Sridevi Demise: Perceptions, investigative narratives and indifferent approach on cause of the actor’s death

A group of television channels have started analysing the cause of death based on the forensics reports statement – ACCIDENTAL DROWNING.

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Its been more than 36 hours that superstar Sridevi passed away but the mortal remains of the superstar are yet to be brought back to India for a funeral and understandably, there is a sense of inquisitiveness amongst fans, media outlets and general public to know the actual cause of her demise. While the initial reports suggested that Sridevi passed away due to a cardiac arrest, the forensic report, which came out after 24 hours, revealed that the actor passed away due to accidental drowning in the bathtub of the hotel room she was staying at. This report led to a lot of speculations around the news and soon the chaos started. Few hours after the forensic report was revealed, the Dubai Police Department transferred the case to the Dubai Public Prosecution according to standard procedure as is done in any case of a death outside a hospital in Dubai. A leading daily in UAE, Khaleej Times, has been posting the latest updates on their Facebook page about the progress of the case which so far is at a juncture where the mortal remains of Sridevi are yet to be handed over to the family members of the actor. Officials at the Indian Embassy are working closely with the Dubai authorities to complete the procedures appropriately.

While all this is happening, few television channels have started analysing the cause of death based on the forensics reports statement – ACCIDENTAL DROWNING. From recreating the visuals by photoshopping an image of Sridevi inside a bathtub and Boney Kapoor standing beside it to themselves sitting inside a bathtub and analysing the way she could have drowned in the bathtub, they have done it all. Preconceived notions, general perceptions, investigative narratives and indifferent approach by few television channels have clouded the case now which is now being termed as a ‘murder of journalism’ by many journalists and celebrities, and rightly so. Instead of waiting for the right authorities to complete the formalities, channels have built their own version of the story accompanied by group discussions with experts on a ‘panel’ from various industries.

While many celebrities have slammed the news channels for this kind of an approach, the LIVE discussions and analysis continue on many television channels. Prevalence of common sense seems to have hit rock bottom with such an approach where we haven’t allowed the family to grieve in this sad hour, but instead have chosen to do senseless reports on the cause of death of an iconic actress who has ruled the Indian cinema for more than three decades and has never failed to entertain/enliven us with her authentic and heart touching performances in cinema.

RIP Sridevi!

    Anonymous

    Do these people realizes the bothtub the are showing is tiny little one?? Probably they have no idea how bathroom and bath suits are in big star hotels. They are thinking of some small hotel.

    Anonymous

    The question remains: how does a perfectly healthy woman who had been dancing with her family that afternoon all of a sudden pass out, fall into a bathtub and drown? (+-6:00 PM) Emergency people weren’t called for hours (9:00 PM). Then the family announces to the world that she has died from a heart attack. It doesn’t add up. My deepest sympathies are with the family but it would be nice if someone started to tell the truth for a change.

    Anonymous

    What is this Marathi journalist saying accidental droving instead of accidental drowning. Get proper people who speak the right word.

    Anonymous

    She is no more. Can we just let her family be. Her kids have lost the most previous irreplaceable person in their lives. Stop torturing them with this insensitive crap to increase the channel TRPS.

    Anonymous

    Questions

    Anonymous

    Suspicious

    Anonymous

    Pinkvilla has the same kind of journalists/reporters. I am not surprised. Hypocrites! And don’t delete my comment again!!

      Anonymous

      Why don’t you stop being one

    Anonymous

    Very unprofessional !!!

    Anonymous

    Time for Indian Media, to show their Detective Muscles and 90’s Computer Graphics Skills !!!!

    Anonymous

    But family will not watch tv in any case

    Anonymous

    True Journalists takes pride in the work they produce. They make sure they have all the facts correct. It’s extremely insensitive to the family of the deceased to have to deal with incompetent journalism “fake news”.

    Anonymous

    How disrespectful.

    Anonymous

    Shame on you channels. Really?? Anything for TRP?? Get a life.

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