Sridevi funeral news updates: Delay in repatriation of body, embalming postponed till tomorrow

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, considered by many to be one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, has died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai,

FP Staff February 26, 2018 20:35:54 IST
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Sridevi funeral news updates: Delay in repatriation of body, embalming postponed till tomorrow


14:20 (ist)

Boney Kapoor questioned yet again, injury marks found on Sridevi's head: Asianet

According to Asianet, a "deep wound" was found on Sridevi's head. The CCTV footage is also being examined.

12:50 (ist)

Sridevi's life a classic case of how each person's actual life is completely different from how the world perceives it: Ram Gopal Varma 

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who directed Sridevi in films like Great Robbery, Govindhaa... Govindhaa... and Hairaan, says that the late actor has been a "very unhappy woman" and her life was a "classic case of how each person's actual life is completely different from how the world perceives it".

In a personal note on her, Varma says that she was the most desirable woman and the biggest superstar of the country but that's just a part of the story.

Varma says that except for a short glimmer of English Vinglish, Sridevi had been pretty much very unhappy. "She went through so much in her life and due to her early career entry, life never gave her time to grow up at a normal pace," writes Varma.

Read the full note here

12:07 (ist)

Referring cases to Dubai Public Prosecutor is a common procedure: Gulf News

Gulf News quoted a chief prosecutor: “In such accidental death incidents, the results of the post-mortem and forensic examination reports are referred to the Public Prosecution as part of ordinary law enforcement procedures. The papers are revised by the prosecutors of the jurisdiction where the incident happened. An official order to hand over the body of the deceased to the family or relatives is issued shortly after that.”

The report further added that in case of any suspicious foul play, prosecutors would carry out further detailed investigations and decide on any future law enforcement procedures accordingly.

11:46 (ist)

Sridevi's family waiting for clearance letter from Dubai Public Prosecution, says report

Indian Consulate officials told Khaleej Times that the Dubai Police were following usual protocol. However considering the highly sensitive nature of the case, they want be 100 percent sure before handing over the body to the family.

09:35 (ist)

Timeline leading upto Sridevi's death full of inconsistencies

According to the autopsy report, Sridevi died at 10.01 pm on Saturday. There are a few questions that crop up:

- Boney Kapoor found Sridevi unconscious in the hotel bathtub at around 5.30 pm (Dubai time)

- Boney called his friends and the hotel staff for help. Sridevi's body was taken out of the bathtub and they tried to revive her. 

- According to reports, the first call to the police was made at 9 pm. 

- Autopsy report pegs time of death at 10.01 pm. 

- Indian consulate officials, however, told Khaleej Times that the time of death was 11 pm, which widens the time gap even further

- There is no confirmation or any report which confirms that a doctor was called in the ensuing period. Incidentally, Jumeirah Hotel told Firstpost that all of their five-star properties have on-call doctors.

There is an hour gap between the official time of death and the first call made to the police.

07:13 (ist)

Boney Kapoor not interrogated by Dubai Police, cops tells Khaleej Times

According to Khaleej Times, a newspaper based out of UAE, the Dubai Police has claimed that Boney Kapoor was not interrogated. The media reports claiming so are baseless, the paper further reported. 

"As per standard police investigation procedures, director and husband of the late Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, only provided his testimony on Sunday morning. The conversation between police and the director took place when her body was discovered at Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel on the night of her death. However, he was not called by the police on Monday for further interrogation. All media reports regarding further questioning are baseless..."

17:50 (ist)

Now that Dubai Police has released the body for embalming and repatriation, is the probe over? Is it all clear? 

The answer is a NO. And here’s why:

The Dubai police, backed by state of the art equipment and a forensic laboratory that is comparable to anything in the world, have a first rate investigative record and have resolved crimes often in hours of their occurring.

