Islamabad, Feb 26: In Sridevi's untimely and shocking death, Pakistan and India are together. Like India, Pakistan too is mourning the sudden death of Bollywood superstar at the age of 54. She breathed her last in Dubai on late Saturday night. According to reports, Sridevi died due to a massive cardiac arrest. Her body is likely to reach Mumbai on Monday after which are last rites will be conducted by her family members. Sridevi is survived by her husband, producer Boney Kapoor, and two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi.
Sridevi, who had worked in superhit Bollywood films like Mr India, Chaalbaaz and English Vinglish, and several other south Indian movies, has left an indelible mark in the hearts of movie lovers across the world, and Pakistani fans are no exception.
Pakistani actress Sajal Aly Khan, who acted with Sridevi in Mom last year, said: "My experience of working with her was exceptional and she cared for me like a mother would for her child. I just feel as if I have again lost my mother." Mom was Sridevi's last movie outing.
Another Pakistani actor, Adnan Ali Siddiqui, who starred as Sridevi's husband in Mom, said he is still not able to believe that his co-star is no more. "Life is so unpredictable. A lady with just not extreme talent but a beautiful soul. Sridevi Kapoor leaves us heavy-hearted," he added.
The sudden demise of legendary actor, Sridevi, has shocked the entire Pakistani entertainment industry with celebrities such as Mahira Khan, Ali Zafar, Fawad Khan and Imran Abbas paying their condolences and tributes to the Bollywood diva.
Mahira tweeted, "So grateful to have grown up and lived in the times of Sridevi. Thank you for the movies, thank you for the magic. You shall live on forever." "Great artists.. we cry for them without ever really knowing them, we mourn them because they helped us know ourselves..," she added.
Great artists.. we cry for them without ever really knowing them, we mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.. pic.twitter.com/9dwnDC8qjb— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) February 25, 2018
Nadeem Madviwalla, a top Pakistani film distributor and exhibitor, recalled that Indian films were banned in Pakistan when Sridevi was at her best in Bollywood. "We used to watch Indian films on VCRs and never missed a Sridevi release," he said. Imran said the legendary actor was the "ultimate superstar". Zafar tweeted," Sridevi had left us with great memories of joys and tears."
Former Pakistani cricketers, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram, who are in Dubai for the Pakistan Super League paid their condolences to the family. Pakistan's federal information minister, Maryam Aurangzeb, also said at a function that everyone was sad to hear about Sridevi's death and described her as a very versatile actor.
Bollywood films are very popular in Pakistan and fans adore popular Indian actors and actresses. On several occasions, Pakistan has banned Indian films whenever political relationship between the two countries has deteriorated. However, as Nadeem has said, Pakistani movie buffs have always found ways to watch and enjoy Hindi films.
While a lot of Pakistani actors, musicians and singers have worked in Bollywood, except for noted actor Naseeruddin Shah, probably nobody from the Indian side has worked in the Pakistani film industry, popularly known as Lollywood, in the recent times.
Recently, Union Minister Babul Supriyo demanded a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the Hindi film industry. His statement has created a lot of anguish in both Pakistan and India, especially among those who want the continuation of "people to people dialogue" among the two hostile neighbouring countries.