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Bollywood actor Sridevi was accorded full state honours as she was cremated at Mumbai’s Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium on Wednesday evening with husband Boney Kapoor performing the last rites. Daughter Janhvi and Khushi also accompanied the hearse.
 
The actor was draped in a Tricolour on her last journey ’s and her flower-covered cortege was followed by thousands of mourners who walked all the way from prayer hall in Lokhandwala to the crematorium in Vile Parle, a distance of about 7 km. Her Bollywood colleagues, including Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Vidya Balan, also reached the cremation ground to pay their last respects.
 
Here are Sridevi funeral updates (IST):
 
7:56pm: Late actor Sridevi’s family has put out a statement. The statement from Marwah, Ayyappan and Kapoor family reads, “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. 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.”
 
It further reads, “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.”
 
6pm: Boney Kapoor performed the last rites of Sridevi. Their daugters -- Khushi and Janhvi Kapoor -- were also a part of the cortege which reached the crematorium late in afternoon. The entire Kapoor family bid the departed actor goodbye. Many of her colleagues were on the verge of breakdown as they paid their respects.
 
5.40pm: Katrina Kaif also reached the crematorium where Sridevi’s last rites are taking place. The Bollywood actor also visited Sridevi’s residence last night after her body arrived from Dubai.
 
5.25pm: The last rites of Sridevi have begun.
 
5.10pm: To pay their last respects to Sridevi, actor Vidya Balan reached the Vile Parle crematorium with husband Siddharth Roy Kapur. Farhan Akhtar, Dia Mirza, Anil Ambani, Anupam Kher and Arjun Rampal are also among the Bollywood personalities who have reached for the funeral.
 
5.00pm: Sridevi’s daughters Khushi and Janhvi were spotted with their father and cousins on the hearse.
 
4.56pm: Sridevi to be cremated with state honours: Here are the rules...
 
The Maharashtra government decided to accord state honours to Sridevi. While only the current and former prime ministers, current and former Union ministers and current and former state ministers were entitled to a state funeral, now the state government can decide who will be accorded a state funeral. Based on its discretion, people who have contributed to fields like politics, literature, law, science and cinema can be given a state funeral.
 
4.38pm: Makers of Anushka Sharma’s Pari cancel special screening after Sridevi’s death.
 
3.59pm: Shah Rukh Khan, Prasoon Joshi and Randhir Kapoor have reached the crematorium to pay their final respects to Sridevi.
 
3.53pm: Sridevi’s funeral procession has reached the cremation grounds in Vile Parle. Police lathi charged again at the gathered crowd. As people climbed on trees and clambered on gates to get a better look at Sridevi’s hearse, her stepson Arjun Kapoor requested people with folded hands to let the funeral procession pass through. Thousands walked along with the hearse all the way to crematorium, a distance of about 7kms.
 
3.28pm: During Sridevi’s funeral procession, thousands of heartbroken fans line the streets and many are seen crying. Here’s an aerial view of the procession.
 
3.14pm: Rani Mukerjee remembers her ‘maa’ Sridevi and how she used to call her ‘laddoo.’ Read full story here.
 
2.53pm: Boney Kapoor, Mohit Marwah and Arjun Kapoor spotted on the hearse.
 
2.43pm: Scene outside Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium where Sridevi’s cortege is scheduled to arrive shortly.
 
2.36pm: The state honours for Sridevi, who was conferred Padma Shri in 2013, included draping her body in the Tricolour with elaborate arrangements by the Mumbai Police, and a gun salute before the cremation.
 
2.12pm: Sridevi begins her last journey. Husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Khushi and Janhvi were spotted by her side before the cortege began. She would be cremated with state honours at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium. Fans were seen breaking down as their golden girl started her last journey.
 
2.00pm: Police has begun lathi charge to control the crowd. Fans were not let in after 12pm to pay their last respects, as a result of which too many of them ended up waiting outside. Despite repeated warnings by the police, the crowd refused to leave. The police then had to resort to lathi charge.
 
1.50pm: Sridevi is dressed in her favourite Kanjeevaram red and golden saree for her final journey. Her body has been kept in a glass casket. The procession is scheduled to begin at 2.00pm. Read full story here.
 
1.30pm: There seems to be crowd of around 7,000 outside Celebration Sports Club. While, there are quite a lot of fans here some seem to be waiting around even after paying their last respects to catch a glimpse of other Bollywood celebrities. The crowd is getting unmanageable for the police and the security personnel. Police and the traffic crew are asking people to not crowd the gates before the body leaves from the club. Around 500 police personnel have been deployed to manage the crowd.
 
1.25pm: Filmfare has shared pictures of the truck on which Sridevi’s mortal remains will be transported to the crematorium in Vile Parle.
 
1.15pm: Mumbai Police tries to control the ever-increasing crowd outside Celebration Sports Club.
 
12.57pm: Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Vivek and Suresh Oberoi, Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, Himesh Reshammiya, Malaika Arora, Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Ramesh Sippy, Kiran Juneja, Tisca Chopra, Sajid Khan, John Abraham and Sanjay Leela Bhansali arrive to pay respects.
 
12.50pm: Arjun Kapoor spotted inside the Celebration Sports Club with his family members.
 
12.33pm: Actors Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, Sophie Chaudhary, Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira Rajput and directors Rakesh Roshan and David Dhawan arrive to pay respects.
 
