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Avinash Lohana and Shravan Shah
In one of the biggest funeral processions, on par with Mohammed Rafi’s in July 1980 and Rajesh Khanna in July 2012, as close to 30-40 thousand fans turned up in busloads from as far as Chennai, Hyderabad and Rajasthan for Sridevi’s final journey. Draped in a maroon Kanjeevaram saree, complimented with gold temple jewellery, the actress’s body rested in a glass casket wrapped in the Indian tricolor. It was placed in an open truck decorated with garlands of mogra, her favourite flower, and a life-size portrait of her, which wended through the city’s streets choked with grieving fans towards the Vile Parle crematorium.
The six-kilometre drive which started at Sridevi’s Lokhandwala residence, took over two hours to complete. Craving one last glimpse of their idol, the pan-India star’s legion of admirers clambered up signals and lamp posts, and crowded into the Vile Parle skywalk which was in danger of collapsing. Cries of “sleeping beauty”, “devi” and “Sridevi amar rahe” filled the streets, as family members, including daughters Janhvi and Khushi, husband Boney Kapoor, his brothers, Anil and Sanjay, son Arjun and nephew Mohit Marwah with his new bride Antara, huddled together in the truck looking devastated.
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi were among the first ones to arrive at the crematorium at 3:30 pm. Among other friends and colleagues who attended the funeral were Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Jeetendra, Randhir Kapoor, Imtiaz Ali and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Deepika Padukone accompanied by producer Juno Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra, Vidya Balan with producer-husband Siddharth Roy Kapur, Vivek Oberoi and father Suresh, Neil Nitin Mukesh and father Nitin Mukesh, Shraddha Kapoor with mother Shivangi and brother Siddhanth, Karan Kapadia with aunt Dimple Kapadia, Sara Ali Khan with mother Amrita Singh, Rani Mukerji with choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant were spotted amongst the mourners too.
Among the politicians were Aditya Thackeray with mother Rashmi and Sanjay Nirupam. Industrialist Anil Ambani with wife Tina had been with the family since the body arrived around 9:40 pm from Dubai on Tuesday in his private jet. Sridevi, who was conferred the Padma Shri in 2013, was accorded full state honours, complete with a gun salute. Janhvi and Khushi paid their last respects before the body was consigned to the flames with husband Boney standing by quietly.
The final journey of Sridevi
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