No longer are state funerals the privileged farewells of current and former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Union ministers and State Chief Ministers. The laws have been changed so that a Chief Minister can now decide who will be given a state funeral depending on the stature of the deceased. The government takes into consideration the contribution made by the person to the state in various fields like politics, literature, law, science and arts. The Chief Minister takes a decision after consultation with other cabinet ministers.
In Sridevi’s case, her huge body of work in Indian cinema is more than enough to entitle the late actress for a state funeral. Sridevi made her debut as a child artiste with the Tamil film Kandan Karunai in 1967 when she was just four years old. Since then, in her 51 years in cinema, Sridevi starred in numerous Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada films. She was Bollywood’s first female superstar. The government of India awarded her the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian accolade, for her contribution to the entertainment industry in 2013.