The entire nation is grief-stricken with the sudden death of the legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi who passed away at around 11 pm on Saturday, February 24, in Dubai at the age of 54.
The cause of the veteran actress's death was earlier cited as cardiac arrest. However, on Monday, Dubai authorities released a statement saying that it was due to accidental drowning. Traces of alcohol were also found in Sridevi's blood.
The delay in the repatriation process led to chaos over the cause of her death. Her mortal remains were flown to India on Tuesday night and the funeral will take place in Mumbai on Wednesday, February 28, afternoon at around 3 pm.
Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1979 and emerged as one of the most popular actresses of the India Cinema. She married Bollywood film producer Boney Kapoor, with whom she has two daughters – Janhvi and Khusi.
Here is a compilation of all the controversies surrounding the death of Sridevi and her final journey:
Sridevi cremated at Seva Samaj Crematorium: After the truck carrying Sridevi's body reached Vile Parle's Seva Samaj Crematorium in Mumbai, huge crowd gathered outside the crematorium. Several celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan and Randhir Kapoor arrived at the venue. The last rites ceremony ended at around 6 pm.
First picture of Sridevi's body dressed in red saree: Hema Malini, who attended Sridevi's prayer meet, tweeted about her feelings when she saw Sridevi for one last time. She also mentioned that the actress looked beautiful in a red saree.
First photo of entire Kapoor family with late Sridevi draped in tricolor: ANI released a picture where the entire Kapoor family, including Boney Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, were standing near the body of the deceased before it was taken to the crematorium.
Sridevi's mortal remains taken to crematorium: The mortal remains of Sridevi have been taken to the crematorium in a truck decorated with white flowers that also bears a photo of the veteran Bollywood actress. The legendary actress' body has been draped in the National flag and honored with a gun salute.
The mortal remains of the legendary actress were kept in a glass box and a picture of her was placed in front of it. The glass box was decorated with white flowers. She was honoured with a gun salute and the body draped in the national flag.
At around 9:30am Sridevi's body was brought to Celebration Sports Club, Lokhandwala, where Bollywood celebrities and fans poured in to pay their last respect.
On Tuesday, the Dubai Public Prosecution approved the release of the body after a thorough investigation regarding the cause of her death. Her mortal remains landed from Dubai to Mumbai via chartered plane late on Tuesday night at 10 pm. It was then taken to her residence in Lokhandwala, Mumbai, in an ambulance.
Sensational reporting of her death angered the celebs: A few of the Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, even journalists like Barkha Dutt, along with Sridevi's fans condemned the "sensational" reporting on her death after many TV news channels sensationalized it by dissecting the case using 'bathrooms and bathtubs' on screen.
Ram Gopal Verma's shocking revelation: Ram Gopal Varma is saddened like millions of fans over her untimely death. In a series of tweets, he explained his fondness for the actress and also made some shocking revelations. Besides tweeting that he is feeling like committing suicide, RGV also revealed that Boney's mother had portrayed Sridevi as a home breaker and had also beaten her in public.
Doctor explains the co-relation between cardiac arrest and drowning: The change in Sridevi's cause of death raised many questions and a doctor explained how cardiac arrest and drowning are co-related. Not just that, the change in the cause of death had also given rise to speculations with many questioning if it was a case of accidental drowning or if she was murdered.
South celebrities continue to visit family: Several Bollywood and South celebrities continued to pay a visit to Anil Kapoor's house where both Jahnvi and Khushi were residing and offered their condolences. After Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Tamil actor Ajith, who shared a cordial relationship with the actress' family, was said to travel to Mumbai to meet the grieved family on Tuesday. Chiranjeevi too has arrived in Mumbai to pay his last respect to the veteran actress.
Sridevi's sister Srilatha to break silence over her death: Srilatha's silence over the actress' sudden death has raised many questions. However, according to a Bollywood Hungama report, Latha is planning to break her silence and reveal some critical details in the next 48 hours.
Arjun Kapoor rushed to Dubai: Step-son Arjun Kapoor flew off to Dubai from Mumbai to be with his father's side and help him complete the formalities to release the body.
Jahnvi Kapoor's heartfelt letter to mother: Sridevi's elder daughter Jahnvi, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with Dhadak, had penned down a heartfelt letter to her mom a few years ago on social media. On Tuesday, the letter was shared by Tanya Chaitanya, Femina editor, on her Instagram.
Anushka Sharma cancels Pari's screening: In the wake of Sridevi's demise, several celebrities have either pushed their plans or canceled it. After Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi canceled their annual Holi party, Rani Mukerji canceled Hichki's song launch event, now Anushka Sharma's next film Pari's screening also got canceled.
Sridevi's friend reveals shocking health details of actress: Sridevi's childhood friend Pinky Reddy has revealed some details of her last conversation with the actress and also mentioned that the actress was not in her best of health before leaving for the wedding in Dubai.
Kangana Ranaut fell ill upon learning about Sridevi's death: Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi actress Kangana, who is shooting for the film in Bikaner, Rajasthan, was so disturbed after learning about the untimely demise of the legendary actress that she ran a fever.
Shobhaa De gets slammed over her insensitive tweet: Shobhaa De, who often gets embroilled in controversies, got trolled when she tweeted about Sridevi's funeral venue.