The Maharashtra government has made arrangements to cremate Sridevi with state honours. The veteran actor was given a gun salute at the Celebration Sports Club, minutes away from her home in Green Acres Lokhandwala where her body was kept before leaving for its last journey on Wednesday.
But who decides who gets a state funeral?
Traditionally, it is only the current and former prime ministers, current and former Union ministers and current and former state ministers who are entitled to a state funeral.
But with time, the rules have changed. These days, it’s on the state government to decide who will be accorded a state funeral. The government takes into consideration the contribution made by the deceased person to the state in various fields like politics, literature, law, science and cinema.