12.25pm: Actor Rekha and fashion designer Manish Malhotra arrive to pay respects.
 
12.20pm: According to ANI, Sridevi will be cremated with state honours. The Mumbai Police band has reached Celebrations Sports Club to honour the actor.
 
12.15pm: According to The Indian Express, Sridevi’s body is laid inside a glass casket, adorned with flowers inside the Celebration Sports Club. Fans and Bollywood celebrities are offering prayers and condolences to the grieving family. Husband Boney Kapoor and his daughters Janhvi and Khushi appear ‘visibly shattered.’ Other family members including Boney’s brothers Sanjay and Anil are receiving the guests while his niece Sonam Kapoor and her boyfriend Anand Ahuja are standing beside Sridevi’s body.
 
12.14pm: Singer Alka Yagnik and Mahima Chaudhary arrive to pay respects.
 
12.03pm: A man from Kerala, Ashraf “Sherry” Thamarassery, helped bring her mortal remains home...and for 4,700 others. Read full story here.
 
11.30am: Green Acres Society, where Sridevi used to live with her family, has cancelled their Holi function as a mark of respect towards the actor.
 
11.27am: Fashion designer Masaba Gupta with husband and film producer Madhu Mantena, Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kisan and Bollywood directors Imtiaz Ali and Subhash Ghai arrive to pay respects.
 
11.10am: Actors Jacqueline Fernandez, Kajol, Ajay Devgn, Jaya Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and her husband Dr Sriram Nene arrive to pay respects.
 
11.02am: Television actors Karishma Tanna and Rakhi Sawant arrive to pay respects.
 
10.45am: Sushmita Sen arrives to pay respects.
 
10.38am: Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Manish Paul and Satish Kaushik arrive at Celebration Sports Club to pay last tributes.
 
10.18 am: Family members of Sridevi have started arriving at the venue. After Sanjay Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor reached the prayer hall with Anand Ahuja, as did Sonam’s sister Rhea and brother Harshvardhan Kapoor. Farah Khan also reached Celebration Club to pay last tributes to Sridevi. Hema Malni also reached the venue with daughter Esha Deol.
 
10.06am: Bollywood actors have started arriving to pay condolences to Sridevi’s family. Akshaye Khanna, who worked with Sridevi in her last Bollywood release Mom, reached the venue where he was seen with Sanjay Kapoor before proceeding to where the actor’s body has been kept.
 
9.58 am: Not just celebs and film personalities, the grieving fans of Sridevi who have lined up at Celebration Sports Club since morning are paying their last respects to the departed star. They have come with banners and flowers and are standing in long queues to have one last look at the Bollywood star. Sridevi ruled the industry in 80s and 90s and her return to the screen with English Vinglish and Mom was highly appreciated.
 
9.44am: Actor Annu Kapoor has criticised the insensitive media coverage on Sridevi’s death in an interview to ANI at Celebration Sports Club. “It’s media job to ask questions, it’s people’s call if they want to throw it in the dustbin or not. At this moment, family is in a lot of pain. Daughters have lost their mother at such a young age. We should pray for them,” he said. Annu plays Sridevi’s boss in Mr India.
 
9.30am: Actor and India’s representative at Miss Universe 2015 pageant, Urvashi Rautela arrives to pay final respects to Sridevi.
 
9.20am: Arbaaz Khan arrives at Celebration Sports Club to pay final respects to Sridevi.
 
9.15am: T-Series’ Priya Gupta shared a prayer meet invitation on Twitter. “If you want to pay your condolences to your favourite #Srideviji.”
 
9.13am: Sridevi’s last remains have been brought to the Celebration Sports Club where fans and Bollywood celebs will pay their final respects to the star.
 
9.00am: Sridevi’s brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor arrives at Celebration Sports Club.
 
8.56am: Ritiesh Deshmukh has called the media coverage on Sridevi’s death a ‘bl**dy circus’ in a tweet. “It’s a bloody circus. Some of the TV channels have dug new lows for themselves. Let’s give #Sridevi Ji & her family the dignity & respect they deserve,” he wrote.
 
8.00am: Security personnel and Mumbai police can be seen outside the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala, Mumbai where fans, Bollywood celebs and media persons will pay final respects to the actor.
 
12.00am: Salman Khan arrives at Sridevi’s residence.
 
Feb 27, 11:35pm: As per a statement released by the Kapoor family, Sridevi’s body will be kept at the Celebration Sports Club, Garden No 5, Lokhandwala Complex in Mumbai from 9:30am to 12:30pm for the friends and family to pay their last respect to her. Her funeral will take place at 3:30pm.
 
Feb 27, 10:37pm: The vehicle carrying Sridevi’s body reaches her Lokhandwala house. Her funeral will take place at Vile Parle crematorium tomorrow at 3:30pm.
 
Sridevi’s body was taken to her residence in Green Acres, Lokhandwala, from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in a convoy after reaching Mumbai. Tight security arrangements were in place both on the way and outside the house, as a large number of fans had gathered to get a glimpse of their beloved actress.
 
Dubai Police announced on Tuesday that Sridevi died of drowning in the bathtub of her hotel bathroom. Dubai Public Prosecutor’s Office made the announcement, adding that the “case was now closed”.