Navdeep Singh Suri, High Commissioner of India to the UAE, has provided an update on all that is known at the moment about the shocking death of Bollywood icon Sridevi.
"We got the unfortunate news late last night from the UAE authorities", Suri said, adding that they have been working to ensure that the processes are completed as quickly as possible.
He added that he was in touch with the family and they joined in grieving with the nation on the unfortunate demise.
"Yes, I am in touch with them. It's a difficult time for everybody."
On when we can expect Sridevi's mortal remains to arrive, he said:
"As early as possible as there are Dubai government processes that need to be completed. These are normal processes for any country. We're in touch with them, to fast-track them. As soon as it's completed, we're ready to provide our support to them in the documentation that is needed."
He declined to furnish information on things such as the hospital where her mortal remains are located, saying, "these are issues that the Dubai government is responsible for."
He assured that the consulate is in touch with the family and the local authorities, saying it was the least they could do in the current circumstances.
Sridevi died late on Saturday night (UAE time) after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was in Dubai to attend a wedding.
Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with ‘Solva Sawan’, but it was only five years later with Jeetendra-starrer ‘Himmatwala’ that she gained commercial success. After starring in many hit films she took a break from acting for 15 years after starring in 1997's ‘Judaai’. She marked her return to the industry in 2012 with director Gauri Shinde's ‘English Vinglish’. In 2017, Sridevi starred a revenge drama 'Mom' which also featured Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She also shot for a special appearance in Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film ‘Zero’ which is scheduled to releases this December.