Dubai: Bollywood actress Sridevi died on Saturday night after drowning in the bathtub of her hotel room, Dubai Police said. She was 54. Follow the latest updates here...
Reporting by Sajila Saseendran, Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Bassam Za’za’, Ali Al Shouk, Huda Tabrez and agencies
February 28, Wednesday:
Boney Kapoor has shared an emotional note on the demise of his wife Sridevi
6.30pm: The family issues a statement, asking for understanding and requesting media for privacy in these trying times.
Bollywood diva Sridevi who died in Dubai on Saturday was cremated with full state honours, mourned by millions of fans, at the Vile Parle crematorium. Sridevi’s filmmaker husband Boney Kapoor performed the last rites at the ceremony. The couple’s daughters, Jahnvi and Khushi, were by his side.
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3.50pm, UAE time
Last rites begin for Sridevi at the Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium in Mumbai
Industrialist Anil Ambani, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anupam Kher, Arjun Rampal, Vidya Balan, her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur, Farhan Akhtar, Dia Mirza and her husband Sahil Sangha were some of the celebrities present at the crematorium, apart from the close family members of Sridevi.
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3.35pm, UAE time
Sridevi, who smashed into the male-dominated movie industry to become her own star, was given a state funeral on Wednesday.
As an awardee of Padma Shree, India's fourth-highest civilian award (for her "distinguished service" through the film industry), Sridevi was honoured with a state funeral.
The Bollywood icon appeared in around 300 films during her career, which started out when she was 4-year-old child star in south Indian regional movies.— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) February 28, 2018— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) February 28, 2018
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9am, UAE time
Thousands of heartbroken fans lined the streets of Mumbai on Wednesday as India said farewell to Bollywood legend Sridevi following her shock death from accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel bathtub aged just 54.
50 years of Indian film, 50 years of an icon’s journey. Gulf News bids adieu
Some carried roses while others held photos of the late screen icon as they queued patiently to pay their final respects at a condolence service in the western Indian city.
Meanwhile, legends of Hindi cinema, including director Karan Johar, were among the mourners at the Celebration Sports Club in the Andheri West area of Mumbai — the home of the Bollywood film industry.
Sridevi's death shocked not only an entire subcontinent but also her colleagues in the film industry. Her funeral on Wednesday brought stars from both India and Pakistan together to pay their last respects to the Bollywood legend. - Twitter.
Heavy security lined the streets to control the crowds, which included people who had travelled hundreds of kilometres to be there.
Several fans chanted prayers as Sridevi's body was brought the short distance from her home to the club at 9am (0330 GMT).
She is due to be cremated at a private Hindu ceremony later on Wednesday.
Sridevi was considered to be one of the most influential Bollywood actresses of all time and her sudden death at the weekend sparked an outpouring of grief in India.
Tributes poured in from fans and fellow actors as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2018— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2018— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2018— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2018
Condolences from the film fraternity continued to pouring in on Tuesday. After visiting the grieving family, Bappi Lahiri said he worked in 11 Silver Jubilee films with Sridevi, who was "the one and only lady superstar".
"I still can't believe she is no more with us, my heart sinks thinking about it."
He said that he would like to dedicate the song "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna" to her memory. "Never say goodbye! She will always remain an integral part of our industry. She will always remain our superstar."
Waheeda Rehman, who shared screen space with Sridevi in films like "Chandani", "Himmatwala" and "Lamhe", was seen at Anil's Kapoor's Juhu residence. Anupam Kher and "Welcome" director Anees Bazmee were also spotted there, besides "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania" director Shashank Khaitan.
February 27, Tuesday:
Sridevi's body brought to her residence in Mumbai— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2018
Plane with Sridevi’s body lands in Mumbai
Private plane carrying the body of Bollywood actress Sridevi lands in Mumbai. Members of the Kapoor family, led by actor Anil Kapoor, brother-in-law of the actress, were at the airport to receive the body.
‘Let Her Rest In Peace'
A new twitter hashtag #LetHerRestInPeace is trending India urging media to put an end to media’s rampant sensationalism and speculative reporting while covering the news related to the death of Sridevi in Dubai.
Media persons waiting outside Sridevi's house in Mumbai.
Flight takes off for Mumbai with Sridevi’s body
Special chartered flight carrying Sridevi's body has taken off for Mumbai. Her husband Boney Kapoor and stepson are acoompanying the body.
After completion of all local processes, mortal remains of #Sridevi are now on enroute to Mumbai.
