Sridevi, who died at the age of 54 due to “accidental drowning” in Dubai on 24 February, has finally been laid to rest at the Vile Parle crematorium in Mumbai.
The bereaved family - including Sonam, Rhea, Anil, Sanjay, Maheep, Sunita Kapoor as well as Mohit Marwah - released a statement thanking all the fans, and well-wishers for their support in these trying times.
“The past few days have been trying times for us as a family. Today, particularly, has been one of the hardest. We laid to rest a beautiful soul who has gone too soon. She leaves behind a legacy that is unique. Her talent was undeniable, her beauty unmatched and her ability to connect with the audience was legendary. Sri had the same connect with her family as well”.
They also spoke about allowing the family, and especially Sridevi’s daughters, Jahnvi and Khushi be given the required space to grieve.
“The one thing that helped us all get through these last few days, was the amazing amount of love and support from everyone — be it her many colleagues, to her innumerable fans, her caring friends and loving family, from across the country and the world. This outpouring of love is the memory that we would like Khushi and Janhvi to have of their mother... a woman who was loved unquestionably by everyone. Let us all who loved Sri, envelope her two little ones, her life, as she often called them, with as much or more love than we gave Sri so that they can live their lives ahead with a little less ache in their hearts. Let us help them remember their mother fondly, with that beloved twinkle in her eyes, and help them build a life and be what Sri had dreamt for them. To the members of the media, we ask that you respect the privacy of the family and allow us the space to grieve. Sri lived her life with dignity and we implore, that you give her the same respect”.
Anil Kapoor also issued a statement, thanking the Mumbai police for providing tight security during the acclaimed actor’s funeral, and subsequent cremation.