The body of Bollywood actor Sridevi, whose sudden death triggered a frenzy of grief, disbelief and searching questions, was flown back to Mumbai on Tuesday after Dubai authorities determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.
Family members, including her filmmaker husband Boney Kapoor and stepson Arjun Kapoor, brought her body in a private jet after three days of uncertainty over her unexpected death on Saturday in Dubai.
Thereafter, the actor’s body was taken to her residence in Lokhandwala. A huge crowd of fans was already waiting outside her home in the city. Earlier in the day, Dubai Prosecutor’s Office ruled out any foul play in her death and released the body to her family. Family members, including her film-maker husband Boney Kapoor and stepson Arjun Kapoor, took the body from the morgue, got it embalmed and flew back home. The cremation is scheduled tomorrow around 3.30 p.m.
Sridevi, known as Indian cinema’s first woman superstar, leaves behind her husband Boney Kapoor and their two daughters Jahnvi and Khushi. In its statement, the family said Sridevi’s body will be kept at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala near her home for people to pay their last respects from 9:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. before it is taken for cremation. The family said media can also pay their respects “provided camera, recording devices, etc are left outside the venue”. “The last journey will commence at 2 pm from Celebration Sports Club to Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery,” it said.