It has nearly been two weeks since the 54-year-old actress, Sridevi passed away on February 24 in Dubai and we still find it hard to register the fact that she is no more with us. While we were initially told that the actress died of cardiac arrest, but after an autopsy report was issued by authorities in Dubai, it was discovered that the actress died of accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub on losing consciousness.
Her untimely demise came as a shocker not just to her family but also to her fans and the entire film fraternity. But everyone including Sridevi’s family is gradually trying to cope up with the loss.
Earlier, talking to his friend, trade analyst, Komal Nahta, Boney spilled the beans on what happened the night Sridevi died. He explained in detail how he opened the bathroom door and found her dead.
“On 24th (February 24) morning, I spoke to her. When she told me, ‘Papa (that’s how she addressed Boney), I’m missing you’, I also told her that I was missing her a lot. But I didn’t tell her that I would be joining her in Dubai in the evening. Janhvi had seconded my idea of going to Dubai because she was scared, her mom, not used to being alone, would misplace her passport or some important document if she was alone,” Boney said.
He also revealed that it was the third time in his life when he and his wife hadn’t travelled together. He said, “Although I didn’t accompany her on those two trips, I made sure that my friend’s wife was with her on both the occasions. The Dubai stay was the first time Sridevi was alone for two days — 22nd and 23rd — in a foreign land.”
After the wedding of their nephew Mohit Marwah, Boney had to fly back to India since he had an important meeting to attend. But Sridevi stayed back as she had to shop for her daughter Janhvi.
When Boney went back to Dubai, the two kissed and hugged each other and conversed for 15 minutes before he freshened up and suggested them to go for a dinner date. After their conversation, Boney went to the living room while Sridevi went to the master bathroom to bathe and get ready.
While Sridevi was bathing, Boney shuffled through TV channels and ended up watching South Africa-India match for few minutes followed by the Pakisatan Super League cricket match highlights. After 15-20 minutes passed by, he realised that it was 8pm already and they would not be able to find a table in the restaurants if they got anymore late.
So, he shouted out to Sridevi from the living room. He tried calling out to her twice but still didn’t get any reply. This was when he walked to the bedroom and knocked at the bathroom door and called out to her yet again. Hearing the sound of the running tap in the bathroom, Boney called out ‘Jaan Jaan’ but she didn’t reply even then.
After repeatedly calling out and getting no response from Sri’s end, Boney got tensed and opened the door which had not been bolted from inside. And what he saw next was something that he has never prepared for.
He saw that the tub was full of water and his wife was immersed completely, from head to toe, inside the tub. Shook by the terrible sight, he immediately reached out to her but on finding her motionless, he feared the worst.
Sridevi had drowned, and there was nothing that Boney could do to save her beloved.
After hearing the entire story, Nahta wrote, “Whether she first drowned and then became unconscious, or she first fell asleep or unconscious and then drowned, nobody will, perhaps, ever know. But she probably never got a chance to even struggle for a minute because had she moved her arms and legs in panic while drowning, there would be some water spilling out of the tub. But there wasn’t a drop of water on the floor outside the tub area. The mystery will remain unsolved.”