At this moment there is no crime committed but the police will investigate the circumstances that led to Sridevi’s death by drowning. The first step is to send the forensic report to the public prosecutor's office which will assess the merit of the case and then decide on further action. And if they believe that there are persons of interest who can shed light on the issue — whether it concerns the alcohol content in her blood or the reason why the bath tub was reportedly full or even why a friend was called by husband Boney Kapoor rather than the hotel doctor and support staff — they will detain and question anyone they feel can shed light on how she drowned.

There is no guilt or suspicion and it is only procedure and the answers may well clear the air. . 

If there is even a shred of doubt or a grey area they will not allow people to leave the country. The police probe is mutually exclusive from the medical report and the body’s release has no bearing on the police taking further steps.

Much of the mess created in what will now be a trying time for all has been by conjecture. Indian media’s feeding frenzy and the premature conclusion that she died of a cardiac arrest is what has led to the confusion. It would be better to just let the police in Dubai get on with their task and till then a freeze on guesswork would be appropriate.

The author is a Firstpost coloumnist and former editor of Gulf News and Khaleej Times

15:34 (ist)

Forensic reports released to Sridevi's family: Gulf News

According to a report in Gulf Newsthe forensic report of the veteran actor has been handed over to her family and an embassy official. The reports haven't been opened yet.

"It has been sent to the Bur Dubai police station. Both the representatives have gone to the police station with it. Once it is opened by Dubai Police and the information revealed to them, then the next step for the process of repatriation will be decided," the news report claimed.

15:02 (ist)

Indian consulate officials say paperwork to conclude by 3.30 pm: Khaleej Times

The Dubai-based news agency reported that Indian consulate have said the paperwork and all formalities are expected to conclude by 3.30 pm IST after which the Indian side can begin the procedure of bringing Sridevi's mortal remains home. 

The report further said that the embassy official and Saurabh Malhotra, a relative of the Kapoor family, who were called inside the morgue earlier have been asked to leave and come back by 3.30 pm. 

14:18 (ist)

RECAP: Song shoot of Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor's 102 Not Out cancelled as a mark of respect

Director Umesh Shukla says the shooting for the song titled 'Baadduummbaaa' for his upcoming film 102 Not Out was called off on 25 February due to the sudden demise of cine icon Sridevi. 

According to sources, the shooting for the song was scheduled to start on 25 February with actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. The song has been composed by Big B.

When IANS contacted him, Shukla said: "Yes as a mark of respect to the sudden and untimely demise of our legendary actress Sridevi, we decided to cancel our today's song shoot of 102 Not Out. May God give peace to her soul and strength to her family."

14:02 (ist)

Forensic report confirms Sridevi suffered heart attack

The Times of India is reporting that forensic doctors in Dubai have concluded that Sridevi died of a heart attack. The report adds that there is nothing suspicious about the way the superstar passed away, official sources told the media outlet as saying. 

12:46 (ist)

Choreographers Saroj Khan, Remo D'souza reminisce about actress' dance prowess

According to veteran choreographer, Saroj Khan, who had a long and special association with the actress, Sridevi didn’t take things easy and would come fully prepared for her shoot armed with different costumes, wigs and hair dos, and creative ideas — all well in advance. “She was very particular about what would finally be shown on screen and how she will be presented in every song. She would come on shoots with many suitcases. Even for her roles, she dressed appropriately and she always wanted to look the part,” said Khan, who worked with Sridevi on Khuda Gawah, Karma, Lamhe, Nagina and many more.

Well-known choreographer-director, Remo D’souza regrets not getting a single chance to choreograph for Sridevi. Remo, who particularly likes her dance act in Chaalbaaz, says his first encounter with her was during an awards ceremony in Macau three years back. “She had to perform all her popular numbers and I was completely awe-struck by her when she was rehearsing.  She was a totally different person on camera. Towards the end Prabhu Dheva joined her on stage and it was such a delight watching her. She was one of the few actors to take dance to another level because she was proficient at both, western and classical forms. Apart from grace, she would give great expressions which very few can do,” said Remo, further adding, “Now I feel bad for not getting the opportunity to choreograph her. Ahmed was lucky. This regret will always remain with me."