Must acknowledge sterling efforts of CG Vipul and team @cgidubai
Thanks to example set by Min @SushmaSwaraj we quietly do the same for any Indians in distress.
We care.— IndAmbUAE (@navdeepsuri) February 27, 2018
Details of condolence meeting and cremation ceremony provided the family of Sridevi Kapoor
Condolences and last respects:
Date & Time : 28th Feb Wednesday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Venue: Celebration Sports Club
Garden No 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400053
The last journey will commence at 2 pm from Celebration Sports Club to Pawan Hans.
Venue : Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery, Next to Pawan Hans, SV Road, Vile Parle West
Date & Time : 28th Feb 3.30 pm onwards
Statement from Sridevi's family
"Khushi, Janhvi, Boney Kapoor and the entire Kapoor and Ayyappan families are deeply bereaved and shocked with the untimely loss of Sridevi Kapoor. Late Sridevi Kapoor passed away in Dubai, UAE, on Saturday February 24th.
We thank the film fraternity, media, fans of late Sridevi Kapoor and all the well-wishers for their prayers, support and sensitivity during our moment of immense grief. We request you to kindly join us in paying our last respect to a remarkable actor, beloved wife and loving mother."
Boney Kapoor to fly with Sridevi’s body in an hour
Sridevi’s body reached Dubai International Airport. The private jet carrying her body and her family members will take off by around 5:30pm, sources confirmed to Gulf News.
Sources also confirmed that Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and his son Arjun Kapoor are accompanying her body on its final journey from Dubai to Mumbai.
Ambulance carrying Sridevi's body is now on the way to the airport on her final journey home.
The ambulance carrying her body has left the embalming centre in Muhaisnah and is now en route to the airport from where she will be flown on a private jet to Mumbai.
The embalming certificate of Sridevi issued by the Dubai Health Authority.
Embalming of Sridevi's body has been done. The embalming was conducted at the Medical Fitness Centre in Muhaisnah. Her body was released after the procedure and taken by ambulance to the airport.
The Public Prosecutor's Office in the Emirate of Dubai has decided to hand over the body of Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor to her relatives on Tuesday after the investigation into her death was concluded.
The case is considered closed.
النيابة العامة في #دبي: قرار الإفراج عن الجثمان جاء بعد اتمام كافة التحقيقات والأمور الإجرائية المتبعة في مثل تلك الحوادث، للوقوف على كافة ملابساتها وضمان تحقيق العدالة في إطار القانون.— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 27, 2018
In a tweet, the Dubai Media office said: “The Public Prosecutor's Office in Dubai said: 'The decision to release the body came after all the investigations and procedural matters followed in such incidents were completed, in order to determine all its circumstances and ensure that justice was done within the framework of the law'.”
Authorities in Dubai have just given the go-ahead to repatriate the body of Indian actress Sridevi.
Sources confirmed to Gulf News that a no objection certificate to release the mortal remains of the celebrated actress was handed over to the representatives of the Indian Consulate and her family at around 12.45pm.
A view of the embalming center under the Dubai Health Authority.
At 12:57pm the Indian consulate tweeted that the Dubai Police has handed over the Consulate and the family members letters for the release of the mortal remains of the Indian cinema icon Sridevi Boney Kapoor so that they can proceed for embalming.
The document was handed to them at the Bur Dubai police station, which received the same from Dubai Public Prosecution.
Dubai Police on Monday transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution after it was found that Sridevi had died due to accidentally drowning in the bathtub inside her hotel room. This necessitated further legal procedures and clearances for flying her mortal remains to India.
It is expected that her body will soon be shifted from the mortuary in Dubai Police Headquarters to the Medical Fitness Centre in Muhaisnah for embalming.
Update: Dubai Police has handed over the Consulate and the family members letters for the release of the mortal remains of the Indian cinema icon Sridevi Boney Kapoor so that they can proceed for embalming.— India in Dubai (@cgidubai) February 27, 2018
Sridevi's stepson and Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has landed in Dubai this morning to be with his father Boney Kapoor, his publicist confirmed to Gulf News.
"Arjun has gone to Dubai this morning to be with his father at the hotel while the formalities are being wrapped up and to oversee the return journey," said a statement issued on behalf of the Kapoor and Marwah family.
Boney Kapoor is currently waiting to repatriate his wife's body back to India for the funeral.
