Film fraternity, politicians condole Sridevi's death

File photo of Sridevi. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 25, 2018, 01.57 AM (IST)

The entire film fraternity is in deep shock over the news of the sudden demise of Bollywood actress Sridevi. Veteran film actor and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, died late in the night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding.

Bollywood actors including Riteish Deshmukh, Priyanka Chopra, Bhagyashree, Sushmita Sen, Nimrat Kaur, Richa Sharma took to Twitter to express grief over the loss.

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Director Anurag Basu called Sridevi's death shocking and said it would be sad that Sridevi would not be able to watch her daughter on the silver screen.

"It's really shocking. For the longest time in the morning, I thought it's a rumour. She had groomed her daughter and made her what she is today, it will be sad that she will not be able to watch her on screen. Life is unpredictable," said Anurag Basu.

Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra said Sridevi's death was shocking.

"It's shocking. No one had thought that this would happen. She had just returned to films. As an actor she could carry films on her shoulders. She was a pan-Indian actress and an icon of our industry. My heart goes out to her family," he said.

"There are a few things which you find tough to believe. She was a phenomenal actress, a superstar. There was nothing that she couldn't do. She was a role model. My condolences to the entire family. This is an irreparable loss. God bless her soul," said actress Divya Dutta.

Politicians echoed Bollywood celebrities' remarks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the untimely death of the actress.

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Rahul Gandhi said he was shocked to hear about Sridevi's "sudden and untimely death"

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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani wrote an emotional letter remembering her "favourite star who defined joy in my childhood".

"I pay homage to an actor who through her body of work ascertained that a female actress' place in a commercial Hindi movie is not only to compliment her male counterparts," Smriti Irani wrote in the letter.

"My memories of Sridevi are built through my journey from being a fan girl to an actor and then my role as a politician. I have had opportunities to meet Sridevi in public engagements and industry events, and each time I went back knowing a little more about her.

"She was a woman who knew her mind and despite the challenges that came her way, she approached life with a lot of dignity. The actor in me was influenced by her work in movies like 'Chalbaaz', 'Chandni', 'Sadma' and the effortless performance in 'Lamhe'," she said.

Calling Sridevi's death an irreparable loss, Congress leader and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu said the actress was a role model and "her work will live for ever."

"It is an irreparable loss. She was an icon. I never saw her age. It is a loss for the entire country. She was a role model and her work will live for ever. She was a jewel like Kohinoor (diamond)," Navjot Singh Sidhu said.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said, Sridevi, who acted in Telugu, Hindi and several other regional films, had captivated the cine-goers with her beauty, dancing and acting skills, and had earned countless fans."

"It is unfortunate that Sridevi, who was still active in the film industry, died at a young age," he said in an official release.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the actor as "one of the most popular actors of a generation" while her Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar said Sridevi's death had caused an irreparable loss to the film fraternity.

Describing Sridevi a "strong actor", Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that Indian cinema had touched new heights through her vibrant and emotional acting.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed deep sorrow over the sudden demise of veteran actress while his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar said Sridevi had made a special place in the hearts of people through her acting.

The US consulate in Mumbai lamented Sridevi's sudden death.

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