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Sridevi death: Fans to pay last respects 9.30am onwards, funeral at 3.30pm

The late actress's body will be kept for three hours at the Celebration Sports Club, Andheri (West) before being taken to the Ville Parle crematorium for last rites.

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Veteran actress Sridevi's mortal remains arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday (27 February) night, around 72 hours after her sudden demise in Dubai. Her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (28 February).

Her body was taken to her residence in Green Acres, Lokhandwala, from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in a convoy. 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.

Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor, brothers-in-law Sanjay Kapoor and Sandeep Marwah, sister-in-law Reena Marwah and stepson Arjun Kapoor were on the chartered Reliance Transport Embraer jet 135BJ which carried her mortal remains from Dubai to Mumbai.

The late actress' daughter Janhvi Kapoor and other family members — Anil Kapoor, Anshula Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor — were present at the airport along with business magnate Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani.

Sridevi died on Saturday (24 February) night, but her body was brought only on Tuesday as the Dubai Prosecutor's Office was investigating the case of her death.

The prosecutor's office said forensic report had stated that she had died from "accidental drowning" in the bathtub of her hotel room, after losing consciousness. The case has been closed, the prosecutor's office confirmed.

Her body was handed over to the bereaved family on Tuesday as no foul play was suspected.

A tweet from the official feed of the Government of Dubai Media Office read: "The decision to release the body came after all the investigations and procedural matters followed in such incidents were completed, in order to determine all its circumstances and ensure that justice was done within the framework of the law."

After embalming, Sridevi's body was taken to Dubai airport.

According to a statement on behalf of Sridevi's family, the body will be kept for three hours at the Celebration Sports Club, Andheri (West), near her residence from 9.30am onwards to enable people and her fans to pay their last respects.

The final journey of the star — best known for her performances in iconic Hindi films like Mr. India (1987), Nagina (1986), Sadma (1983), Chandni (1989) and Khuda Gawah (1992) — will commence at 2.00pm from the club to the Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery at SV Road in Vile Parle (West), where it will reach at around 3.30pm.