Arjun Kapoor who made his debut in Ishaqzaade has acted in his father's production Tevar. Watch this space for more.
By Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Chief Reporter
Dubai: By 11:20am Tuesday morning, Dubai prosecutors haven't issued a written approval allowing the family of Sridevi to collect her body, pending further law enforcement procedures, a senior prosecutor told Gulf News.
“Procedures in such accidental cases are very normal. Based on the findings and results of the police procedures and post-mortem report, prosecutors will decide on the next step. However, the public and the media should be aware that the law in such incidents require certain and very particular law enforcement procedures that has to be carried out prior to issuing a written approval to have the body of the late Indian actress or any other deceased’s body released. Primarily and principally speaking, the family’s privacy must be respected and secondly, the authorities’ procedures and efforts must also be respected. This incident, is being treated like all other similar incident, since Dubai’s law enforcement officers and organisations treat all cases and involved individuals in the same manner ... law enforcement procedures are practiced and applied justly and equally on all individuals present on the land of the UAE,” said the senior prosecutor.
By Bassam Za’za’, Legal and Court Correspondent
What is Embalming?
Sridevi's body has to be embalmed after it is released for repatriation to Mumbai.
But why is embalming so essential ?
A Dubai doctor under condition of anonymity explained that embalming was a branch of forensic medicine where a body was coated with a special embalming fluid . He said: "Embalming is carried out in the UAE strictly at a designated government health centre."
Usually when an individual dies he or she is buried or cremated the same day. However, in cases where the body needs to be preserved for long distance transportation or in cases of dignitaries for viewing it needs to be preserved .
Elaborating on the process the doctor said: "All fluids including blood is emptied out of the body cavities and a fluid which maybe anything as basic as formaldehyde or a combination of preservatives is applied to the mortal remains to prevent any decay."
Usually the potency of the formulation depends on the number of hours it requires to be preserved .
In the UAE, many of expatriates prefer to repatriate the remains of their loved ones so embalming becomes vital.
By Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Senior Reporter
Uncertainty is continuing in the repatriation of Indian actress Sridevi as legal formalities are yet to be finished.
Authorities are yet to issue a clearance letter to release her body for embalming and subsequent repatriation, sources said on Tuesday morning.
Consul General of India in Dubai, Vipul, confirmed to Gulf News shortly after 10.15am that the mission had not received any update on the same.
"We are still waiting for information from the Bur Dubai police station about the clearance. They will inform us when they receive it from the public prosecution."
He said the consulate representatives were on standby to collect the document and submit it to the mortuary at Dubai Police Headquarters.
Once the no objection certificate for releasing the body from mortuary is received, Sridevi's mortal remains would be taken to the embalming unit in the Medical Fitness Centre in Muhaisanah.
Police take Boney Kapoor’s statement
Sources told Gulf News that Dubai Police called in Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor to Bur Dubai police station for investigation. Police took his statement after which he was allowed to go back to his hotel room.
Indian diplomatic officials told Gulf News they are trying their best to get all approvals so that the body is repatriated later tonight.
However, they were unable to provide a definite time for the repatriation of the body.
The media interest in untimely demise of #Sridevi is understandable. But the frenzy of speculation does not help. Imp to note that:
1. We are working with local authorities to ensure that mortal remains can be sent to India at the earliest. We are on the job.
1/2— IndAmbUAE (@navdeepsuri) February 26, 2018
2. We are in regular contact with the family of #Sridevi and other well- wishers. We share their pain.
3. Our experience in similar cases tells us that it does take 2-3 days to complete processes
4. We leave it to the experts to determine cause of demise
Let's be responsible— IndAmbUAE (@navdeepsuri) February 26, 2018
Flowers placed outside Dubai Police’s Forensic Medicine Department. Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
Repatriation ‘open ended’
India’s Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri in an earlier interview with the Indian media had said that they had got clearance from Dubai authorities to repatriate Sridevi’s mortal remains. However a diplomatic source said that with the new development of the case being referred to the Public Prosecution, the repatriation issue is now open ended. He added that the Indian Embassy is in talks with the Dubai authorities to get clearance and is hopeful it will happen soon.
What is the procedure in such cases?
A chief prosecutor told Gulf News: “In such accidental death incidents, the results of the post-mortem and forensic examination reports are referred to the Public Prosecution as part of ordinary law enforcement procedures. The papers are revised by the prosecutors of the jurisdiction where the incident happened. An official order to hand over the body of the deceased to the family or relatives is issued shortly after that.”