Actor Sidharth Shukla was cremated on Friday afternoon at the Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai.
One of the lasting images of the last rites of Shukla was the late TV star’s ‘special friend’ Shehnaaz Gill breaking down inconsolably as she arrived with her brother Shehzaad to pay her last respects to the man with whom she shared incredible chemistry.
The actor’s mortal remains left Cooper Hospital around 1.20 pm in a hearse decorated with marigold flowers— and amid heavy police security and crowds of people hoping to catch a last glimpse of the actor.
Shukla’s mother Rita and his colleagues, including actors Aly Goni, Asim Riaz Paras Chhabra, Mahira Khan, Abhinav Shukla, Jay Bhanushali with wife Mahhi Vij, were among those inside the crematorium.
Shehnaaz Gill arrived at the crematorium with her brother. Shehnaaz and Shukla met during “Bigg Boss 13” and became an extremely popular couple.
Before stepping out of the car, Shehnaaz was seen breaking down as her brother comforted her. She was then escorted inside the crematorium by her brother and police officials amid a crowd of journalists and videographers.
A team of three doctors on Thursday night conducted the post-mortem following the sudden death of Shukla and the procedure was recorded on video.
“No injuries were found,” officials said.
Television and film actor Shukla, who became a household name with TV show ‘Balika Vadhu’, died on Thursday. He was 40.
Shukla, who is survived by his mother and two sisters, was dead when he was taken to Cooper Hospital in Juhu around 10.20 am, authorities at the hospital said.