Sridevi is dead, and so is the self-regulation promise of Indian media

Outrage is not enough; it has to be understood and dealt with, and to some extent, accepted as an inevitable part of a quarter-baked media in a half-baked democracy.

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Today’s Paper : Media channels have been condemned for their ‘ghastly’coverage of the death of Bollywood superstar Sridevi as the nation continues to mourn her passing. Television channels have covered the 54-year-old actress’ death relentlessly since she passed away unexpectedly Saturday night in Dubai. This author decodes the “third degree” journalism in India given the TV channels’ tendency to behave like power-drunk interrogators.
It is time to face a simple truth after the outrage over Indian media coverage of the death of Bollywood’s first female superstar, Sridevi: that outrage is not enough; it has to be understood and dealt with, and to some extent, accepted as an inevitable part of a quarter-baked media in a half-baked democracy. | Business Standard
In case you have not watched the prurient TV channels that made a macabre masquerade out of a solemn event (I confess even I did not watch much), the news in brief, elaborately tracked on the Web is this: they conjectured that the death was more than unnatural, hinted towards crimes and/or misdismeanours, and created scenarios and digital constructions that included a wine glass near a bathtub, a reporter crouching inside a bathtub, and detailed forensic measurements that would have been better off in a fictional channel specialising in crime.
But there are those who are outraged by the outrage over the media coverage, which has resulted in predictable and understandable articles that deride the fall of balance, ethics and responsibility in journalism. It is necessary to look beyond this outrage, at least to focus on the belief of the channels and their viewers who think they were indeed doing the right thing in “investigating” the death by drowning in a bathtub in a Dubai hotel.
Typically, celebrity death stories have three angles that editors would like to highlight:
one is the news of the death itself, second is the manner of the death, and the third would be on obituary references, which in the case of achievers like Sridevi are phenomenal. Ideally, the news of the death would be reported in solemn tones, obituary references in laudatory tones and the manner of death in proportion to the detail.
It is in the last that TV channels have triggered outrage, as they virtually abandoned the first two angles and used recent events like her dancing in a wedding the previous week and her cinematic persona to create a construction that smacks of what they call yellow journalism. We could call it “third degree” journalism, given the channels’ tendency to behave like power-drunk interrogators.
Here is the problem: in the eyes of those who did it, obviously with television rating points (TRPs) in mind, what they were doing is an investigative journalism of sorts, given its forensic trappings. However, a culturally forensic look at this forensic journalism reveals a bias for presumption of some crime, a bias towards judging the morality of a woman who may have sipped alcohol, and a bias towards examining choices including marriage to a previously married man, a plastic surgery or eating habits. | Readmore
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Sridevi funeral: State honour for actor, celebs pay respect, & more updates

The actor passed away late Saturday night in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family for the wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah

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Veteran actor Sridevi will be cremated with state honours. The Maharashtra government has made arrangements for the elaborate event and the Mumbai Police band has already reached Celebration Sports Club. The actor will be honoured with a gun salute and the body will be draped in the national flag.  | Today’s Paper

Earlier, Bollywood celebrities lined up to pay their final respect to Sridevi at Mumbai’s Celebration Sports Club, where her mortal remains had been kept for condoling fans and celebs to pay their final tributes to the veteran actor. Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Karan Johar were among the celebs to who paid their last respect.

Her mortal remains arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday night and the funeral will take place today at 3.30 pm. Her family announced that Sridevi’s body would be kept at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala for people to pay their last respect before it is taken for cremation.

“On behalf of Khushi, Jahnvi, Boney Kapoor, the entire Kapoor and Ayyappan families, a sincere thanks to the media for your continued sensitivity and support during this emotional moment,” a statement released by the Kapoor family said.

The actor passed away late Saturday night in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family for the wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah.

Dubai officials handed over the body to her family yesterday after completion of all formalities, which took three days. The Indian embassy in Dubai had worked closely with UAE officials to ensure the process was completed in the least possible time.

The actor’s autopsy report had led to speculations over her death as the report stated that she died due to accidental drowning and not cardiac arrest as reported earlier. However, Dubai police has now closed the case as no foul play was apparently suspected by the investigators.

