Mumbai: Shocked celebrities and fans of first female superstar, Sridevi, flocked to the residence of her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor, as they tried to come to grips with the sudden death of the versatile actor who had ruled over hearts and Indian cinema for decades.
Mourners gathered at the Kapoor bungalow, where Sridevi and her husband Boney Kapoor’s daughters, Khushi and Jhanvi, have been staying since on Sunday. Anil Kapoor is Boney Kapoor's younger brother.
Among those who visited the Kapoors to express their grief were filmmakers Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and others such as Resul Pookutty, Saroj Khan and Honey Irani.
Shekhar Kapur, who directed Sridevi in the mega-hit, Mr India, was also present, as were actors Tabu, Ritesh Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Akshara, Shruti Haasan, Ameesha Patel, Divya Dutta and Sara Ali Khan.
Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh were among the visitors.
Sridevi, who had cast a spell on filmgoers with her mesmerising performances in films such as Himmatwala, Chandni, Sadma, Nagina and Chaalbaaz, died in Dubai on Saturday night.
The Dubai government said today she died of “accidental drowning”. Sridevi was 54. Her body was yet to be brought back to Mumbai.
“She went too soon. It is heartbreaking. I am just waiting to see her one last time,” said a 40-year-old fan, Satish Kumar, who said he had travelled all the way from Bikaner in Rajasthan for a final glimpse of the actor.
“She was so beautiful. She used to look magical on screen... I remember watching her in Nagina and going mad over how gorgeous she looked and how well she acted,” he added.
Police officials present at Anil Kapoor’s bungalow said about 150 people from Karnataka arrived here early on Monday to pay homage to the much-loved heroine.
Fans had also come from Telangana but were now stationed outside Sridevi’s Lokhandwala residence.
The police have beefed up security around the Kapoors' bungalow and cordoned off the area for the fans pouring in to bid their last farewell.
Sridevi was getting ready for dinner at the time of incident
As anxious crowds milled around her Mumbai home and stars visited the family to pay their condolences, a Dubai paper on Monday reported that Bollywood superstar Sridevi was getting ready for dinner with husband Boney Kapoor when she suffered a ‘cardiac arrest’.
Boney and Sridevi, 54, were in Dubai to attend nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding.
While most of the extended family as well as Boney and younger daughter Khushi had returned, Sridevi decided to stay back. The elder daughter, Jahnvi, was in Mumbai to complete a shooting schedule.
According to the newspaper, on Saturday, Boney flew back to Dubai to surprise his wife with a dinner, the paper reported.
He reached the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel around 5.30pm (Dubai time) and woke her up and they chatted for about 15 minutes, the report said.
Sridevi then went to the bathroom to get ready. When she didn’t come out for 15 minutes, Boney knocked on the door. He did not get any response and forced open the door, to find her lying motionless in the bathtub that was full of water.
“He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend. After that, he informed the police at 9 pm,” Khaleej Times quoted a source as saying. The police and paramedics rushed to the site, but she was pronounced dead....