Mumbai 25 Feb. 2018 (NDTV)
In a moving gesture, Indian industrial magnate Anil Ambani has sent an aircraft to Dubai to bring back Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor’s body to India later on Sunday, sources said.
The 13-seater private jet, (Embraer-135BJ) belonging to Reliance Transport & Travel Ltd, left Mumbai for Dubai around 1.30 pm on Sunday.
“It is expected to return with the body and the immediate bereaved family members late tonight,” the sources added.
The funeral is likely to take place on Monday, although there is no word from the family on this so far.
Sridevi, 54, passed away in Dubai late on Saturday night, plunging the entire country into a pall of gloom as her fans and admirers expressed shock and disbelief.
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 told NDTV.
The routine forensic procedures are over and as soon as the report is released, her body will be flown back to India on a private jet, reported news agency Reuters.
The actress breathed her last on Saturday night at around 1100 p.m following cardiac arrest. She was rushed to the nearby Rashid Hospital but pronounced dead on admission.
Sridevi was in Dubai to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi.
The actress is remembered for her performance is some of the iconic Bollywood films like “Mr. India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “ChalBaaz”, “Chandni”, “Khuda Gawah”, among many others in different Indian languages.
A tweet posted late Saturday night by actor Amitabh Bachchan is sending shivers up social media’s spine. At a little before midnight, Mr Bachchan wrote about feeling a sense of unease, tweeting in Hindi: “Na jaane kyun, ek ajeeb si ghabrahat ho rahi hain.” His disquiet is now being seen by Twitter as an eerie premonition – hours later, the world learnt that actress Sridevi had died.
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