Here are the top 10 developments since the death of the legendary actor:

1. State honour for Sridevi: Maharashtra government has made arrangements to cremate the actor with state honours.

 2. Celebs pay their last respect to Sridevi: Filmmakers and actors were among the people who arrived at Mumbai’s Celebration Sports Club to pay their respect to the veteran actor. Among the first to arrive at the club were actors Arbaz Khan and Urvashi Rautela. Actors Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen and Sonal Kapoor also arrived at the club on Wednesday.
3. Funeral today: Sridevi’s funeral will take place at the Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium & Hindu Cemetery at around 3:30 pm. According to the arrangements, the media would not be allowed either inside the club or the crematorium.
4. Fans allowed to pay their last respect: The body will be kept for three hours at the Celebration Sports Club, Andheri (West) from 9.30 am onwards to enable people and her fans to pay their last respect, according to a statement released by her family.
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Sridevi funeral today, Urvashi, Karan pay last respect: Top 10 developments

The actor passed away late Saturday night in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family for the wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah

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Bollywood icon Sridevi’s mortal remains have been kept at Mumbai’s Celebration Sports Club, where celebs and fans can pay their last respect to the actor. Actors Arbaaz Khan, Urvashi Rautela and Karan Johar were among the people who paid their last respect to the veteran actor at the club. | Today’s Paper

Her mortal remains arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday night and the funeral will take place today at 3.30 pm. Her family announced that Sridevi’s body would be kept at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala for people to pay their last respect before it is taken for cremation.“On behalf of Khushi, Jahnvi, Boney Kapoor, the entire Kapoor and Ayyappan families, a sincere thanks to the media for your continued sensitivity and support during this emotional moment,” a statement released by the Kapoor family said.The actor passed away late Saturday night in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family for the wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah.Dubai officials handed over the body to her family yesterday after completion of all formalities, which took three days. The Indian embassy in Dubai had worked closely with UAE officials to ensure the process was completed in the least possible time.The actor’s autopsy report had led to speculations over her death as the report stated that she died due to accidental drowning and not cardiac arrest as reported earlier. However, Dubai police has now closed the case as no foul play was apparently suspected by the investigators. | Business Standard

Here are the top 10 developments since the death of the legendary actor:

1. Celebs pay their last respect to Sridevi: Filmmakers and actors were among the people who arrived at Mumbai’s Celebration Sports Club to pay their respect to the veteran actor. Among the first to arrive at the club were actors Arbaz Khan and Urvashi Rautela. Film producer Karan Johar also arrived at the club on Wednesday morning.

2. Funeral today: Sridevi’s funeral will take place at the Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium & Hindu Cemetery at around 3:30 pm. According to the arrangements, the media would not be allowed either inside the club or the crematorium.

3. Fans allowed to pay their last respect: The body will be kept for three hours at the Celebration Sports Club, Andheri (West) from 9.30 am onwards to enable people and her fans to pay their last respect, according to a statement released by her family.

4. Fans jostle for a glimpse: As the ambulance carrying the mortal remains of the actor entered her residence, a number of fans jostled for a glimpse of their favourite actor. Visuals from the site showed fans lining up on both sides of the road leading up to the residence with some even climbing the trees to have a clear view.

5. No foul play: Dubai prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday that it was closing the case following the completion of investigations. The agency put to rest all speculations on her death by stating that she had died from “accidental drowning” in her bathtub, after losing consciousness. “The case had been closed,” the prosecutor’s office said.

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Sridevi funeral: Body released; Arjun Kapoor in Dubai; top 10 developments

Sridevi’s death case took a new twist on Monday as her autopsy report revealed that she died due to accidental drowning and not cardiac arrest

