Actor Sridevi died on Saturday night after a cardiac arrest in Dubai, according to family sources.
The actor, who has two daughters Janhavi and Khushi, was reportedly with her husband Boney Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor in the country. The actor was 54 and had gone to UAE to attend the wedding ceremony of nephew, Mohit Marwah.
Sridevi was called the first female superstar of Bollywood and has worked in over 250 films in various languages in her career spanning almost 45 years. Her last release was Mom in 2016.
According to Indianexpress.com, Sridevi’s brother-in-law, Sanjay Kapoor was quoted as saying, “Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet.”
According to Khaleej Times, Sridevi fainted in the bathroom of Emirates Tower in Dubai where she was staying and was rushed to Rashid Hospital where she was pronounced brought dead. After postmortem, her body will be brought back home on Sunday evening. Her body is said to be at the Al Qusais morgue. The time of death is said to be about 11 pm.
A private charter belonging to one of the well known industrialists in India will leave for Dubai this afternoon. The plane will return by 8 pm with her body and daughter, Khushi. After all the formalities are completed, the body will be taken to Sridevi’s residence.
Fans have started gathering outside actor Sridevi’s residence.
Sabyasachi, the favoured designer brand by actors also shared their condolence, “We are extremely saddened at the sudden demise of Sridevi. We extend our deepest condolences to her family at their hour of bereavement. May her soul rest in peace.”
Actor Andrea Jeremiah wrote, “While Bollywood mourns the loss of its female superstar, the Tamil film industry mourns the loss of one of its finest actors… RIP #sridevi … you will live forever through the wonderful body of work you left behind.. #timeless #icon.”
Atul Kasbekar wrote, “#Sridevi ji drove across town to watch our #TumhariSulu. Just cause she adored @balanvidya and vice versa and Vidya had paid tribute to #HawaHawai. The whole crew was overjoyed to see her and we all had smiles on our faces that are accorded to a genuine #legend. What a talent and such a decent human being.Taken too soon. RIP
Tarun Tahiliani also shared condolence and wrote, “Saddened by the untimely demise of India’s greatest actor, Sridevi. An epitome of beauty and grace. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family. May her soul rest in peace.”
Actor Varun Dhawan wrote, “#Sridevi #ICON. 50 years as an actor. She started her acting career at the age of 4. Her legacy will live on.”
Actor Randeep Hooda wrote, “It’s shocking .. gone too soon .. RIP #Sridevi.”
Designer brand Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, took to Instagram and shared, “SRIDEVI! She was and will always be iconic. The very standard of stardom. There are no words to express our sadness at her tragic and untimely passing. Our heartfelt condolences to her family. And every prayer. Fly Beautiful Soul. #RIPSriDevi #RestInPeace #RIP #Beauty #beautiful #Bollywood #Actress #Sridevi #gorgeous #divine #ajsk.”
Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao said, “Sridevi who acted in Telugu, Hindi & several other Indian languages films had captivated the cine-goers with her acting skills & earned countless fans.”
Kajol shared, “Shocked stunned. Still see her laughing talking. Unbelievable. Actor par excellence. A school in herself.. learnt so much from her. Still can’t believe it . A huge loss. #Sridevi.”
Sridevi’s co star in MOM, Adil Hussain said, “I really have no words, I am still not able to comprehend this loss, just can’t imagine what the family is going through.”
Director Omung Kumar wrote, “Completely in a shock, didn’t want this news to be true… a beautiful soul gone too soon. Still remember how we did up your place… u will be missed #RIPSridev prayers to the entire family.”
Mamta Banerjee, CM of West Bengal wrote, “Saddened at the untimely passing away of Sridevi, one of the most popular actors of a generation. Condolences to her family, her colleagues in the industry and fans.”
Dulquer Salmaan shared a throwback picture and wrote, “Heartbroken ! Last met her at MAMI and the Antilla party that followed. Stunning as ever, this is how I first met #Sridevi Ma’am. #RIP.”
Director Koratal Siva wrote, “Absolutely shocked and remained in disbelief hearing the news that sridevi garu is no more. A true epitome of acting, elegance, charm and beauty. Rest in peace mam.”
Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh shared, “Omg. The saddest news I have heard I had the honour of meeting her and talking to her at length just recently #RIPSridevi ji you have been and will always be my favourite. @SrideviBKapoor @BoneyKapoor My Heartfelt condolences to the family.”
Shirish Kunder said, “This is the kind of tragic news that can give an entire nation a cardiac arrest. Heartbreaking! RIP #Sridevi.”
Director Zoya Akhtar wrote, “Like A Shooting Star – Gone too Soon ❤ R.I.P. Amazing Woman. #sridevi #wonderwoman #gonetoosoon.”
