With flowers in their hands and a prayer for their screen idol on their lips, thousands of fans today joined Sridevi's family and friends to pay their last respects at a hall where her body was placed ahead of the funeral.
The body of the late actor, who died in Dubai on Saturday, was kept at the Celebration Sports Club, minutes away from her residence Green Acres in Lokhandwala.
With flowers in their hands and a prayer for their screen idol on their lips, thousands of fans today joined Sridevi's family and friends to pay their last respects at a hall where her body was placed ahead of the funeral. The body of the late actor, who died in Dubai on Saturday, was kept at the Celebration Sports Club, minutes away from her residence Green Acres in Lokhandwala.
Sridevi's body was brought to the venue at 9 am by her family members. Inside the hall, her family, including film-maker husband Boney Kapoor, actors Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor, stood in a corner, their eyes wet with tears.
Sridevi's daughters Jahnvi and Khushi were standing a little behind them. The actor's mortal remains were draped in a red kanjivaram sari with a bindi on her forehead. The well-wishers offered flowers kept in baskets.
A sombre, red-eyed Boney Kapoor stood in a corner surrounded by his family and friends from the film fraternity. Fashion designer Manish Malhotra broke down and was consoled by film-maker Karan Johar, who was also unable to control his grief.
Rani Mukerji sat near the body, and was consoling Sonam Kapoor, her niece. The hall had three entry points - for VIPs, the media and the public. Nearly 200 policemen were present at the venue to keep the crowd in check. While the gates for the general public opened after 10 am, fans from across the country started queuing up to pay their last respects to the "Chandni" star since 6 in the morning. People came from as far as Karnataka and Chennai to catch the last glimpse of their screen idol.
Among the crowd was a group of fans from Karnataka waiting to pay their respects to the actor. "We were there even at Anil Kapoor's bungalow earlier and will not leave Mumbai without seeing our idol," said a fan waiting in the line. The private security guards, who were inside the hall in large numbers, made sure that fans did not click any pictures of the late actor while offering their condolences.
Celebrities who paid their last respects to the actor included Jaya Bachchan, her daughter Shweta Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sonam Kapoor's friend Anand Ahuja, Madhuri Dixit Nene and her husband Sriram Nene.
Noted actors Jaya Prada and Hema Malini, Arbaaz Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Manish Paul, Tabu, Subhash Ghai, Neelima Azmi, along with her daughter Esha Deol, Sushmita Sen, politician Sanjay Nirupam also came to pay their respects.
Actor Ajay Devgn and wife Kajol, Tanisha, Imtiaz Ali, Sajid Khan, Vidya Balan along with husband Sidharth Roy Kapoor, Rekha, John Abraham, south star Chiranjeevi, Raveena Tandon, Shekhar Kapoor, Shamita Shetty, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rajkummar Rao, Ramesh Sippy, Soha Ali Khan, Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi, Kunal Khemu also came to offer their condolences.
The body of Sridevi, whose sudden death triggered a frenzy of grief and disbelief, was flown back to Mumbai last night after the Dubai authorities determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.
The latest updates on Sridevi's last journey:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives at Celebration club
Early morning, Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Karan Johar and Mohit Marwah are among several celebrities and family members who have already visited Boney Kapoor's residence earlier this morning to pay their respects.
Here are a few visuals of other Bollywood stars, who have reached Celebration Sports Club to pay their last respect to the late actress.
Aaditya Thackeray, the grandson of Bal Thackeray, has also been spotted at the venue where Sridevi's body has been kept.
Filmmaker Farah Khan, Sridevi's niece Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja have arrived at Celebration Sports Club.
Farah Khan also reached Celebration Club to pay last tributes to Sridevi. Hema Malni also reached the venue with daughter Esha Deol.
Actor Annu Kapoor has criticised the insensitive media coverage on Sridevi’s death in an interview to ANI at Celebration Sports Club. “It’s media job to ask questions, it’s people’s call if they want to throw it in the dustbin or not. At this moment, family is in a lot of pain. Daughters have lost their mother at such a young age. We should pray for them: Anu Kapoor at Celebration Sports Club in Mumbai,” he said. Annu plays Sridevi’s boss in Mr India.
Sushmita Sen arrives at the Celebration Sports Club for Late Sridevi Ji's Condolences meet!