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Remembering Sridevi: Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and others pay tribute

Remembering Sridevi: Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and others pay tribute

The funeral procession of Indian Bollywood superstar Sridevi which began Wednesday late afternoon in India's western city of Mumbai culminated at crematorium, where her family will be performing the actress's last rites. "It happened the first time I saw her on screen, this was probably in the late 70s, when I saw one of her Tamil films".

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So determined was he to cast Sridevi in a film, that he travelled all the way to her house in Chennai.

Mumbai: It was full State honours for Sridevi - the last remains wrapped up in the Tricolour - as Mumbai froze in time. Together, as a family, we have tried to face this unbearable loss.

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In a statement on Twitter, Kapoor wrote, "As we mourn, I'm deeply thankful to our friends and well-wishers who have formed a protective circle around us so we can grieve in peace..." He urged fans and media to respect their need to grieve privately.

For film producer Boney Kapoor, this loss has probably altered his and his daughters lives forever. In the male-dominated Indian film industry, she is praised for having redefined the heroine's role, which had mainly consisted of a few songs and a couple of romantic scenes as the leading man's love interest. "We want to pay her one last visit today and thank her for all her wonderful performances", said Nandini Rao, a 32-year-old teacher. After the wedding, Boney Kapoor along with their youngest daughter Khushi left for Mumbai but Sridevi stayed there to spend some time with her sister Srilatha.

The icon of the Indian cinema Sridevi was cremated with state honors at Vile Parle cremation grounds where several celebs from the B-Town arrived at the venue to mark their respect to the late actress and for also to show their condolences to the family. Not only her acting, movies, dance or expressions, even her married life with Boney Kapoor has been in the discussions always.

Remembering Sridevi's undeniable talent, unmatched beauty and her legendary ability to connect with the audience, they said: "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". "Our lives will never be the same again", Boney signed off.