Sridevi dies at 54: Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away on Saturday night after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. The actress was attending the marriage of nephew Mohit Marwah. Her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi along with members of Kapoor family were also present. The news was no less of a shocker and the entire country is still finding it difficult to come to terms with her shock demise.
Social media is flooding with messages, pictures dedicated to the ‘Hawa Hawai’ actress, who was last seen in Mom in 2017. But amidst all this, Congress has landed on the receiving end because of a tweet from the official handle of The Indian National Congress.
As condolences came pouring in, Congress, “We regret to hear about the passing away of Sridevi. An actor par excellence. A legend who will continue to live in our hearts through her stellar body of work. Our deepest condolences to her loved ones. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the UPA Govt in 2013,” Following this, Congress was criticised for apparently politicising something as sensitive as this.
The previous Congress tweet has now been replaced with a revised version which reads, “We regret to hear about the passing away of Sridevi. An actor par excellence. A legend who will continue to live in our hearts through her stellar body of work. Our deepest condolences to her loved ones.” another tweet from the handle reads, ” “She received a multitude of awards including the fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2013 by the Govt of India & 6 Filmfare awards, the first at the age of 14. Sridevi started her career at the age of 4 in ‘Thunaivan’. Her Bollywood debut was in ‘Julie’ at 12.”
Here’s how people reacted:
Was that ‘by the UPA Govt’ really necessary INC, in a condolence message? 🙁 pic.twitter.com/BkgrYEKYCh
— Karthik (@beastoftraal) February 25, 2018
“She Was Awarded The Padma Shri By The UPA Govt In 2013”. Are You Serious? Is That Line Even Necessary To Pay Tribute To A Legendary Actress? Please Stop Politicising The Death. You Guys Are Disgrace To Humanity. Shame On You Congress. #Sridevi #RIPSridevihttps://t.co/gdPHFEIWE4
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 25, 2018
Dear @OfficeOfRG you make an award sound like a favour granted. More importantly, #PadmaAwards is an honour given by the country (hence, @rashtrapatibhvn) to its citizen – not by any political party. Shows Congress’ sense of entitlement. By this tweet you have insulted #Sridevi
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) February 25, 2018
Also mention, she was born when Nehru was the prime-minister.
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) February 25, 2018
It has been reported by the Khaleej Times that the actress had a fainting spell in the bathroom of her hotel room in Emirates Tower at 11 pm on Saturday. She was rushed to the hospital immediately but the doctors declared her brought dead to the hospital. Her mortal remains are to arrive in Mumbai today at 8 pm. Her last rites are likely to be carried out tomorrow.