Milling crowds of mourners lined the streets in Mumbai on Wednesday to pay homage to Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, who died in Dubai on the weekend.
The popular actress, known as one of India's first female superstars, was cremated with state honours.
The 54-year-old was in Dubai for a family wedding when she died on Saturday due to accidental drowning in her hotel apartment's bath, a post-mortem report showed.
Sridevi's body reached Mumbai late on Tuesday after a three-day wait as Dubai authorities completed investigations and formalities.
Thousands of tearful fans and Bollywood actors, carrying flowers and chanting prayers, gathered at Mumbai's Celebration Sports Club to pay their last respects to the iconic actress.
Televised footage showed a police band playing as the casket with the actress's body, clad in a bridal red and gold sari, was wrapped in the Indian flag and carried to a truck wreathed in white flowers.
Thousands of people crowded the route of the truck as it crawled towards the crematorium. Onlookers, some with their young children, lined the roads; some climbed trees and billboards, others lined roofs and verandahs of buildings.
The actress's husband, film producer Boney Kapoor, their two daughters, and various family members including Anil Kapoor, her brother-in-law and co-star of several hit films, accompanied the casket in the truck.
Her family had issued a statement asking people to join them to pay respects to the "remarkable actor, beloved wife and loving mother."
Sridevi began her career as a child performer at the age of 4, going on to appear in almost 300 films over five decades despite a 15-year hiatus after her marriage.
Her films were in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. She won several awards including the Padma Shri, one of the Indian government's highest civilian honours.
Acknowledged as one of India's few female superstars, Sridevi scored several hits in the 1980s and 1990s with Bollywood classics Mr India,Chandni, ChaalBaaz and Sadma.
Her comeback film, English Vinglish in 2012, in which she played the lead role of a shy, middle-aged woman trying to learn English to keep up with her family, was critically acclaimed.
But most fans remember her for her vibrant screen presence and show-stopping dances in films like Mr India and Chandni.
The police appeared to have a tough time controlling crowds outside the crematorium in the Ville Parle area of Mumbai.
Sridevi was cremated after Hindu funeral rituals and a guard of honour by a police team, according to footage shown in Hindi-language news channel ABP.
Several Bollywood celebrities were present, including actors Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.
"She was the queen of dance, of romance, her style was incomparable, she was by herself a whole school of acting," said singer Gurdas Mann outside the crematorium in comments to local broadcasters.
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