Read full report here

12:30 (ist)

Sridevi's funeral to have 'everything in white' 

ABP News is quoting sources as claiming that Sridevi's last journey will be on a truck filled with white flowers.  The report adds that Sridevi always wanted everything to be in white when she dies and that her family is trying its best to fulfill the last wish.

11:48 (ist)

Delay in release of body not unusual; all procedures laid down by UAE govt being followed

Although the public has so far had very limited access to information about her death and the process of repatriation, reports suggest that all developments with regard to the release of the body are well in sync with general rules and regulations.

To report a death outside a hospital, the UAE police needs to be called immediately, as per the official portal of the UAE government. Forensic reports have to be obtained from the police to investigate the cause of death. The authorities then fill out a death report and move the body to a government morgue.

After the procurement of a death certificate, the document has to be submitted to UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The ministry registers the death and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation attests the death certificate, according to the official govt portal. In Sridevi's case, the forensic procedures were not rushed since she is a high profile personality, reports News18.

11:32 (ist)

The procedure of issuing a death certificate in UAE

After getting the official death certificate, register the death with the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Department of Naturalisation and Residency of the emirate of residence. Ministry of Health and Prevention will register the death, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will attest the death certificate and translation and the Department of Naturalisation and Residency will cancel the visa. The process for registering a death might vary from emirate to emirate and depending on the religion and the residential status of the deceased.

In the case of the death of an expatriate, contact the embassy or consulate of his country in the UAE and inform them about his death for further formalities. Deceased expatriates may be cremated or buried in the UAE or their bodies may be sent to their home countries, on showing the requisite documents.

If you wish the body of the deceased to be flown back to his home country, you will need the death certificate to be translated and duly attested. You will also need an NOC from the embassy or the consulate of the deceased. The diplomatic mission must cancel the passport and register the death in the home country.

10:57 (ist)

Sridevi's body will be ready for repatriation by 3.30 pm IST

According to Khaleej Times, Indian consulate officials have said that after receiving the police clearance and forensic report, the other procedures including, immigration and embalming would be completed in the next 3 to 4 hours.

The officials have confirmed to the UAE-based newspaper that they are hopeful that Sridevi's body will be ready for repatriation with all the completed procedures by 1 to 2pm (Dubai time). 

10:11 (ist)

Manish Malhotra recalls his association with Sridevi

Manish Malhotra recalled his association with actress Sridevi and told News18, "I first met her in 1990 when she was already a superstar and I was beginning my career. Working with an icon I always called “Ma’am” was a turning point in my career, as it was the beginning of many associations and a longstanding friendship beyond work. We have seen each other grow professionally and personally - it was amazing to see the roles she blossomed into, her passion for painting, and the doting wife and mother she was.”

10:01 (ist)

Celebrities continue to reach Anil Kapoor's residence 

According to The Quint, several celebrities, including Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, David Dhawan reached Anil Kapoor’s residence to offer their condolences to the family. 

09:46 (ist)

Mortal remains likely to be handed over after 10.30 am

India Today is quoting the Dubai police department as saying that the autopsy certificate will be received by 8:30-9 am Dubai time (10-10:30 am IST). The report adds that once the report is clear, the mortal remains will be handed over to relatives for the final journey. 

09:18 (ist)

Last moments of Sridevi 

According to a report in Khaleej Times, the legendary actress was getting ready for a dream dinner date with her husband Boney Kapoor in Dubai before she reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest. According to the report, Boney had returned to Dubai in order to give a "surprise" to Sridevi. Both were supposed to return to Mumbai together. 

09:09 (ist)

Fans lose patience as body remains to be flown to India

According to The Indian Express, crowds had gathered outside Sridevi's home in Lokhandwala on Sunday for a glimpse of the deceased superstar. However, awaiting the arrival of the funeral cortège, the dozens of fans finally lost patience.


