After a long, and painful wait for the official proceedings to finish, late actor Sridevi's mortal remains were finally released by Dubai Public Prosecution and flown back to India in Anil Ambani's private jet, on Tuesday evening, with her funeral being scheduled for Wednesday.
Many actors have expressed their grief on social media at the shocking news, and Ram Gopal Verma, a self-confessed worshipper and personal confidante of India's first female superstar penned down an open letter to Sridevi's fans. The contents of that letter are deeply disturbing, and reveal a whole new side to Sridevi's life which hasn't been talked about anywhere until now.
Here are some excerpts from the blatantly honest letter:
"However shocked and sad I feel about Sridevi's death, it's finally once again a rude reminder about how unpredictable, cruel, fragile and mysterious that both life and death are."
"Sridevi's life is a classic case of how a celebrity's persons actual life is completely different from how the rest of the outside world perceives it. For many, Sridevi's life was perfect. Beautiful face, great talent, seemingly stable family with two beautiful daughters. From outside everything looked so enviable and desirable... But was Sridevi a very happy person and did she lead a very happy life? I know her life from the time I met her. I saw with my own eyes how her life was like a bird in the sky till her father's death and then became like a bird in a cage due to her overprotective mother."
"Boney's mother portrayed her as a home breaker and publicly punched her in the stomach in a five star hotel lobby for what she did to Boney's first wife Mona."
"In this entire period except for the short glimmer of English vinglish Sridevi has been pretty much an extremely unhappy woman. The uncertainty of the future, the ugly turns and twists in her private life left deep scars in the super star's sensitive mind and thereafter she was never at peace."
"She went through so much in her life and due to her early career entry as a child artiste, life never gave her time to grow up at a normal pace. More than the external peace, her internal mental state was of a high degree of concern and this forced her to look at her own self."
"She was the most beautiful woman for so many people. But did she think she was beautiful ?Yes she did, but every actresses nightmare is age and she was no exception. For years she was doing occasional cosmetic surgeries the effects of which can be clearly seen."
"She was being constantly directed by the motives of her parents, her relatives, her husband and to an extent even her own children...She was scared whether her daughters would be accepted or not like most star parents do. Sridevi is actually a child trapped in a woman's body...she is naive as a person, but suspicious because of her bitter experiences which is not a very good combination. Keeping the speculations on her death aside I generally don't say "Rest In Peace" after people die, but in her case I want to really say this because I very strongly believe that she would finally and truly rest in peace now for the first time in her life because she died."
There are many more heartfelt revelations in this letter, which will definitely make you question the sugary facade that clouds the harsh reality of a celebrity's life.
You can read the entire letter on RGV's Facebook post, here.
We sincerely hope that the bereaved family and fans are able to overcome these dark days.