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Sridevi’s body to be flown back to India today

Sridevi, 54, wife of producer Boney Kapoor, died late Saturday night reportedly due to a cardiac arrest

Dubai: Veteran actor Sridevi s mortal remains will be flown back to India from Dubai today, her family said in a statement.

Sridevi’s body could not be repatriated yesterday as the final investigation reports from Dubai Police were not ready last evening.

Reliance Communications (RCom) chairman Anil Ambani has reportedly offered to fly her remains back home in his private jet.

Sridevi, 54, wife of producer Boney Kapoor, died late Saturday night reportedly due to a cardiac arrest in Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

The actress and family were in town after attending the wedding of her nephew and actor Mohit Marwah which took place in Ras Al Khaimah.

Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri and Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul, Indian Consulate representatives were coordinating with Dubai Police and other authorities concerned. However, the procedures to sent her body to India could not be completed yesterday before office hours in local departments here.

The Kapoor family in a statement issued last night said that her body will arrive in India today.

The body will be ready for repatriation by 1 to 2 PM, Dubai time, Khaleej Times reported.

Indian Consulate officials reveal that after receiving the Police Clearance and forensic report, the other procedures including, immigration and embalming would be completed in the next 3 to 4 hours, a source told the publication.

Sridevi started acting at the age of four and made her debut with MA Thirumugham’s Thunaivan. She continued acting in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films but it was her career in Bollywood that made her a household name in the country.

She made her Bollywood debut as a child artiste in 1975 hit Julie but continued ruling the South Indian film industry where she established herself as a leading heroine with films such as 16 VayathinileSigappu RojakkalMeendum Kokila and Moondram Pirai.

In Bollywood, she made her debut in 1978 as a lead actor in Solva Sawan.

She gained commercial success with the 1983 film Himmatwala opposite Jeetendra, which also established her as one of the best dancers in cinema. She was grace-personified dressed as an apsara (a celestial beauty in Hindu mythology) performing on the hit track Nainon mein sapna.

The year 1983 also saw Sridevi give stellar performances in both critically acclaimed and box-office hits such as Sadma, where she played the role of a woman who loses her memory.

Sridevi followed it up with a number of commercial hits such as Mawaali, Tohfa, Masterji and Nazrana.

In 1987 came Shekhar Kapur’s Mr India, a film which was produced by her future husband Boney Kapoor.

PTI

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