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How Family, Friends And Fans United For Sridevi's Funeral One Last Time

How Family, Friends And Fans United For Sridevi's Funeral One Last Time

On 24th February 2018, the country lost a gem of the Indian film industry. Sridevi, the first female superstar to have made a mark across India's various cinema platforms took her last breath in Dubai. She was attending nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter, Khushi. The legendary actress passed away from accidental drowning after losing consciousness in her hotel room bathtub, where she was found by her husband. Her remains were transferred to India by Ashraf Thamarasery, a 44-year-old Indian from Kerala who signed off the official documents to bring her back to the country.  She was then flown to India on 27th night in a private plane owned by Anil Ambani.


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Bollywood and fans paid their final respects to the star at Mumbai’s Celebration Sports Club on 28th February. The funeral of the Padma Shri winning veteran actress was held at 3:30 PM post the gathering and her last rites were performed with state honours, as arranged by the Maharashtrian government - complete with a gun salute and her mortal remains wrapped in a tricoloured flag.


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Hundreds of her fans and well-wishers gathered outside the sports club to show their respect, towering over the building and waiting across the street. "Since I heard the news about her death, I have been standing outside her home for two to three hours every day, waiting for one glance," Bhagirathi, an aspiring actress, told BBC about Sridevi who was her inspiration.


Another fan, Kalpanaben Kodekar, who had travelled all the way from Gujarat to catch a glimpse of the actress said, "I'm really grateful that they allowed us inside and not just the celebrities. We'll always feel the void Sridevi's departure has created."


The three-hour journey from the sports club to the Vile Parle Seva Samaj crematorium was undertaken in a truck covered with streamers of rajnigandha flowers; said to be the actress' favourite.


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Here are some of the stars who were present at the Celebration Sports Club:


Shahrukh Khan


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Jeetendra


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Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja


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Shraddha Kapoor


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Shahid Kapoor & Mira Rajput


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Shubhash Ghai


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Sanjay Leela Bhansali


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Jaya Bachchan


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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


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Deepika Padukone


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Arjun Kapoor


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The family finally spoke to the media and put out a release on their social media platforms as a final obituary to the actress, wife, mother and friend.





 

🙏 The past few days have been trying times for us as a family. Today, particularly, has been one of the hardest. We laid to rest a beautiful soul who has gone too soon. She leaves behind a legacy that is unique. Her talent was undeniable, her beauty unmatched and her ability to connect with the audience was legendary. Sri had the same connect with her family as well. The one thing that helped us all get through these last few days, was the amazing amount of love and support from everyone — be it her many colleagues, to her innumerable fans, her caring friends and loving family, from across the country and the world. This outpouring of love is the memory that we would like Khushi and Janhvi to have of their mother... a woman who was loved unquestionably by everyone. Let us all who loved Sri, envelope her two little ones, her life, as she often called them, with as much or more love than we gave Sri so that they can live their lives ahead with a little less ache in their hearts. Let us help them remember their mother fondly, with that beloved twinkle in her eyes, and help them build a life and be what Sri had dreamt for them. To the members of the media, we ask that you respect the privacy of the family and allow us the space to grieve. Sri lived her life with dignity and we implore, that you give her the same respect.


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Everybody in the industry said goodbye to Sridevi in their own special way. Some found it hard to believe and the others had a few last words they wished they could have shared with the actress.


Shahrukh Khan



Shraddha Kapoor





Sushmita Sen





Kajol





 


Preity Zinta




 

Almost everyone I know has gone to say goodbye to her in Mumbai. I’m on the other side of the globe, it’s midnight & I cannot sleep. Right now a part of my childhood, burns Into ashes & dust. Sridevi my icon is gone. I close my eyes & see Hawa Hawai smiling at me. She will always be in my heart. I wish her peace & freedom. I’m so sad I did not get to say goodbye. I’m upset & angry to see people stoop so low and the media circus. Everyone wants to gain from her departure. As her fan I hate it & I hate them. How dare they try to take her dignity in death? I will not let this happen. Sridevi is and always will be the Brightest Star. A powerhouse of talent, spontaneity & sensuality. She will always will be my Hawa Hawaii 💃 Thank you for always Brightening up my life & for making me cry. Thank you for being so gracious & sweet & most of all thank you 🙏 for making me fall in love with cinema. I love you #Sridevi #RIP #Letherrestinpeace #legend #gonetoosoon #Sridevifan #childhood


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Hema Malini 






Amitabh Bachchan 



Rishi Kapoor



Rajnikanth 



Kamal Haasan



Juhi Chawla






Madhuri Dixit-Nene



Anupam Kher







Akshay Kumar



Alia Bhatt




 

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Farhan Akhtar





Rest in peace, Sridevi and we will never forget you.


Images: Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Reuters

Published on Mar 1, 2018
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