LAHORE: In a tragic turn of events, Sri Devi Kapoor, also known as the first superstar of India, passed away due to cardiac arrest in Dubai.
Sri Devi’s brother-in-law, Sanjay Kapoor confirmed the news of her death to the media while he was heading to Dubai. Her husband, producer Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor were by her side during her last moments.
While the world is still at loss for words, many local celebrities took to social media to share their grief and extend their condolences to the late actor’s family.
Sajal Aly, who played Sri Devi’s daughter in her Bollywood debut, Mom, shared a picture of the two on Instagram with the caption, “Lost my mom again…” Aly, also lost her own mother to cancer last year.
Humayun Saeed tweeted, “Shocked beyond words to hear about Sri Devi’s untimely death. A legendary actress whose work will continue to inspire many and forever remain cherished. May her soul rest in peace.”
Shocked beyond words to hear about Sri Devi’s untimely death. A legendary actress whose work will continue to inspire many and forever remain cherished. May her soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/hraofkHqHh
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) February 24, 2018
Sharing a picture of the legendary actor, Mahira Khan wrote, “So grateful to have grown up and lived in the times of Sri Devi. Thank you for the movies, thank you for the magic. You shall live on forever.”
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) February 25, 2018
Ali Zafar wrote, “Rest in peace #Sridevi ji. You have left us with great memories of joy and tears.”
Rest in peace #Sridevi ji. You have left us with great memories of joy and tears.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) February 25, 2018
Adnan Siddique, who had worked with Sri Devi in her last venture Mom, shared a picture of her on Instagram with the caption, “Life is so unpredictable. A lady with not just extreme talent but also a beautiful soul, Sri Devi Kapoor leaves us heavy-hearted. So many memories attached while shooting ‘Mom’ with her. Just a couple days back I met her at Boney Kapoor’s nephew’s wedding and who would have thought that it is the last time I’m seeing her. I’m still in a state of shock and out of words to describe my feeling! May her soul rests in eternal peace hereafter.”
“R.I.P legend, we’ll miss you,” wrote Saba Qamar who shared a picture of her and the late actor from the Masala Awards held last year in Dubai.
Legendary qawwal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan wrote on Twitter, “My condolences to Boney Kapoor Ji and the Kapoor family. Deeply saddened to lose an icon like Sridevi Ji.”
— Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (@RFAKWorld) February 24, 2018
Imran Abbas tweeted a picture of Sri Devi with the caption, “The Sadma of losing this ultimate superstar is heart-wrenching. Her smile, beauty, acting, aura and those ‘Nigaahain‘ will be missed forever.”
The “SADMA” of losing this ultimate superstar is heart wrenching .Her smile, beauty, acting, aura and those “NIGAAHAIN” will be missed forever. pic.twitter.com/9Y6S5qXt9w
— Imran Abbas (@ImranAbbas) February 24, 2018
“Mein khawabon ki shehzadi…Mein hun har dil has per chayee. Indeed. RIP Sri Devi. You’ll always have our hearts, grateful to have met the legend that you’ll always be,” Mawra Hocane, wrote alongside a picture of the two from the Masala! Dubai awards.
Sharing the lyrics of Sri Devi’s popular song, Sanam Saeed, tweeted her sentiments, “Bijalee girane main houn ayee… kehtay hain mujh ko Hawa Hawai. Sridevi our bachpan ki pari. What a tremendous loss. My deepest condolences to the family.”
— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) February 25, 2018
Ahmed Ali Butt shared a collage of Sri Devi’s most popular films with the caption, “The woman that I fell in love on screen as a child, her movies were a huge part of my youth and had such a massive impact on me. She was an always will be the one and only #Sridevi #Chandni.”
Naumaan Ijaz tweeted, “This is so so sad. Sri Devi was a legend, an inspiration and one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema. She is gone too soon and has taken a bit of our youth with her. Rest in peace, beautiful woman.”
This is so so sad. #SriDevi was a legend, an inspiration and one of the finest actresses in Hindi cinema. She is gone too soon and has taken a bit of our youth with her. Rest in peace, beautiful woman.
— Naumaan Ijaz (@ijaz_naumaan) February 24, 2018
Acclaimed designer Faraz Manan, who had dressed Sri Devi on many occasions, shared a picture of the late actress on his Instagram with the caption, “Growing up Sridevi was a phenomenon, a word that embodied beauty talent entertainment superstardom. Never would I have thought in my wildest dreams we would connect meet and become close in the last three months of your life. From our first meeting to our telephone calls to our discussions over Chandni, Lamhe, films, fashion, life. I learnt so much from you till I spoke to you yesterday. I’m sorry I missed you in Dubai this time Sri. Yet I’m proud of having known you in this little time not just as a star but as a real person and the love for life, dedication, humility and love that you had for your daughters and family. Rest in Peace Sridevi. There will never be anyone like you ever again.”
It is indeed a sad day for both the Pakistan and Indian film industry.