Cinema icon Sridevi cremated with state honours

Mumbai: Thousands of fans joined a long procession to mark the final journey of veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi, which started from near her residence to a crematorium in Vile Parle this afternoon.
A tall, air-conditioned truck, fully decorated with white flowers — her favourite colour — carried her body which was first draped in the national Tricolour and then accorded a police gun salute, as cries of “Sridevi Amar Rahe” rent the air.
Maharashtra government has accorded full state honours for the funeral of Sridevi, who was conferred a Padma Shri in 2013, which included draping her body in the national Tricolour, elaborate arrangements by the Mumbai Police, and a gun salute before the cremation.
Inside, Sridevi was lying serene with full make-up, a large south Indian style ‘sindoor’ wearing a ceremonial gold and maroon Kanjeevaram sari, a necklace, since she died a ‘suhaagan’ (still married), and almost appeared like a goddess in a deep slumber.
Her grieving family members, including husband Boney Kapoor, his son Arjun Kapoor and brothers Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor were among those who travelled in the truck with the body.
The approximately six km long journey was expected to be completed by 3.30pm as the truck slowly wend its way through some of the poshest areas of Andheri and Vile Parle suburbs, a massive portrait of Sridevi visible from a distance as the truck moved ahead.
The procession was led by several family members, close relatives, friends and even neighbours of the Green Acres CHS where the family lived in Lokhandwala Complex.
Earlier, Sridevi’s body was kept for three hours at the Celebrations Sports Club, where thousands joined to pay their last respects.
The final journey commenced around 2pm to the Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery on SV Road, where it will reach around 3.30pm.
Many mourners, including Bollywood personalities, politicians and business persons, grieved for the queen of the silver screen Sridevi and prepared to bid her a final goodbye.
Since dawn thousands of teary-eyed fans and admirers of the late actress, many carrying flowers, had queued up outside the Celebration Sports Club for a final ‘darshan’ of their idol.
After the flower-bedecked body was brought to the club premises a steady stream of celebrities came in their vehicles and where whisked inside to pay their last respects.
Among the early callers seen were Rekha, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Arbaaz Khan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Akshaye Khanna, Tabu, Farah Khan, Nitin Mukesh, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vidya Balan, Sushmita Sen, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Leela Bhandsali, Jackie Shroff, Farhan Akhtar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, John Abraham, Ajay Devgn and Kajol, Anupam Kher and Sulabha Arya, among many others.


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