Feb 28, 2018 - 03:39 (IST)

Sridevi's mortal remains reached her Lokhandwala residence in Mumbai late evening Tuesday and the funeral is scheduled for 3:30 pm today at Ville Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium. Sridevi’s body will be at the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala near her home for fans to pay their last respects from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Sridevi passed away late Saturday night in her hotel room in Dubai. She was in the city to attend a family wedding. Sridevi's fans from within the gilded inner circle of Indian cinema and movie buffs both are clutching at fond memories of the actor as the final hours approach. Downplaying the alleged discord between the two families of film producer Boney Kapoor, the Kapoor family will stand united at Sridevi's funeral, reports ANI. Boney Kapoor's three daughters, Anshula from the first marriage and Khushi and Jhanvi from second marriage to Sridevi, are present together at Boney's brother Anil Kapoor's house. Boney was already married to Mona Kapoor and had two children Arjun and Anshula when he met Sridevi. The producer married Sridevi in 1996, nine years after Sridevi starred in the Kapoor-produced classic Mr India.

Feb 28, 2018 - 00:55 (IST)

Give the family space and time to grieve for their loved one, says Hema Malini

Feb 28, 2018 - 00:52 (IST)

Wednesday, Feb 28 schedule: Condolence meeting for Sridevi at Celebration Sports Club from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm followed by the funeral and last rites at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery from 3.30 pm.

Feb 28, 2018 - 00:44 (IST)

The final hours. #RIPSridevi

Feb 28, 2018 - 00:41 (IST)

Shekhar Kapur on Sridevi's final journey.

Feb 28, 2018 - 00:35 (IST)

Salman Khan at Sridevi's house.

Feb 27, 2018 - 22:21 (IST)

Hundreds of people gather outside Boney Kapoor's residence; security beefed up

Feb 27, 2018 - 22:16 (IST)

Special corridor set up to ensure clear pathway for convoy accompanying Sridevi's body: CNN-News18

The ambulance carrying Sridevi’s mortal remains has left the airport and is being taken to Boney Kapoor’s house in Green Acres, Lokhandwala. According to reports, a special corridor has been created for the ambulance and the convoy accompanying it.

Feb 27, 2018 - 22:14 (IST)

Sridevi's mortal remains being taken to Boney Kapoor's residence 

Feb 27, 2018 - 22:09 (IST)

Watch: Sridevi's mortal remains reach Mumbai Airport 

Latest updates: The Dubai Police recorded the statements of Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor, and the staff of Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in connection with the actor's sudden demise. Boney was present in the room where Sridevi died of "accident drowning" and was reportedly the one who first found her lying unconscious in the bath tub.

Khaleej Times report says that Sridevi's body is likely to reach Mumbai at 7 pm on Monday. The development comes amid reports that the forensic department has not yet submitted the blood test reports of Sridevi.

Earlier in the day, speaking to India Today, Indian officials have confirmed that the body may not be released until late evening as the police is yet to receive the final forensic report. Earlier reports claimed that after receiving the Police Clearance and forensic report, the other procedures including, immigration and embalming would be completed in the next 3 to 4 hours. The officials were hopeful that Sridevi's body will be ready for repatriation with all the completed procedures by 1 to 2pm, Dubai time, which is 3.30 pm Indian Standard Time.

Several southern veteran actors are expected to attend the funeral of Sridevi in Mumbai today. According to latest reports, Rajinikanth has arrived in the city.

India Today reported that Dubai officials will be receiving the final autopsy report at around 10.30 am on Monday.  After the final report, the body will be handed over to the family. According to reports, her cremation will take place at Juhu's Pawan Hans crematorium at noon. A formal death certificate is awaited from the Dubai authorities.

The sudden demise of veteran actor Sridevi has sent shockwaves throughout the Indian film industry with many Bollywood celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan mourning and expressing their condolences.

The actor, who was 54, died late at Saturday night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding.

The news of Sridevi's death spread like wildfire with stars such as her contemporary Madhuri Dixit, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen and Riteish Deshmukh taking to social media to express their grief.

