Mortal remains of Bollywood actress Sridevi, who passed away in Dubai last Saturday, were cremated yesterday at the Vile Parle Electric Crematorium in Mumbai with full State honours.
National flag was draped on Sridevi’s corpse by the Maharashtra police personnel on behalf of the State Govt. which surprised everyone by according State honours to the late actress. Controversy soon erupted as to how State honour could be accorded to an actress who died apparently after drinking overdose of liquor.
Sridevi’s Bollywood colleagues, relatives and friends and colleagues from Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada film industry were present at the crematorium to bid their last farewell to the 54-year old Tamil Nadu-born actress who remained the ‘Queen Bee’ of Bollywood for more than one-and-a-half decades. Sridevi passed away in Dubai on Saturday while taking part in the wedding ceremony of her nephew.
After some controversy about her demise, the authorities in Dubai allowed her body to be air-lifted to India only on Tuesday night. Netizens, in the meanwhile, have taken to social networking sites in a big manner protesting against the State honour that was accorded to Sridevi at her funeral. They wondered how could an actress, who spent a life out of earning by starring in films, deserve such a rare honour!