Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Jaya Bachchan and Shweta Nanda at Sridevi's condolence meet in Mumbai.
Sridevi's colleagues and members of the film fraternity said a final farewell to the actress at the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala, Mumbai on Wednesday morning, before the last rites were held. The mourners included most of the film industry, many of them Sridevi's co-stars, all of them her friends and well-wishers. From the South, there were Chiranjeevi, who made many movies with Sridevi, her Tohfa
co-star Jaya Prada and Prakash Raj. There was almost nobody from Bollywood who wasn't there. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Hema Malini, Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol - Sridevi's many colleagues, both peers and juniors, paid her their last respects.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Jaya Bachchan and Shweta Nanda
Chiranjeevi and Sridev co-starred in films like Mosagadu and Ranuva Veeran. Prakash Raj was also there.
Deepika Padukone returned to Mumbai on Wednesday morning
Sushmita Sen was also there.
Vidya Balan, Rekha and Manish Malhotra at Sridevi's condolence meet
Kajol, Ajay Devgn, Tanishaa and Tanuja also attended the condolence meet
Sara Ali Khan, Amrita Singh, Karisma Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez at the condolence meet
Sonam kapoor arrived with Anand Ahuja while Harshvardhan and Rhea arrived separately.
Celebs at Sridevi's condolence meet.
Malaika Arora, Soha Ali Khan, Neha Dhupia and Shraddha Kapoor were also there
Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput and Aditya Roy Kapur at Sridevi's condolence meet
John Abraham, Rajkummar Rao, Patralekhaa and Sidharth Malhotra outside the venue
Aditya Thackeray at Sridevi's condolence meet
Akshaye Khanna co-starred with Sridevi in MOM, which was her last film.
Some, like Vidya, also attended the cremation. The last rites were also attended by Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and some other stars who were not at the morning's memorial. Sridevi, dressed in bridal red and wrapped in the flag, was given a funeral with state honours. Sridevi, 54, accidentally drowned in a Dubai hotel bathtub last Saturday. The Kapoors had been attending their nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding in Dubai last week.
Sridevi's sudden death left the film industry reeling in shock
. Her former co-stars Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Venkatesh, Jaya Prada, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher visited the actress' brother-in-law Anil Kapoor's home over the last few days to pay their respects. Other visitors included Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shabana Azmi, Rani Mukerji, Tabu and Karisma Kapoor.
The delay in bringing Sridevi back means that some colleagues missed the funeral because of work commitments. Rajinikanth, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday, flew back to Chennai yesterday - the teaser for his new film is expected to release tomorrow. Deepika Padukone was also spotted at the airport with her Kochadaiiyaan
co-star but she returned to Mumbai on Wednesday morning.
Sridevi, considered India's first female superstar, made 300 films in several languages over 50 years. She was just 4 when she started out and played her first leading role at the age of 13 in 1976 film Moondru Mudichu
, opposite Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. Her illustrious career includes memorable Hindi films such as Sadma
, Mr India
, Chaal Baaz
Sridevi received the Padma Shri in 2013, a year after she returned to the screen in English Vinglish
. She had begun acting again after a break of many years to raise her daughters Janhvi and Khushi. Sridevi was last seen in MOM
and filmed a special appearance for Shah Rukh Khan's Zero
, releasing in December, before she died.