Veteran actress Sridevi passed away at 54 in Dubai after cardiac arrest, engulfing the entire country in a pall of gloom. Sridevi was there to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor's cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi. Her other daughter Janhvi stayed back reportedly due to work commitment towards her debut film Dhadak.
From Indian stars to Indian political personalities to Pakistani icons, her fans and admirers expressed shock and disbelief. In a moving gesture, Indian industrial magnate Anil Ambani has sent an aircraft to Dubai to bring back her body to India. Officials in Dubai said that her autopsy has been completed and the mortal remains will be brought to Mumbai today, as the family awaits the report.The funeral is likely to take place on the same day at Santa Cruz. Sridevi's body will be kept at Versova's Bhagya bungalow from 9 am-11:30 am for visitors to pay their tribute. Meanwhile, Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor are back from Dubai. Other Bollywood celebrities such as Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, Rani Mukherjee, etc also visited Anil's residence.
Late #Sridevi Kapoor’s body will arrive in India tomorrow. We'll update you on further info as & when it’s available to us. Request you to kindly reach out to us on everything related to this & we urge you to please not call the family for info on the same: Boney Kapoor's Spox— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2018
Boney Kapoor, Jhanvi, Khushi & the entire Kapoor, Ayyappan and Marwah family is deeply bereaved and shocked with the untimely loss of #Sridevi Kapoor. They thank the entire media for their prayers, support and sensitivity during their time of grief: Boney Kapoor's Spokesperson— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2018
Born in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu on August 13, 1963, Sridevi began her career at the age of four in the devotional film Thunaivan. That marked the beginning of a journey in filmdom that saw her work across Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi productions, leading her to become one of the most formidable actresses of the 1980s and 1990s in Bollywood - in fact, the only female superstar the industry has seen.
She is remembered for her performances in some of the iconic Bollywood films like Mr. India, Nagina, Sadma, ChalBaaz, Chandni, Khuda Gawah, among many others in different Indian languages. Sridevi, who made a comeback to Bollywood in 2012 with English Vinglish after a long break of 15 years, was last seen in Mom in 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of the veteran actress saying that she was an incredibly talented and versatile actress. Union Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, also mourned the loss.
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay said that "like millions, he will miss her too".
From southern movie stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, veterans like Lata Mangeshkar, Anupam Kher, Hema Malini and Madhuri Dixit-Nene and younger celebrities like Farhan Akhtar and Alia Bhatt - the celebrities had a sense of disbelief.
"I'm shocked and very disturbed. I've lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend," tweeted Rajinikanth, who featured with her in the memorable ChaalBaaz.
I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridev ... you will be missed.— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) February 25, 2018
Kamal Haasan, her co-star from Sadma - one of her most evocative performances -- said: "Have witnessed Sridevi's life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma's lullaby haunts me now. We'll miss her."
Have witnessed Sridevi's life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificeint lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma's lullaby haunts me now. We'll miss her— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 25, 2018
Her Chandni co-star Rishi Kapoor wrote: "Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!"
Her Mom co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui wrote: "It's a heartbreaking news, can't even imagine in the worst of my dreams - World loses the best performer."
Superstar Aamir Khan was "saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji". He said he has "always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself".
Pakistani stars like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mahira Khan, Adnan Siddiqui and Ali Zafar said that she will live in their hearts and memories forever.
With tears in their eyes, flowers in their hands, her fans had also flocked to her residence here to bid farewell to their Chandni while police officers tried to control the frenzy.
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