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Sridevi’s death has led to relentless speculations regarding her lifestyle and health. Can’t we offer a bit more grace and dignity to the departed soul?
I got up at around 5 AM on 25th February, with a ping on my phone. (When you have a son in the hostel and aging parents staying away from you, your phone is always next to you.)
The News App on my phone announced with a deathly finality that the movie star Sridevi was no more. I hoped it was a hoax, but sadly…
Even before the body (how I hate this mechanical term! Suddenly a life becomes a file.) had reached India, already, there were various write-ups floating around, dissecting her death.
About medicines consumed and surgeries suffered to keep the soaring weight down, by destroying hunger and increasing metabolic rate, thereby increasing the pressure on her heart. About alcohol imbibed.
Is this the time really, to bring out the knives to cut the departed soul and shred her dignity to pieces? The grace to not shoot poison-tipped arrows, is expected of us.
In these relentless online times, we are all victims of this disease of not wanting to age, not wanting to grey, or wrinkle. There is a time for every discussion, but it is not right now. Let us mourn the loss of this stellar performer. God bless this departed soul, who entertained us, made us cry, laugh, and lust.
As a South Indian, I have had the double privilege of seeing her act in some superlative flicks in both Telugu and in Hindi. There are so many to list. But one thing is for sure. Mate! Your health matters! That’s the lesson for me today.
The rest of the takeaways? More will surely tumble out with time!
“Yeh Lamhe ChaalBaaz hain, Sridevi. Seriously, they don’t make them like you anymore.”
Rest in Peace.
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