It was on February 25, 2018 that the Indian media dropped a bombshell on Sridevi’s fans and followers by broadcasting her death news. The 54-year-old actress was found life-less in the bathtub of her bathroom in Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai, where she went to attend the nuptial of her nephew – Mohit Marwah. Undoubtedly, the sudden and untimely demise of Sridevi left a void in the Bollywood industry.
Here’s the entire timeline covering everything from her journey to Dubai to her last rituals:
February 18th, 2018
With her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi, Sridevi left for Dubai. Jhanvi, her elder daughter, stayed back in India as she was busy with the shooting of her debut film – Dhadak.
February 19th, 2018
In a picture uploaded by Manish Malhotra, Sridevi was spotted with prominent faces of the industry viz. Manish Malhotra, Anil Kapoor, and Karan Johar.
February 20th, 2018
Netizens circulated various pictures of Sridevi where she was seen attending her nephew’s wedding along with her husband and daughter. The venue was the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
February 21st, 2018
Boney Kapoor and Khushi returned to India to attend the U.P Investor Summit in Lucknow which was scheduled the next day.
February 22nd, 2018
Sridevi checked in to Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
February 24th, 2018
Boney Kapoor reached Dubai again. He arrived at the hotel where Sridevi was staying. He had organized a surprise dinner for her wife. He asked Sridevi to get ready for the same but when She took more than 15 minutes in the bathroom, Boney forced open the bathroom door only to find his wife lying motionless in the bathtub. He informed the Dubai police about the same. She was then taken to Rashid Hospital. However, she was pronounced dead on arrival.
February 25th, 2018
The news of Sridevi’s death broke at 2:30 am in India and cardiac arrest was attributed behind the same. Since this moment, a plethora of Indian news channels were keeping their audience abreast on the latest development related to the actress’ death case. Meanwhile, Social media platforms were teeming with comments, discussions, messages, and pictures of Sridevi.
February 26th, 2018
Police report and death certificate confirmed ‘accidental drowning’ as the cause of death. The report also confirmed traces of alcohol in the blood. Boney Kapoor was questioned by Dubai police, while the statement of other family members was recorded.
February 27th, 2018
Dubai Police ended questioning Boney Kapoor. As per a tweet by Yash Raj Films, Arjun Kapoor left for Dubai on the same day. The family received the clearance certificate from the authorities and Sridevi’s body was handed to the members. The flight carrying the body took off from Dubai at 5:30 PM and landed in Mumbai after four hours.
February 28th, 2018
Sridevi’s body was kept at Celebration Club in Andheri from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for fans, public figures, and celebrities to pay their last respect. The last rites ritual and cremation took place at 3:30 pm.
Her Last Onscreen Appearance
If you think that MOM was Sridevi’s last on-screen apperance, then you got it all wrong. We’ll see the legend in action for one last time in SRK’s upcoming flick – ZERO. Though the role of Sridevi in this movie is quite short, watching her again on the silver screen will surely be a delight.