Mumbai: After top-notch celebrities paid their condolences to Sridevi in the morning, her funeral proceedings have now begun.
Deccan Chronicle exclusively got a glimpse of the mortal remains entering the funeral venue.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan also offered his condolences.
She lay in state at the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala -- a short distance from her home -- till 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon to allow fans and stars a last glimpse after her untimely death in Dubai on Saturday night.
There was a mile-long queue that walked solemnly through the barricades towards the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala, holding posters and flowers.
Guided by some excellent police bandobast, people entered the large hall where she was kept under a white canopy of tuberoses. It was the actor’s wish to go out in dazzling white. She lay under the canopy on the flower bed of a casket. She was draped in white, magenta, and gold silk.
Sridevi's final journey was in a decorated truck carrying the iconic actor's mortal remains to the Vile Parle crematorium. Before she left, the Mumbai Police band accorded state honors to the late actress and wrapped her body in the tricolour.
The mortal remains of Bollywood icon Sridevi, whose sudden death triggered a frenzy of grief, disbelief and searching questions, was flown back to Mumbai on Tuesday after Dubai authorities determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.
Family and well-wishers arrived in hordes to pay their last respects to legendary actress Sridevi in Mumbai after her untimely death in Dubai on Saturday night.
The darshan held for the actress ended at 12.30 pm. It was followed by a puja. Post the puja, Sridevi's final journey commenced from Celebration Sports Club to Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery.
Meanwhile, As a mark of respect to Sridevi, her Mumbai residence, Green Acres Co-op housing society has cancelled their annual Holi function. The notification was shared on their notice board today morning. It further reads - There will be no music, rain, dance, colored water exchanges or the usual community lunch.
The families gave out a statement which read, “The past few days have been trying times for us as a family. Today, particularly, has been one of the hardest. We laid to rest a beautiful soul who has gone too soon. She leaves behind a legacy that is unique. Her talent was undeniable, her beauty unmatched and her ability to connect with the audience was legendary. Sri had the same connect with her family as well. The one thing that helped us all get through these last few days, was the amazing amount of love and support from everyone — be it her many colleagues, to her innumerable fans, her caring friends and loving family, from across the country and the world. This outpouring of love is the memory that we would like Khushi and Janhvi to have of their mother… a woman who was loved unquestionably by everyone. Let us all who loved Sri, envelope her two little ones, her life, as she often called them, with as much or more love than we gave Sri so that they can live their lives ahead with a little less ache in their hearts. Let us help them remember their mother fondly, with that beloved twinkle in her eyes, and help them build a life and be what Sri had dreamt for them. To the members of the media, we ask that you respect the privacy of the family and allow us the space to grieve. Sri lived her life with dignity and we implore, that you give her the same respect.”...