thousands mourn at funeral of actor who redefined role of female Bollywood stars

Thousands of mourning fans have lined the streets of Mumbai to pay their respects to Sridevi Kapoor, the celebrated Bollywood actor who drowned in a hotel bathtub in Dubai over the weekend.

Her body was flown home on Tuesday night in a private plane owned by Anil Ambani, a Mumbai industrialist and entertainment baron.

Early on Wednesday morning, fans had begun lining up along a security fence outside a private club near Srideviā€™s home where her body had been laid out.

A string of luxury cars ferried family members, Bollywood stars and VIPs in through another gate, with squadrons of private guards keeping back crowds.