When India woke up to the news of the untimely death of Sridevi in a Dubai hotel on Sunday, a caravan of journalists and TV vans made their way to the home of her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor in Juhu, Mumbai.
By late afternoon, the reporters had fanned out to other locations –the airport, the cremation ground and the apartment complex the late actress shared with her producer husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Jhanvi and Khushi – morbidly eager to minutely document her untimely demise around-the-clock.
Since then, it’s been almost impossible to turn on TV News or log into social media without witnessing tributes, personal testimonials and conspiracy theories.
It’s been a media feeding frenzy, especially on television.
The initial rumours (there has been no official statement from the Dubai police or the family) were that Sridevi succumbed to a heart attack while in a bathtub.
So, obviously news channels lost no time in rounding up multiple ‘experts’ to speculate about the late actress’ plastic surgeries and whether she was on fat-burners or steroids; all the while the anchors kept clarifying they weren’t speculating about any particular case.