Dangal ator Sanya Malhotra wrote, “Farewell to a legend.. My heart is heavy with pain, I grew up watching her act and copying her dance steps. Forever in this heart of mine…Rest in peace.”
Actor Tamannaah wrote, “There’s nothing more heartbreaking than losing someone you look up to tremendously. Sridevi was the magic that made us believe in the beauty of cinema. Still can’t believe she’s no more. Darkest day for cinema. RIP #Sridevi.”
Samantha Akkineni wrote, “Was hoping and waiting to be told that this is all just a rumour and that she’s fine . What a dark day . Unbelievable talent and grit yet so delicate and fragile . You will live on forever as a ‘Goddess ‘ worshipped and respected #ripsridevi . I hope that all of us praying together at this moment for Jhanvi and Khushi must mean something . God give this family the strength to cope .”
Sridevi’s English Vinglish co-star Priya Anand tweeted, “This is just the saddest news to wake up to! Heartbreaking. Fan girl for life!”
Shekar Kapur said, “SriDevi .. gone. It’s like an era is over. Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief. #Sridevi.”
Rajkummar Rao wrote, “Can’t believe you’re gone so soon #Sridevi ma’am. You’re my most favourite actress and thank you for always inspiring me with your kind words. I adore you and will always do. You said we must do a film together soon. Let’s keep that promise for our next lives. I love you and you will live in our hearts forever. May God give strength to the family. Rest in Peace ma’am.”
Music composer AR Rahman who worked on Sridevi’s last feature film MOM wrote, “RIP @SrideviBKapoor …Condolences to the whole family :(“
Katrina Kaif shared, “My favorite actress … a legend … and the kindest gentlest woman u could meet … an unbelievable tragedy this is …..all my prayers and thoughts with the family.”
Producer Ekta Kapoor wrote, “The strongest women have the weakest hearts ♥#ripsrideviji.”
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput wrote, “I’m shocked and heartbroken. I wish this was all a bad dream and that I wake up from it soon. RIP Sridevi ji.”
Media reports quote Indian ambassador Navdeep Suri in UAE as saying it would take longer for the Kapoor family to complete formalities before they can leave Dubai.
In the meantime, condolences are pouring in for the family from everywhere. Shashii Tharoor tweeted, ““Let your presence ring out like a bell into the night. And if the earthly no longer knows your name, whisper to the silent earth: I am flowing. To the flashing water say: I am.” –Rainer Maria Rilke: Sonnets to Orpheus #srideviRIP..”
Actor Diljit Dosanjh wrote, “She is my sister’s favourite. Have seen several of her films. Could never meet her. The news of her death saddened me immensely.”
Actor Gautami Tadimalla wrote, “#Sridevi ji…shocked & heartbroken to hear she is no more. My all time favourite and an iconic legend who has passed on too soon… She is irreplaceable and unforgettable. My heartfelt condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace…”
Baahubali star Rana Daggubati shared, “Form a Child Artist to a Legendary Movie Star!! A great journey of one of the most charismatic women in the world of cinema comes to an end. #RIPSridevi.”
Telugu actor Nani wrote, “Assalu boolokam ilanti siri chusi vuntadha .. Kanaka ee chithram swarganiki chendhi vuntadha .. I am at loss of words .. everything feels incomplete and unfair . Always wanted to say thank you if I ever got to meet her. Thank you ma’am .#RIPSridevi . Fan for life.”
Sridevi’s body is being brought back to Mumbai and funeral is expected to be held later today.
Aamir Khan wrote, “I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji.I gave always been a huge fan of her work. Equally I have always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself. My heartfelt condolences to everyone in the family. I join all the millions of her fans in mourning her demise. Ma’am, we will always remember you with love and respect. a.”
Baahubali director SS Rajamouli took to Twitter to express his shock and wrote, “Shocked to hear the sad news. The first Lady Superstar of the Country. 50 of those 54 years as an actress par excellence. What a journey..and such an unexpected end. May your soul rest in peace. Sridevi garu.”
Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu tweeted, “Shocked & disturbed with the news of #Sridevi garu’s demise. She truly was the epitome of everything amazing as an actor & a woman. My all time favourite actress.. Gone too soon. Strength to her family & loved ones. May her soul Rest in Peace.”
Kajal Aggarwal also took to Twitter and wrote, “Extremely sad and shocked to hear about the sudden demise of my most favourite actor and role model, #Sridevi Ma’am.. this must be so difficult, my heartfelt condolences to the family.#RIPSridevi #gonetoosoon #heartbreaking.”
Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly wrote, “Shocking and heartbreaking !!! Her elegance, her comic timing and her natural flair for dancing was just absolutely unmatchable. Thank you for all the amazing memories. May her soul rest in peace. #RIPSridevi.”
