Sridevi’s funeral: Police baffled as fans throng in large numbers

Sridevi’s body was brought from her home to the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala for fans and celebrities to pay their final respects.
Crowd during Sridevi Kapoor funeral procession outside Celebration club in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Crowd during Sridevi Kapoor funeral procession outside Celebration club in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2018 11:48 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByYesha Kotak

Thousands of grieving fans from all over the country attended the funeral of India’s first female superstar Sridevi on Wednesday. The police made traffic and security arrangements, expecting not more than 3,000 people to attend the last rites of the 54-year-old actor, who died of drowning after falling unconscious in Dubai hotel on Saturday. After a delay of three days, her body was flown from Dubai on Tuesday.

“We had expected around 2,000-3,000 people to attend the last rites of Sridevi, we didn’t expect so many people will turn up,” said a police official. As many as 3,200 personnel from various security agencies were deployed on the funeral procession route starting from the actor’s residence at Lokhandwala in Andheri to a crematorium in Vile Parle. There were instances when the crowds turned unruly and the police had to resort to lathi charge to control them.

The actor’s fans came from different parts of the country. Sridevi’s body was brought from her home to the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala for fans and celebrities to pay their final respects. Her body was draped in a Kanjeevaram red-and-gold saree. People had to wait for at least 50 minutes before paying their last respects to Sridevi at the cub, which was, to the dismay of fan, shut at 12.30pm

Many fans climbed trees, skywalks, terraces and walls to watch the procession. Among them were members of the queer community, who considered her an icon. Some star-gazers were disappointed as when they were not allowed to get closer to the body. Holding a bouquet and a newspaper clipping, Santacruz resident Shekhar Shetty said, “We have been waiting here for more than three hours, but we are now asked to leave even without paying our last respects. They can’t ask us to leave. She was a famous actress from the south,” said Shetty.

Jamuna Chakraborty, who played the role of a florist in the movie Meri Biwi ka Jawaab Nahi starring Sridevi and Akshay Kumar, was in the crowd, recollecting the actor’s charming personality on the set. “Though she was selective in speaking to people, she would always enquire about her co-workers and ask them to be happy and live life to the fullest,” said Chakraborty.

Rahat Shaikh, resident of Lokhandwala, had waited for three hours for darshan, but was upset after fans were asked to leave the sports club.

Some fans were left fuming because they could not get close to the hearse. Sridevi’s daughters Janhvi and Khushi, husband Boney Kapoor, brother-in-law Anil Kapoor, step son Arjun Kapoor, her nephew Mohit Marwah, whose wedding she had gone to attend in Dubai, and his father Sandeep Marwah were on the flower-draped hearse .

In a statement, after the funeral, the Kapoor family thanked everyone for the love.

“We ask that you respect the privacy of the family and allow us the space to grieve.”

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Rebel Shiv MLAs celebrate after announcement of Eknath Shinde's name as the next chief minister of Maharashtra in Goa. (PTI Photo)

    Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde rebukes MLAs for dancing atop tables

    Deepak Kesarkar, an MLA who represents Sawantwadi, said that after his return from Mumbai on Thursday night, the newly sworn-in chief minister asked the MLAs to behave in a “more mature fashion”.

  • Soon after the HC’s ruling, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) chopped 98% of the 2,185 trees in that site (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

    Maharashtra: Metro-3 depot back in Aarey Colony

    In October 2019, the Bombay high court (HC) quashed a clutch of petition by environmentalists that sought to declare a 33-acre plot in the city’s green lung as a legal forest under the Indian Forest Act (1927). This patch was demarcated in 2013 to construct a car shed for the upcoming Metro 3 line.

  • Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. (HT photo by Vijayanand gupta/FILE)

    How Bal Thackeray handled rebellion in ranks

    If there is something that stands out in the rebellion led by Eknath Shinde and his predecessors like Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray, it is the way in which the Shiv Sena leadership and even the ordinary Shiv Sainik responded to the crisis. If in the past the grassroots workers rallied around Balasaheb Thackeray, Sena leaders today admit to a virtual paralysis that has set in the party following the mass desertions led by Eknath Shinde.

  • The Income Tax notice follows summons by the Enforcement Directorate to him in 2019 ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

    Sharad Pawar gets I-T notice over poll affidavits; terms it ‘love letter’

    Terming the notice as a “love letter”, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said it showed the qualitative difference with which central agencies act towards leaders of the opposition and those in the government.

  • Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. (ANI)

    'Will ensure justice...': K'taka minister on reports of two sisters stripped

    Karnataka home minister Araga Janendra said Friday he had only just received information about an alleged assault on two women in Anekal, a town in Bengaluru district. The sisters were allegedly stripped and assaulted at their home for failing to pay a debt. Multiple media reports have said the police refused to file a complaint for two days and only did so after videos of the assault were widely shared online.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, July 02, 2022