The Academy awards paid tribute to Indian stars Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi at the Oscars’ In Memoriam section for their contribution to the world of cinema. Others who featured in the section include James Bond star Roger Moore, Mary Goldberg and Johan Johansson, John Heard and Sam Shephard. American rock band Pearl Jam’s lead vocalist Eddie Vedder performed Tom Petty’s Room At The Top during In Memoriam montage.
Sridevi breathed her last in Dubai and was given a state funeral with her body wrapped in the tricolour and a gun salute by the Mumbai police. The actor started out as a child artiste and went on to become the first female superstar of the Indian film industry. She worked in and conquered Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films with her acting prowess, comic timing and ethereal dancing skills.