Hundreds gather to bid adieu to Dev Anand


Legendary Bollywood star Dev Anand, who passed away last week, was cremated in South London on Saturday. Around 300 mourners attended the funeral at a Gothic church converted into a crematorium. People jostled for space at the venue with a seating capacity of less than 100. The spill-over crowd stood silently outside the building in biting cold watching the ceremony on two video screens.
A little after the appointed hour – 11.40am – a Mercedes Hearse slithered into the sprawling cemetery in Wimbledon carrying Dev Anand’s body in a polished wooden coffin. Sahara Group’s Subroto Roy was among those who lent their shoulder to the coffin from the Hearse to the chapel.
Roy laid a wreath, as did London’s Indian Journalists’ Association and Washington Mayfair Hotel, where Anand died on December 3. Eventually, to the playing of a bagpipe – a Scottish tradition – the furnace opened and the coffin disappeared.