Vastavam Web: Sridevi’s final journey has begun with a decorated truck carrying the iconic actor’s mortal remains to the Vile Parle crematorium, where the final rites will take place at 3:30 pm. The Kapoors had announced that well-wishers can visit the Celebration Club near Sridevi’s home, where a prayer meeting will be held between 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The prayer hall has since opened its doors to allow the grieving public to pay their last respects to the late actor. The family said media can also pay their respects “provided camera, recording devices etc. are left outside the venue”.
Superstars like Rekha, Hema Malini, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Khanna, Sonam Kapoor, Tabu, Jacqueline Fernandez and many more had earlier arrived for the prayer meeting being held at the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala. The actor’s mortal remains were draped in a red kanjivaram sari with a bindi on her forehead. A giant photograph of the much loved actor edged with white flowers was put up outside the club, which was covered with white lilies, mogra and red roses. After travelling down streets lined with mourners, the funeral procession reached its final destination. The cremation will take place very shortly.
Wrapped in tricolour, Indian cinema icon Sridevi today began her final journey with thousands of mourners jostling with each other to catch a glimpse of her cortege as it slowly made its way through the city to the Vile Parle crematorium. Sridevi, Indian cinema’s first woman superstar, was given a gun salute at the Celebration Sports Club, minutes away from her home in Green Acres Lokhandwala where her body was kept before leaving for its last journey. Thousands of people walked along with the hearse as it left the venue for the crematorium, about seven kilometres away.