New Delhi, Feb 26: The whole nation is waiting to have a final look at their favourite star. All preparations and plans are in place and the last rites will be performed by evening. According to th early reports, the postmortem process is almost over an soon after the boy will fly to Mumbai.
Veteran actress Sridevi, 54, passed away in Dubai after cardiac arrest, engulfing the entire country in a pall of gloom. From Indian stars to Indian political personalities to Pakistani icons, her fans and admirers expressed shock and disbelief.
The Padma Shri recipient passed away in Dubai on Saturday night due to cardiac arrest. Sridevi was there to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor's cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi. Her other daughter Janhvi stayed back reportedly due to work commitment towards her debut film "Dhadak".
In a moving gesture, Indian industrial magnate Anil Ambani has sent an aircraft to Dubai to bring back her body to India later on Sunday. The funeral is likely to take place on Monday, although there is no word from the family on this so far.
The country is mourning Bollywood icon Sridevi, who died on Saturday evening in Dubai following a cardiac arrest. The 54-year-old, who had dominated the silver screen in the 80s, had gone to Dubai to attend a family wedding.
Sridevi had fainted in the bathroom of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, where she was staying with her family. A medical team had failed to revive her and she was declared dead at a hospital, Indian ambassador in UAE Navdeep Suri was quoted as saying.
Senior airport officials said a 37-seater private aircraft flew from Mumbai to Dubai around 1.35 pm on Sunday. The Embraer 135 landed at Dubai around 4.40 pm (IST). Officials said the flight would return to Mumbai only after all the procedures and after the post-mortem were performed in Dubai.
This could be around Monday afternoon, officials said.
Boney and Khushi will fly back with the actor's body, the officials added.