the home of actor Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor’s younger brother. With their father away, Khushi and Jahnvi were at their uncle’s Juhu home. “For me it’s the most painful thing I have dealt with after my dad’s passing away. And her face is coming in front of me again and again,” actor Rani Mukherji told ‘PTI’.

Director Anees Bazmi, who has worked with Boney Kapoor on “No Entry”, was among the many mourners trying to come to grips with the tragedy that has touched scores of Bollywood personalities.The others who have called on the family in their hour of grief include Shah Rukh Khan, and his wife Gauri, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Tabu, Rekha and Farah Khan, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi.