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Sridevi death: Actor’s mortal remains kept at her Green Acres house, funeral tomorrow

The body of late actor Sridevi was brought back to India on Tuesday night by a private jet. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday. Here are the latest updates.

bollywood Updated: Feb 28, 2018 09:08 IST
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Sridevi’s body is expected to reach India on Tuesday.(AFP)

The mortal remains of Bollywood actor Sridevi reached Mumbai on Tuesday night.

The body was to be repatriated on Monday but there was a delay in submission of post mortem and toxicology reports. Boney Kapoor’s son Arjun Kapoor had joined his father in Dubai for the completion of official process.

Sridevi’s funeral will be held in Vile Parle’s crematorium ton Wednesday around 3:30pm.

Here are the details:

11:35pm: As per a statement released by the Kapoor family, Sridevi’s body will be kept at the Celebration Sports Club, Garden No 5, Lokhandwala Complex in Mumbai from 9:30am to 12:30pm for the friends and family to pay their last respect to her. Her funeral will take place at 3:30pm.

10:37pm: The vehicle carrying Sridevi’s body reaches her Lokhandwala house. Her funeral will take place at Vile Parle crematorium tomorrow at 3:30pm.

10:16pm: Sridevi’s mortal remains have been received by her family at the airport. Her body has been taken to her Lokhandwala house.

9:42pm: Sonam Kapoor is with Anil Kapoor to receive Sridevi’s body at the airport. The actor’s body will be kept at her Green Acres house in Lokhandwala.

9:32pm: The private jet carrying late actor Sridevi’s body has landed in Mumbai. Anil Kapoor and other members of the Kapoor family are there to receive the body. Industrialist Anil Ambani is also at the airport.

9:24pm: Sridevi’s body is expected to reach Mumbai soon. Sanjay Kaporo and Arjun Kapoor are travelling with Boney Kapoor from Dubai.

8:53pm: Boney Kapoor’s brother and actor Anil Kapoor reached Mumbai airport. The jet carrying Sridevi’s body will arrive near gate number 8.

8:42pm: Sridevi’s body is being flown back in a Reliance Transport Embraer jet 135BJ which had reached Dubai on Sunday at 3:15pm to carry her mortal remains, but had to stay back because the Dubai Prosecutor’s Office was still investigating the case involving her death. The plane took off from Dubai International airport at 5.30pm local time or 7.00pm India time and is scheduled to land at 10.10pm, according to flightaware.com which tracks all flights through their transponders.

8:22pm: Security beefed up outside gate number 8 of Mumbai airport. CISF crowd control personnel will be present around the gate during the landing of aircraft carrying Sridevi’s body. An ambulance from Kokila Ben Hospital is allowed inside airport from gate no 8.

8:01pm: The Embraer aircraft belonging to Anil Ambani’s ADAG group departed from Dubai at around 7 pm (IST), a senior Mumbai airport official said. It is expected to land in Mumbai at around 9.30 pm. The mortal remains of arguably the first woman superstar of the silver screen will be kept at the Sports Club Garden in Lokhandvala Complex in the western suburb of Andheri where people can pay their last respects from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm tomorrow.

7:40pm: Actor Rani Mukerji remembered Bollywood diva Sridevi as a “guiding light” in her life, saying her untimely death is the most painful thing she has dealt with after her father’s demise. “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. The love she had for me was so tremendous and intense that I feel somewhere I have lost a guiding light in my life. She has been my inspiration personally and professionally. She was very close to me. She was like my ‘maasi’. She was someone I looked up to. I just feel there is one more person I have lost in my life I loved and who loved me back,” Rani told PTI.

7:22pm: Private jet carrying late Bollywood actor Sridevi’s body leaves Dubai. “After completion of all local processes, mortal remains of Sridevi are now enroute to Mumbai,” said Navdeep Suri, Indian Envoy to UAE, to ANI.

7:04pm: In a detailed statement, the Kapoor family said Sridevi’s body will be kept at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala for people to pay their last respects before it is taken for cremation. “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,” the statement read.

6:44pm: Condolence meeting for late Sridevi will be held at 9:30am on Wednesday, said a statement from the Kapoor family. Cremation of the body will take place at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery, Next to Pawan Hans, SV Road, Vile Parle West around 3:30pm tomorrow.

6:34pm: Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarker has expressed his grief over Sridevi’s sudden demise. In a conversation with ANI, he said, “Loss of Sridevi Ji will leave huge void in film industry. Dubai police has closed the case & her mortal remains will finally arrive by tonight. It’s a very sensitive issue. All these speculations must stop since family, children, fans are involved.”

6:12pm: A crowd is gathered outside Sridevi’s house in Lokhandwala. Fans in her native village in Tamil Nadu are also mourning her death. Her body is expected to leave the Dubai airport soon. According to Airport Operations Control Centre, non scheduled special flight carrying the mortal remains of Sridevi will arrive Mumbai around 8.30pm.

5:44pm: Film director Anees Bazmi, who has worked with late Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor on No Entry, was among the visitors at Anil Kapoor’s house today. “It is a big shock for everyone. I have worked with the entire Kapoor family. I can’t imagine what Boneyji would be going through at this point. He loved her very much. Their two daughters are so young. It is a sad situation,” said Anees Bazmee to PTI.

5:30pm: Earlier in the day, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar reached Anil Kapoor’s house to pay his respect to late actor Sridevi. Akshay Kumar and Sridevi worked in a film titled Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahi. Sridevi’s body has reached the Dubai airport and is likely to reach India late evening.

Photo: IANS

5:12pm: Sridevi’s body is expected to reach Mumbai late evening by Anil Ambani’s chartered plane near gate number 8 at the Mumbai airport. Embalming report says body is fit to travel.

4.46pm: Sridevi’s body is being taken to the airport by her family for a flight back to India.

4.33pm: Sridevi’s body arrives at embalming unit in Muhaisna. It will take a few hours before the process is complete.

4.06pm: Estimated time of departure from Dubai is 6.30pm IST as per filed flight plan. The family will return with Sridevi’s body on a chartered plane belonging to industrialist Anil Ambani. Her funeral is expected on Wednesday in Mumbai at Pawan Hans in the city.

3.47pm: Dubai police closes case in the death of Bollywood star Sridevi. “Dubai Public Prosecution stressed that all regular procedures followed in such cases have been completed. As per the forensic report, the death of the Indian actress occurred due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness. The case has now been closed,” Dubai Media Centre tweeted.

“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 added.

3.36pm: Kapoor family receives Sridevi’s body. It is now on its way to the embalming centre in Muhaisna. The process of embalming will take 4-5 hours after which, her body will be flown back to India in a chartered plane.

3.10pm: Members of the Indian consulate and the Kapoor family arrive at the morgue to collect Sridevi’s body, reports Khaleej Times.

2.50pm: Indian consulate in Dubai has confirmed that the body will now be sent for embalming. Their tweet said, “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.”

2.34pm: Dubai police hands over release letters for Sridevi’s body to the Indian consulate and the Kapoor family. The body will now be sent for the embalming procedure, tweeted Khaleej Times.

2.20pm: A senior prosecutor told Gulf News that the case is being treated like any other. “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 person’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 practised and applied justly and equally on all individuals present on the land of the UAE,” the prosecutor said.

2.00pm: Simi Grewal has pointed out similarities between the deaths of Whitney Houston and Sridevi in a tweet. Read full story here.

1.40pm: Investigators in Dubai are looking into the circumstances of actor Sridevi’s death and have already spoken to hotel staff after taking husband Boney Kapoor’s statement. The official position is that the body will be released only after all questions are answered, reports India Today.

1.22pm: Kapoor family releases statement: “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. We will keep you posted with further updates when we receive more information from the family. Thank you”

1.10pm: Ram Gopal Varma has written a note in which he talks about Sridevi’s early life as an actor in Bollywood. Read the whole story here: Ram Gopal Varma reveals details of Sridevi’s troubled, less than perfect life in new note

12.55pm: Officials from the Consulate General of India in Dubai and Sridevi’s family members are still waiting for a clearance from the Dubai Public Prosecution. Reports say the clearance may come soon now.

12.30pm: Sanjay Kapoor’s wife Maheep Kapoor reaches Anil Kapoor’s residence where Sridevi’s daughters, Janhvi and Khushi, are also staying.

12.10pm: Farhan Akhtar tweeted about the insensitive media coverage on Sridevi’s death on Sunday. “There’s no bottom in the barrel of the graceless,” he tweeted.

12.00pm: Anupam Kher, Waheeda Rehman and more arrive at Anil Kapoor’s residence.

Anupam Kher at Anil Kapoor’s residence..
Waheeda Rahman at Anil Kapoor’s residence. (HT Photo)

11.06am: According to News 18, Sridevi’s funeral is likely to be further delayed as the Dubai police informed the Indian Embassy that another “clearance” was awaited before the body could be released.

10.54am: A video featuring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi dancing at a wedding has gone viral. The two can be seen swinging to Chittiyabn Kallaiyan while holding each other’s hands. Watch it here.

10.29am: Khaleej Times reports Sridevi’s body is still in the mortuary and needs clearance before it can be sent for embalming.

10.05am: Indian envoy to UAE, Navdeep Suri said they were waiting for the “clearance” from Dubai authorities for the body to be flown back to Mumbai, according to an NDTV report.

9.57am: With over 200 films to her credit across the four southern languages, Sridevi displayed her acting prowess quite early on in her career.

Roles like Mayil and Yavanarani will be hard to forget: A look at Sridevi’s rise in southern cinema

9.40am: Dubai public prosecution has begun a probe into Sridevi’s death, according to a report in Khaleej Times.Her body is at the General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai, where it has been since Sunday. The Dubai Media Office Twitter account posted on Monday evening: “Dubai police assert that the case file was forwarded to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Dubai to take the necessary legal action in accordance with such cases.”

9.00am: Indian ambassador to the UAE asked media to be responsible in reporting about Sridevi’s death. “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. 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,” he wrote in a tweet.

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First Published: Feb 27, 2018 09:17 IST