The air outside Sridevi's residence is heavy with grief as fans of the veteran actor continue to queue up to catch one last glimpse of their 'Chandni'.
Sridevi, 54, died late at Saturday night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding.
Ever since the news broke out, Sridevi's Lokhandwala home - where she used to live with her husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters Janhvi and Khushi - witnessed a steady stream of ardent fans assembling outside her house to pay their respects.
Her mortal remains will be brought back to India and it will reach Mumbai airport around 8:00 pm. Her funeral will take place in Juhu.
Confirming the news, a source close to the family said, "Yes it's true. She was in Dubai while some of the other family members came back to India. We hear it's cardiac arrest."
While some of her family members returned from Dubai after the wedding, Sridevi, Boney and her younger daughter Khushi stayed back. Her elder daughter -- Janhvi -- had not travelled with the family because of the shooting schedule for her upcoming Bollywood film, her first in the industry.
The news has left India in shock as the actress not only ruled hearts of Bollywood fans but also commanded the love of Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films fans.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of the legendary actress. "Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace," he tweeted.
Shocked to hear of the passing of movie star Sridevi, President Ram Nath Kovind sent his condolences to her family and close associates. "She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as Moondram Pirai, Lamhe and English Vinglish remain an inspiration for other actors," President Kovind said on Twitter.
Here are the latest updates on the demise of 'Hawa Hawai' Sridevi:
09:51 pm: There are reports that the mortal remains of Sridevi might reach Mumbai tonight at 01:30 am.
09:26 pm: 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
09:22 pm: Officials revealed that Sridevi's autopsy is complete, her family is now awaiting laboratory reports conducted by the General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai.
09:21 pm: Sridevi’s body likely to be flown back to India on Monday. According to reports, Sridevi’s body could not be repatriated on Sunday as the final investigation reports from Dubai Police were not ready by late evening. Dubai Officials informed that as per usual protocols, these tests take up to 24 hours in the case a person has died outside a hospital in Dubai
08:31 pm: Dubai officials informed that as per usual protocols, these tests take up to 24 hours in the case a person has died outside a hospital in Dubai.
07:35 pm: Sridevi's last rites to take place tomorrow at 12 noon in Mumbai. Mortal remains will arrive in Mumbai at around 11 pm tonight.
03:45 pm: It is an irreparable loss. She was an icon. It is a loss for the entire country. She was a role model & her work will live forever. She was a jewel like Kohinoor: Navjot Singh Sidhu
1:55 pm: Anil Ambani has offered to fly back the kith and kins of Bollywood legend's back to India on his private jet from Dubai.
12:53 pm: She was a very close friend of mine. I am really sad at her demise. This is a big loss. She was a born actor: Rajinikanth
12:47 pm: Huge crowd has gathered outside superstar's house. Two police vans have been stationed and the security, too, has been beefed up to avoid any commotion outside her residence.
12:45 pm: Meanwhile, no celebrity has visited her residence yet, reports PTI.
12:43 pm: According to an Airports Authority of India source, a private jet is being flown to Dubai to carry the late actor's mortal remains.
The aircraft which will bring Sridevi's body is likely to depart from Mumbai around 1 pm and will arrive in Dubai at 4 pm. It is expected to reach Mumbai around 8 pm.
12:38 pm: Mortal remains of Sridevi expected to be brought via a chartered flight today evening: Mumbai Airport Sources to ANI
12:30 pm: Dubai's Rashid Hospital is yet to issue the death certificate, pending medical formalities underway.
12:00 pm: Sridevi fell in the bathroom of her room in Dubai's Emirates Tower hotel at around 11.30 pm (local time). She was declared dead on arrival at the Rashid Hospital.
11:47 am: I really have no words, I am still not able to comprehend this loss, just can't imagine what the family is going through: Adil Hussain, Actor
11:40 am: Sridevi who acted in Telugu, Hindi & several other Indian languages films had captivated the cine-goers with her acting skills & earned countless fans: Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao on Sridevi
11:00 am: Right now, police are engaged in forensics report. We are in touch with the family & local authorities to provide all possible assistance: Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Singh Suri to ANI
09:18 am: Shocked to hear about the sudden and untimely death of one of India’s favourite actress, Sridevi. Sridevi was an incredibly talented and versatile actress whose vast body of work spanned a range of genres and languages. My condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace: Rahul Gandhi
09:00 am: 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: Kamal Hasan
08:55 am: Whatever movies she did, her performances were unmatched. My heartfelt condolences to her family.The entire industry is in 'Sadma' by hearing this news: Ashoke Pandit, Filmmaker
08:45 pm: 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: Megastar Rajinikanth tweeted.
08:37 am: I have no words to express how i feel. We have grown up seeing her. It is difficult to digest that she is not with us. My heartiest condolences to her family: Sachin Tendulkar
08:30 am:As a multi lingual actress, especially for the Telugus, she became the most favorite heroine. She remains as a proud actress of India with her unparalleled acting skills: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
08:10 am: Sridevi - a powerhouse of acting , a long journey embellished with success comes to a sudden end. My condolences to her loved ones and fans: Smriti Irani, Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Information & Broadcasting and former TV actor
Shocked beyond words to hear about the sad and untimely demise of #Sridevi. A dream for many, had the good fortune of sharing screen space with her long ago and witnessed her continued grace over the years. Thoughts and prayers with the family. RIP 🙏🏻— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2018
07:50 am: Shocked by the sudden passing of superstar @SrideviBKapoor … She will always live on in the hearts of her adoring public but she was far too young to be snatched away from her family. It will take a long time to digest such unbelievable news: Shashi Tharoor
07:45 am: Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as Moondram Pirai, Lamhe and English Vinglish remain an inspiration for other actors. My condolences to her family and close associates: President Kovind
07:25 am: Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace: PM Modi on Twitter
Fans gather outside the residence of #Sridevi in Andheri who has passed away due to cardiac arrest. Say 'We are shocked and still cannot believe the news of her death. Very saddened and pained about her demise. Her acting skills were remarkable' pic.twitter.com/H059IQJM0F— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2018
Ye Lamhe , ye pal hum har pal yaad karenge.. ye mausam chale gaye toh hum fariyad karenge.. #RIPSridevi— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
Shocked and devastated. An amazing talent and my favourite performer passes on. A tremendous loss to the industry.— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) February 24, 2018
“Bijli giraane main hoon aayi, kehte hain mujhko hawa Hawaii” RIP dear #Sridevi. pic.twitter.com/nBrhmAlPlz
Deeply saddened and shocked to hear about #Sridevi Ji. My prayers and condolences to the family.— Johny Lever (@iamjohnylever) February 24, 2018
BREAKING | Bollywood actress #Sridevi Kapoor passes away— India TV (@indiatvnews) February 24, 2018
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