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MUMBAI: Sridevi’s last rites: Fans, celebrities pay respects to Bollywood’s first female superstar at prayer meet

The fans and celebrities, who were for a last glimpse of the Bollywood icon since Saturday night, are paying their respects at a prayer ceremony being held at Celebration Sports Club in Andheri West.

Legendary actor Sridevi, whose sudden death triggered a frenzy of grief, disbelief and searching questions, will be cremated today at 3.30 pm at Mumbai’s Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery.

The fans and celebrities, who were for a last glimpse of the Bollywood icon since Saturday night, are paying their respects at a prayer ceremony being held at Celebration Sports Club in Andheri West.

The last journey will commence at 2 pm from Celebration Sports Club to Pawan Hans.

The mortal remains of the veteran actress were flown back to Mumbai on Tuesday after Dubai authorities determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.

Family members, including her film-maker 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.

Sridevi’s mortal remains brought to Celebration Sports Club, where people will pay their last respects to the actor, funeral to take place later today. Sridevi’s native village Meenampatti in Sivakasi residents express grief, says, ‘cannot believe Sridevi has passed away.’

As per her last wishes, Sridevi’s funeral will be all white.  Heavy crowd continues to gather outside Sridevi’s Mumbai residence as fans from across the nation pour in for the last glimpse. The police have increased security around her residence. The road outside her house Green Acres has been cordoned off.

A heavy presence of private and police guards near her house. Sridevi ji helped in brother’s operation for brain tumour. She gave us RS 1 Lakh and got the hospital to given concession for another RS 1 Lakh. Today my brother is alive because of her. I cannot do much for Sridevi Ji, but I can at least be part of her funeral procession: Jatin Valmiki, a visually impaired man from Uttar Pradesh who has been waiting outside Sridevi’s house since last two days.

After clearance from Dubai authorities, family members, including her film-maker 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 DubaiSridevi’s mortal remains arrived in India late last night amid chaos. As the ambulance entered her residence in suburban Andheri, a large number of fans jostled for a glimpse of their favourite actor. Both sides of the road leading to Sridevi’s ‘Green Acres’ residence in Lokhandwala were crowded with her fans, with some even climbing the trees to have a clear view. The ambulance, escorted by three police vehicles, brought the body home from the airport at around 10:30 PM soon after it arrived from Dubai where she died three days ago at the age of 54.

Dubai Public Prosecutor’s Office put an end to speculation about the cause of her death, saying she accidentally drowned in the bathtub following loss of consciousness, and that the “case was now closed”.

Veteran actress Rekha and stepson Arjun Kapoor arrive at Anil Kapoor’s residence. See pictures.

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