Sridevi cremated with state honours, nation bids goodbye to its 'Chandini'

As Sridevi leaves for her heavenly abode Holi in Bollywood will have no colour

The body was carried in a truck decorated with flowers and a giant poster of the actor. She was given a state funeral and her body was wrapped in tricolour.

Investigators also reportedly questioned hotel staff and those travelling with Sridevi at the time of her death in room 2201 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Reports on Monday indicated Sridevi's husband had discovered his wife's motionless body in a bath tub on Saturday night and had tried to revive her. The full post-mortem report has not yet been released. Neither Bollywood nor the lives of million people she touched by just being her gracious self.

Two Dubai police officials added, though, that she was under the influence of alcohol. "We want to pay her one last visit today and thank her for all her wonderful performances", Nandini Rao, a 32-year-old teacher, told AFP. We are here to see her for the last time.

Sridevi's funeral will be performed on Wednesday at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium at 3.30 pm.

It was complete chaos on the streets of Mumbai as Sridevi's procession moved towards the cremation ground at a snail's pace. Her fans seemed shocked to even express their grief as the reality of their favourite star's passing away slowly began to sink in.

With the announcement, police closed their investigation of the star's sudden death, according to the BBC, ending rampant media speculation - including that foul play may have been involved. I'm so sad I did not get to say goodbye. "I had especially gone to Chennai at her house to meet her, but she was shooting in Singapore".

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But everyone knows Sridevi's death is an irreparable loss for she was not just his wife but a partner for life.

The Hindu newspaper writes, "In her chase of stardom across five different film industries and over as many decades, acting never took a backseat". As the country mourns over the loss of Bollywood's first woman superstar, an unseen video of the star is doing rounds on the social media.

As well as Hindi movies, Sridevi acted and produced films in the Tamil, Teluga, Malayalam and Kannada languages. Her most recent film was last year's "Mom".

It arrived back in Mumbai on a private jet on Tuesday evening, accompanied by her husband, the filmmaker Boney Kapoor, and her stepson, actor Arjun Kapoor. She made a comeback in 2012, starring in English Vinglish.

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