Sridevi Kapoor’s husband and daughters were seen standing over her body as her funeral in Mumbai, with thousands of heartbroken fans lining the streets following her shock death in a Dubai hotel last week.
The 54-year-old actress drowned in the bath in her hotelroom in Dubai, and after a short investigation local police ruled out foul play, allowing her remains to be returned to India.
Boney Kapoor and the couple’s daughters Jhanvi and Khushi were later seen riding along the casket on a truck while crying fans surrounded the funeral cortege. Allegations from a senior Indian politician that Sridevi’s death had been murder was today slammed by friends of the family, saying the ‘hysterical belief’ had hurt her husband and daughters.
By early Wednesday morning, fans had begun lining up along a security fence outside the private members club near Sridevi’s home where the body has been laid out before the funeral tonight. 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.
‘It’s a shock to believe that she is no more. We want to pay her one last visit today and thank her for all her wonderful performances,’ Nandini Rao, a 32-year-old teacher said.
One mourner, a man who gave his name only as Prashant, arrived at about 7am, hours before anyone was to be allowed in. ‘No matter how long I have to wait, I will wait,’ he said, clutching a small bouquet of flowers.
‘I’ll wait until I’m able to pay my respects. I saw all her movies,’ he said, grief clearly visible on his face.