Legendary actress Sridevi was cremated with full state honours. The Maharashtra government decided to accord her full state honours at her funeral which took place on Wednesday afternoon, official sources said. The state honours for the actress, who was conferred Padma Shri in 2013, included draping her body in the national tricolour, elaborate arrangements by the Mumbai Police, and a gun salute before the cremation. The entire family, Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, husband Boney Kapoor bid a tearful adieu to the Chandni star.
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Her mortal remains arrived at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala today morning, where her industry peers and admirers paid their last respects to the iconic actor. Mumbai Police also paid their respects to the veteran. The Police band in full dress uniform had arrived at the club before the actor’s final journey. Sridevi’s mortal remains were placed at Celebration Sports Club from 9.30 am and 12.30 pm for members of the public who gathered to pay homage before the funeral, which will be held at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium & Hindu Cemetery.
Legendary actress Sridevi’s mortal remains reached Pawan Hans Crematorium, Vile Parle around 3:30 pm. Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi have reached the Crematorium centre to pay their respects. The crowd gathered outside the venue to catch the last glimpse of the actress is creating a huge chaos.
Thousands of people including celebrities and Bollywood personalities mourned for the actress on Wednesday. Since dawn, hundreds of teary-eyed fans and admirers, some carrying flowers, had started queueing up outside the club for a final ‘darshan’ of their idol. After the flower-bedecked body of Sridevi was brought to the club premises, a steady stream of celebrities started alighting from their vehicles and were whisked inside to pay their last respects. Rekha, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Kajol and other celebs arrived at the venue to bid farewell to Sridevi.
Most were sporting dark sunglasses, carrying flowers or small bouquets. They embraced and sought to console the bereaved family members, quickly moving in from the main entrance and exiting fleetingly from the other side, as fans tried to catch a glimpse. Sridevi’s body was flown to Mumbai from Dubai where she passed away around 11 pm on February 24, and from the airport was taken to the Kapoor residence in Green Acres at the posh Lokhandwala Complex.
The Green Acres complex has cancelled Holi celebrations as a mark of respect for their departed resident. Despite the late hour, several hundreds of fans kept vigil outside the residence when a motorcade including an ambulance reached there. There was chaos outside her residence, as a large number of fans jostled for a glimpse of their favourite actor.