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Thousands say goodbye to Bollywood queen Sridevi

Last rites: Sridevi’s brother-in-law Anil Kapoor (left) with her body outside the crematorium PICS: GETTY/EPA

FILM stars joined thousands of adoring fans yesterday to pay their last respects to queen of Bollywood Sridevi in Mumbai.

Mourners filed past the actress’s body after it was placed on a platform in a hall lined with flowers at a private club near her home.

Hours before the doors were opened, fans began lining up along a security fence outside.

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‘No matter how long I have to wait, I will wait until I’m able to pay my respects,’ one man said.

A fleet of Mercedes and Audi cars ferried family members, Bollywood stars and VIPs through another gate at the club, with several private guards on hand to keep order.

Sridevi’s husband, film producer Boney Kapoor, stood on the platform with their two daughters.

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The body was later taken in a truck, decorated with flowers and a poster of the actress, to a crematorium for a Hindu funeral.

Sridevi was in Dubai for a family wedding when she drowned accidentally in a bath on Saturday.

The 54-year-old, who began as a child actress, grew so popular by the 1980s that she took top billing rather than playing the secondary ‘love interest’ roles typical for Bollywood actresses at the time.

She married Kapoor — who produced many of her films — in 1997 and stepped away from cinema for years to raise her daughters before returning to acclaim in 2012.