Mar 01, 2018

Sridevi embarks on her final journey (Pics)

Bollywood superstar Sridevi’s funeral was held in Mumbai yesterday (28) with full state honours.

Dressed in her favourite red and golden Kanjeevaram saree, and covered by the Indian flag, her body kept in a glass casket before the cortege left for Mumbai’s Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium.

Many artistes from the Southern film industry as well from Bollywood were seen at the condolence meet. Thousands of heartbroken fans line the streets crying while thousands walked along with the hearse all the way to crematorium, a distance of about 7kms. The following are several scenes from the funeral procession.

The actress, 54, died last Saturday in a Dubai hotel and was flown back to Mumbai last night after medical and legal formalities were completed. Her death has been ruled an accident after a post-mortem revealed she drowned in her hotel bathtub.

Sridevi, considered India's first female superstar, made 300 films in several languages over 50 years. She was just 4 when she started out and played her first leading role at the age of 13 in 1976 film Moondru Mudichu, opposite Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. Her illustrious career includes memorable Hindi films such as Sadma, Mr India, Chaal Baaz and Chandni.

Sridevi received the Padma Shri in 2013, a year after she returned to the screen in English Vinglish. She had begun acting again after a break of many years to raise her daughters Janhvi and Khushi. Sridevi was last seen in MOM and filmed a special appearance for Shah Rukh Khan's Zero, releasing in December, before she died.


Dressed in her favourite red and golden Kanjeevaram saree (ANI)


Surrounded by her family members (ANI)


A handful of artistes who came to pay their final tributes to the late legend


Fans Sridevi wait to offer their condolences outside a makeshift memorial in Mumbai. (Danish Siddiqui / Reuters)


Police controlling crowds (Danish Siddiqui / Reuters)


Scenes outside the crematorium (Hindustani Times)


The flower adorned truck carrying the late actress and her family (AP)


Boney Kapoor, husband of Sridevi, traveling beside her casket (EPA)


Massive crowds gather to say their final goodbyes… (Yahoo)


… As a legend departs… (Yahoo)