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Sridevi’s mortal remains are finally set to get embalmed after the Dubai Police on Tuesday handed over letters for the release of the Bollywood actor’s body to the Indian consulate and her family members. | Today’s Paper
Meanwhile, her stepson Arjun Kapoor landed in Dubai on Tuesday to help his father Boney Kapoor wrap up the formalities and take the body back to Mumbai. “Arjun has gone to Dubai this morning to be with his father at the hotel while the formalities are being wrapped up and to oversee the return journey,” said an official statement from the family in Mumbai.
Indian Envoy to UAE Navdeep Suri assured that the Indian embassy was trying hard to send Sridevi’s body to India at the earliest.
“Our embassy and consulate are working closely with local authorities to expedite the return of Sridevi’s mortal remains and also keeping Kapoor family apprised. It is our endeavour to send mortal remains of Sridevi to India at the earliest, ” Suri told ANI.
Sridevi’s death took a new twist on Monday as her autopsy report revealed that she died due to accidental drowning and not cardiac arrest as reported earlier. The autopsy report has also revealed that there were traces of alcohol in her blood.
Today, her body will be moved to the AL Muhaisana embalming unit and will be repatriated to Mumbai once all the paperwork and investigation has been completed.
There have been conflicting reports on the questioning of Boney Kapoor. According to several media reports, Boney Kapoor was summoned by the Dubai police for questioning. However, Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported that Kapoor was not summoned by the police. Kapoor was questioned only at the time of the discovery of Sridevi’s body at the hotel room, the report further said.
Here are the top 10 developments since the death of the legendary actor:
1. Body proceeds for embalming: Dubai Police has handed over the letters for the release of Sridevi’s mortal remains to the Indian consulate and her family members, news agencies reported, citing information from the Khaleej Times. The body can now proceed for embalming.
2. Arjun Kapoor in Dubai: Sridevi’s family released a statement on Tuesday stating that the actor’s stepson had gone to Mumbai to be with his father at the hotel while the formalities were being wrapped up and to oversee the return journey.
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Sridevi funeral: Actor drowned; body still in Dubai; top 10 developments

Sridevi’s death case took a new twist on Monday as her autopsy report revealed that she died due to accidental drowning and not cardiac arrest

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Veteran actor Sridevi’s mortal remains are still in Dubai, pending paperwork. After receiving the Autopsy report, the Dubai police has started examining the circumstances of the actor’s death. According to media reports, police are trying to recreate the sequence of events leading up to her death and have questioned those accompanying her, including her husband. | Today’s Paper

Meanwhile, Indian Envoy to UAE Navdeep Suri assured that the Indian embassy was trying hard to send Sridevi’s body to India at the earliest.

“Our embassy and consulate are working closely with local authorities to expedite the return of Sridevi’s mortal remains and also keeping Kapoor family apprised. It is our endeavour to send mortal remains of Sridevi to India at the earliest, ” Suri told ANI.
Sridevi’s death took a new twist on Monday as her autopsy report revealed that she died due to accidental drowning and not cardiac arrest as reported earlier. The autopsy report has also revealed that there were traces of alcohol in her blood.

Today, her body will be moved to the AL Muhaisana embalming unit and will be repatriated to Mumbai once all the paperwork and investigation has been completed.
There have been conflicting reports on the questioning of Boney Kapoor. According to several media reports, Boney Kapoor was summoned by the Dubai police for questioning. However, Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported that Kapoor was not summoned by the police. Kapoor was questioned only at the time of the discovery of Sridevi’s body at the hotel room, the report further said.

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Here are the top 10 developments since the death of the legendary actor:
1. Police record Boney Kapoor’s statement: Police recorded the statement of Sridevi’s husband and noted film producer Boney kapoor, the Gulf News reported on late Monday night.

According to media reports, Kapoor was summoned by the Dubai police to Bur Dubai police station for investigation.

However, a Khaleej Times report denies that Kapoor was summoned by the Dubai police. The report says the police had a conversation with Kapoor when Sridevi’s body was discovered at the hotel room on the night of death. Citing sources in the Dubai police, the report further says that Kapoor was not called by the police for any further interrogation.

2. Sridevi’s body remains in Dubai: Sridevi’s body was expected to reach India on Monday but it did’t, pending paperwork. ” Our experience in similar cases tells us that it does take 2-3 days to complete processes,” India’s Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri said. He further said that the Indian embassy was trying hard to send her mortal remains to India at the earliest.

Dubai police sources, told the Times of India that clearance for the body to be taken to India would be given only after questioning has been completed on Tuesday.

3. Autopsy report: The forensic report by UAE’s health ministry on Monday revealed that the cause of the actress’ death was ‘accidental drowning’. According to UAE’s Gulf News, Sridevi was under the influence of alcohol in her hotel room when she lost her balance, fell into the bathtub and drowned. She was immediately rushed to Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

4. Celebs at Anil Kapoor’s house: Bollywoood celebrities, including Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, were spotted outside Anil Kapoors residence. South Indian superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth were also among the visitors at Anil Kapoor’s residence.

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