Sridevi’s body to be flown in from Dubai, funeral likely today

A statement issued on Sunday evening by Sridevi’s family said: “Boney Kapoor, Janhvi, Khushi and the entire Kapoor, Ayyappan and Marwah family is deeply bereaved and shocked by the untimely loss of Sridevi Kapoor.”
According to reports, Sridevi was staying at the Jumeirah Emirates Tower hotel, where she suffered a stroke and lost consciousness in the bathroom late on Saturday night. Her elder daughter, Janhvi, had not travelled with the family because of the shooting schedule for her upcoming Bollywood film, which marks her debut in the industry. She was rushed to Rashid Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival. Before her Bollywood entry, Sridevi had been a popular face in South Indian films. The Kapoor family was in Dubai since last week for Marwah’s wedding, which was also attended by Boney Kapoor’s son from his first marriage, actor Arjun Kapoor. Her body was handed to forensic experts. Her body is expected to be flown to Mumbai on a chartered aircraft Monday morning, and arrangements for her final rites were being finalised late on Sunday night. But it was only after five years that she gained commercial success with Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala”. VETERAN ACTOR Sridevi, who acted in over 300 films during a career spanning five decades, died of a cardiac arrest in Dubai in the early hours of Sunday. Sridevi obituary: Unforgettable leading lady and Bollywood’s first female superstar
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Get assembly election result LIVE updates from each constituency in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya The 54-year-old, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013, was in Dubai for the wedding of Mohit Marwah, a nephew of her husband and film producer Boney Kapoor. Boney Kapoor’s brother Sanjay Kapoor, who reached Dubai early Sunday morning, told a local news portal that the family is in shock at Sridevi’s death. She also worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. “She had no history of a heart ailment,” he said. Sridevi passed away at the age of 54. Sanjay Kapoor, who was also at the wedding, flew back to Mumbai with other members of the extended Kapoor clan while Sridevi chose to stay back. Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”. See photos | Sridevi dead: A pictorial tribute to the Bollywood diva
According to officials at the Indian Consulate in Dubai, Sridevi’s autopsy was conducted Sunday at the Al Qusais Hospital. A few videos of Sridevi at the wedding are also available on social media. She made her debut as a child artist in the Tamil film “Thunaivan” in 1969. ALSO READ | Everything you need to know about Sridevi
PTI reported from Dubai that while some of Sridevi’s family members returned from the city after the wedding, Sridevi, Boney and their younger daughter Khushi stayed back. 2018-02-26T12:32:46+00:00″>
Updated: February 26, 2018 12:32 pm

Sridevi’s mortal remains will be brought back in India in an aircraft by Anil Ambani. Photographs from the wedding on social media show Sridevi posing with filmmaker Karan Johar and fashion designer Manish Malhotra. Sridevi is survived by Kapoor and their two daughters Janhvi and Khushi.