- Boney Kapoor had returned to Dubai to surprise Sridevi: report
- Sridevi was woken up in room at around 5:30 pm by Boney Kapoor: report
- Boney Kapoor asked her to dinner, she went to washroom to get ready
Sridevi was getting ready for dinner with her husband Boney Kapoor in Dubai when she died in the bathroom of Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel, says a report in the Khaleej Times, quoting family sources.
According to the report, Boney Kapoor, who had left Dubai for Mumbai, returned on Saturday evening to surprise his wife. The filmmaker reportedly woke Sridevi up around 5.30 pm and the couple chatted for around 15 minutes, the report says.
Then Boney Kapoor asked her to dinner. The 54-year-old star went to the washroom to get ready. When she didn't come out for some time, her husband knocked, then forced open the door to see the actor "lying motionless in a bathtub full of water", according to the Khaleej Times.
"He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9 pm," the report says, quoting a source.
She could not be revived. Her shocked family says she didn't have any heart condition.
Sridevi's sudden death has left millions of fans in India and elsewhere in complete shock. In countless tributes, she was billed as the first female superstar of Indian cinema.
Sridevi debuted in Hindi films in 1979 with "Solva Sawan" but gained recognition in 1983 with "Sadma". In the 1980s and 1990s she charmed audiences in female-centric films such as "Chandni", "Lamhe", "Chaalbaaz" and "Mr India".
Sridevi took a break from films soon after she married Boney Kapoor in 1996. She returned to the big screen 15 years later in "English Vinglish" in 2012. Last year, she appeared as the avenging mother in "Mom".