The first one, however, was Amitabh Bachchan who in a cryptic tweet wrote, "Don't know why, feeling a strange restlessness."

The megastar had worked with Sridevi in Khuda Gawah" (1992).

Sridevi funeral news updates Delay in repatriation of body embalming postponed till tomorrow

File image of Sridevi. Twitter

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth tweeted that he had lost a dear friend.

"I'm shocked and very disturbed. I've lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridevi... you will be missed," he wrote.

They together starred in ChaalBaaz and Farishtay among many others.

Kamal Haasan, who worked with Sridevi in Sadma, the Hindi remake of their 1982 Tamil film Moondram Pirai, wrote on Twitter that the lullaby 'Suramayi ankhiyon mein' from the movie haunts him today.

"Have witnessed Sridevi's life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma's lullaby haunts me now. We'll miss her," Haasan wrote.

Her Chandni and Nagina co-star Rishi Kapoor said he is in complete shock to wake up to the news of Sridevi's death.

"Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!" he wrote. The actor has also changed his profile picture to an all-black image in mourning.

Aamir said the actor will always be remembered with love and respect.

"I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji. I have always been a huge fan of her work. Equally I have always been an admirer of her grace and dignity with which she conducted herself.

"My heartfelt condolences to everyone in the family. I join all the millions of her fans in mourning her demise..." Aamir wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Madhuri Dixit, one of Sridevi's contemporaries, also took to Twitter to mourn the demise of the actor.

"Just woke up to the terrible news of Sridevi passing. My heart goes out to her family. The world has lost a very talented person who left behind a huge legacy in film. #RIPSridevi."

"I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day. RIP," tweeted Priyanka, alongside a still of Sridevi from her superhit film Mr India.

Riteish tweeted, Terrible terrible news . Am shocked beyond words. SRIDEVI ji No More RIP, , while Sushmita wrote that she has been inconsolable since the news broke. I just heard Ma'am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock cant stop crying "

Director Shekhar Kapur, who worked with Sridevi in the iconic "Mr India" called the actor's death the end of an era.

"Sridevi... gone. It's like an era is over. Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief," he wrote.

Director Subhash Ghai called the actor "the uncrowned queen of acting in all languages in her times".

"I am deeply grieved for this shocking loss. Sridevi has not been one of the finest actor but the finest actor of indian of cinema since 1985. Introvert by nature, she was electricity with thunder in front of camera. She would shock directors by her each shot taken on her on the sets, may it be dance drama or romance.

"She maintained her dignity and integrity as an actor and person both constantly at any cost in this demanding industry," Ghai said.

Actor-BJP MP Hema Malini said Sridevi's death is a loss to the Indian film industry, which would never be compensated.

"Sridevi's sudden passing away has left me in deep shock. Can't imagine how such a bubbly person, a wonderful actor, is no more.She has left a void in the industry that cannot be filled. Boney is a good friend and I've seen their daughters grow up. My prayers are with the family," she tweeted.

Anupam Kher, who has collaborated with Sridevi in films such as ChaalbaazKarmaLaadla and Chandni among others, said he cannot bring himself to talk about the actor in past tense.

"It is too uncomfortable to talk about someone you liked and admired so much in past tense. Can't talk much now," Kher told PTI.

Hansal Mehta said he was planning to approach the actor with a project but was too late.

"There will never be another #Sridevi. I was about to approach her for a film. That film will now be dedicated to her. If it finds an actor."

Actor Akshay Kumar wrote he had the fortune of working with the actor in "Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin", a film which was shot in 1994 but saw the theatrical release 10 years later.

"Shocked beyond words to hear about the sad and untimely demise of #Sridevi. A dream for many, had the good fortune of sharing screen space with her long ago and witnessed her continued grace over the years. Thoughts and prayers with the family. RIP," Akshay wrote.

Alia Bhatt wrote a condolence message for her "icon" on Twitter.

"Nothing makes sense. I have no words.. just completely shocked. RIP Sridevi. My icon forever. Love you," she tweeted.

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