Cinematographer Santosh Sivan said, “Sridevi was an unique talent and an awesome person.God Bless her Soul RIP.”
Malayalam actor Parvathy also shared snaps of different characters portrayed by Sridevi and wrote, “Sridevi. RIP. Grateful to have witnessed her unparalleled artistry!”
Shilpa Shetty wrote an emotional note in which she said, “What a horrible ,heartbreaking piece of news to wake up to ..can’t stop my tears..still can’t believe it! You were the reason I became an actor…such a special,pure and kind soul @sridevi.kapoor will miss YOU ,your hugs ,love and humour.. You’ve etched a place in my heart and mind forever and will be alive there FOREVER. Now I pray for your soul to Rest in peace.. Heartfelt condolences to the entire family #icon #unbelievable #lifeissounpredictable.”
Preity Zinta wrote, “Heartbroken shocked to hear that my all time favourite #Sridevi is no more. May god give peace to her soul strength to the family to cope during these trying times. I’m so sad cuz I really loved her. #RIP #heartbroken.”
Sridevi’s co-star Anupam Kher wrote, “This is how I will always remember Sridevi – Happening, Vibrant, Brilliant, Beautiful, Bestest and Unique. #QueenOfIndianCinema.”
Baahubali actor Anushka Shetty took to Instagram and wrote, “Shocked to hear about the demise of our versatile legendary actress #Sridevi ji My Heartfelt Condolences & may god give peace to her soul & strength to family, friends and fans.Queen of Indian Cinema lives in our Heart for Ever.”
Cricketer Ashwin Ravichander took to Twitter and wrote, “Sridevi no more ? so difficult to fathom that she is no more, such is life I guess. Strong will to those near and dear to her. #RIPSridevi.”
Soundarya Rajinikanth tweeted, “We will miss you Pappika. Feeling so so so shocked and sad !!!! #RIPSridevi #Legend.”
Telugu actor Allu Arjun also shared his condolences on Twitter and wrote, “Shocked to Hear the Demise of Iconic actress Sridevi Garu ! Really Sad News . Condolences to Her Family , Near dear ones . #Sridevi”
Parineeti Chopra tweeted, “CANNOT believe this. I have no words. Rip Sridevi ma’am. You were the most beautiful. Strength to Boney uncle, jahnvi, khushi and the whole family.” Padmaavat actor Aditi Rao Hydari tweeted, “Shaken and shocked beyond words… RIP #Sridevi ji… she will truly shine forever… prayers and condolences to her family and fans.”
BJP state unit leader from Chennai, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted, “#SriDevi – A great actress of Indian Tamil cinema will be remembered for her excellent contribution. Saddened by the untimely demise My condolences to her family, friends and fans. #RIPSridevi.”
Director Ram Gopal Varma wrote an obituary for the late actor, in which he said, “I hate God for killing Sridevi and I hate Sridevi for dying.”
Kannada actor Sudeep tweeted, “Should I say i was lucky or should i say i was blessed to have had the opportunity to share atleast few moments with this Magnanimous Legend. A Lady who has n wil always be an inspiration to many. Somethings r hard to believe.. even harder to accept. Heart breaks. #RipSrideviji.”
Captain Amarinder Singh, CM of Punjab tweeted, “Shocked and pained at the untimely demise of iconic actor #Sridevi. It’s a void that Bollywood will find hard to fill. The memories of her great performances will remain forever in our hearts. RIP #Sridevi.”
Telugu actor Jr NTR tweeted, “She came. She saw. She conquered. And went back to the heavens from where she came. RIP Sridevi garu.IRREPLACEABLE.
Actor Madhuri Dixit Nene, who happens to be Sridevi’s contemporary tweeted, “Just woke up to the terrible news of Sridevi passing. My heart goes out to her family. The world has lost a very talented person who left behind a huge legacy in film. #RIPSridevi.”
Actor Deepika Padukone uploaded a black square denoting the dark day.
Akshay Kumar has said he has no words to describe his emotions. “Shocked beyond words to hear about the sad and untimely demise of #Sridevi. A dream for many, had the good fortune of sharing screen space with her long ago and witnessed her continued grace over the years. Thoughts and prayers with the family. RIP,” the actor tweeted.
This news has left a gaping hole in the film industry and actors, crew members and fans from across the world are mourning her loss. Her Sadma co-star Kamal Haasan tweeted, “Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificeint lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma’s lullaby haunts me now. We’ll miss her.”
Actor Rajinikanth tweeted, “I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridev … you will be missed.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind have also mourned her loss.
“Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as ‘Moondram Pirai’, ‘Lamhe’ and ‘English Vinglish’ remain an inspiration for other actors. My condolences to her family and close associates,” the President tweeted.
Modi also took to Twitter, saying: “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace.”