DUBAI: Veteran Bollywood actor Sridevi died late on Saturday in Dubai at the age of 54. According to reports, the late actress’s brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor, confirmed the news of her death adding that her husband, producer Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor were present at the time of her death.
“Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet,” Sanjay Kapoor was quoted as saying.
Latest reports claim that the actress was in her hotel bathroom when she collapsed and was subsequently rushed to the hospital. Her body is still in Dubai and the Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri Suri told media that Dubai Police were engaged in preparing the forensic report and “As soon as they finish the local government’s formalities, we will provide documents from our side, which is death certificate and cancellation of passport.”
Business tycoon Anil Ambani has also reportedly offered to fly the Bollywood legend’s remains back to India on his private jet from Dubai.
The entire Kapoor clan including Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor were present in Dubai for a family wedding which took place last week. However, the rest of the family had left and Sri Devi was in Dubai with her husband and daughter.
Sri Devi sudden and untimely death has left Bollywood in shock and condolences poured in from all over the world. Bollywood stars took to social media to express their feelings.
I am shocked . I have no words. My condolences to the family , friends and fans of cinemas darling … Sridevi ji .. #RIPSridevi
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) February 24, 2018
— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 24, 2018
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 Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2018
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
— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) February 25, 2018
Ye Lamhe , ye pal hum har pal yaad karenge.. ye mausam chale gaye toh hum fariyad karenge.. #RIPSridevi
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) February 25, 2018
Can’t believe this .. I just woke up and heard the news !!! It’s sad and terribly shocking !! I’ve always been such a fan of Sriji !! How fragile is this life we take for granted !! ???
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) February 25, 2018
Shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely demise of one of Hindi cinema’s greatest superstars. I grew up on her movies. She will always be one of my favourite actors of all time. May her soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to her family. RIP #Sridevi
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) February 25, 2018
An icon,legend and superstar actor who was a big inspiration for me. Really shocked with this news. She was always so nice and encouraging. RIP srideviji. Prayers pic.twitter.com/IGoQlD6Txy
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 25, 2018
CANNOT believe this. I have no words. Rip Sridevi ma’am. You were the most beautiful. Strength to Boney uncle, jahnvi, khushi and the whole family.❤️
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) February 25, 2018
Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before entering the Bollywood film industry. She started acting in the late 1960s, but her performance in Malayalam film Poombata (1971) won her the state award for best child artist.
Sridevi made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in Julie and her first adult role was at the age of 13 in Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976). Sridevi went on to become one of the biggest female stars India ever had. The government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, in 2013.
Her most remarkable films include Sadma, Chandni, Himmatwala, ChaalBaaz, Mr India, Nagina, Mawali, Tohfa and Gumrah among others. She was last seen in Mom with Pakistani actors Sajal Aly and Adnan Siddique.
However, according to the Times of India, Sridevi will be making a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film, Zero. The actor will be playing herself and will be sharing the screen with SRK, Alia Bhatt and Karishma Kapoor.
Sridevi is survived by her husband, Boney Kapoor and two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi. She was Boney’s second wife. Her elder daughter Janhvi is set to make her Bollywood debut this year with Karan Johar’s directorial Dhadak.