From past few days, the news of Sridevi’s death has been flashed all over media, from print to the Internet, but it was the TV media that blew the entire incident out of proportion. In order to attract viewers with their creative ways of telling the comparable truth, the media added flashy headlines, cheap graphics, and appalling hashtags.
Primetime news deviated from a bunch of people mindlessly shouting at each other, to investigate and dissect every detail regarding Sridevi’s death. Many have come out to state the obvious that Sridevi’s death has brought out the worst in Indian media.
While at first, it was the impossible standards for actresses, the equation soon turned into a possible murder mystery or alcohol and what not.
By yesterday evening, every speculation behind the death was annulled and Sridevi’s body was finally being brought back to her family in Mumbai. But the speculations didn’t end even then, media houses were looking for some dirt, some reaction, some misinterpreted truth to show on their channels.
However, by last night people on social media came together to counterbalance the waves of insensitive speculation with the hashtag #LetHerRestInPeace. Actor Renuka Shahane even took it to Facebook to call the idiocracy of the media and stated, “Dear News Channels, please allow Srideviji’s soul to rest in peace,” she wrote, adding, “Live your lives the way you want to but let others live their lives the way they choose to and for heaven’s sake, let them be in peace after they have passed away.”
Here are other reactions and tweets from the #LetHerRestInPeace.
I feel sad that some sections of social media are still making speculations about the demise of #Sridevi which are baseless and irresponsible. I appeal to all to respect sensibilities and just #LetHerRestInPeace pic.twitter.com/KwnNZ80189
— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) February 27, 2018
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 27, 2018
It’s a bloody circus. Some of the TV channels have dug new lows for themselves.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 28, 2018
— Kajal Aggarwal (@MsKajalAggarwal) February 27, 2018
Looks like @TV9Telugu is disappointed with the case being closed in Dubai.. they have even accused the king of Dubai .. come on .. what do u want? from a news agency when did u become an investigation agency ?? Give urself a break.. #LetHerRestInPeace 🙏
— kona venkat (@konavenkat99) February 27, 2018
Oh my god What a World 😥 !! Its very deep #SyriaIsBleeding plss #SaveSyrianChildren 🙏🙏 !! Sridevi mam had seen many , but what about the little ones #syrianchildren !! Y do they focus more on #LetHerRestInPeace #SrideviDeathMystery #SrideviDeathTwist #Sridevi pic.twitter.com/exa7LRXeAQ
— Kavya Nandavarapu (@kaviyatulasi) February 27, 2018
— Ashish Chanchlani (@ashchanchlani) February 27, 2018
#LetHerRestInPeace… Trolled when Alive… Speculated when Dead… We have already come in to terms with a Celebrity's Life becoming a mockery now we are learning to come in to terms with Death also becoming one… Painful. pic.twitter.com/X9futxWXen
— Vamshi Paidipally (@directorvamshi) February 27, 2018
Let's Not Make A Mockery Of Departed Soul. No Need Of Character Assassination By Asking For Comments From People Like Amar Singh About What She Used To Drink. No Need For Any Stupid Crime Scene Recreation. 🙏 #LetHerRestInPeace #Sridevi pic.twitter.com/6sLi4jcCFq
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 27, 2018
Minute by minute updates with same content again n again by news channels for trps is pathetic . Reporting is ok, but sensationalism for the sake of TRPs is just sad…Let Sridevi Gaaru Rest In Peace..
Worst media propaganda…#LetHerRestInPeace
— Superstar Mahesh (@mahesh_prince9) February 27, 2018
26-Feb 218 will be remembered for the day when some TV channels and journalists died of Drowning in search of TRPs. #LetHerRestInPeace
— Prabhu 🏏 (@Cricprabhu) February 27, 2018
My Humble request to the media , social platform content providers , and people at large. There is a lot of wrong speculation going on . I request each and every one to respect the dead. Thank you ! #LetHerRestInPeace pic.twitter.com/nZkPYjhT1Q
— Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) February 27, 2018
Here’s what my colleagues from the media across the country are doing 😒🤷♀️
Yes, we are geniuses. But let our creative juices be in control. What’s with the unnecessary trial in the media? That too after a person is dead? Chill guys. #LetHerRestInPeace please 😐 pic.twitter.com/MpjVOwD4Um
— Pranita Jonnalagedda (@PranitaRavi) February 27, 2018
She has given us all so much happiness with her movies and Performances… let us now give her the respect she deserves and not sensationalise her death but remember her great life… #LetHerRestInPeace pic.twitter.com/Pqo53aaRWf
— Nikhil Siddhartha (@actor_Nikhil) February 27, 2018
Tv9 and abn please stop ur bloody investion of ur own u dont have any ethics or what
This is not journalism iditiots awalys u people will say something follow quite opposite to it shame on ur part #LetHerRestInPeace
— Palluvenky (@Venkysfants) February 27, 2018
— Pranitha Subhash (@pranitasubhash) February 27, 2018
Sridevi’s body has finally reached the country and it the funeral will take place today. Condolences and last respects will be given to the actor between 9.30 am to 12.30 am at Celebration Sports Club, Andheri. The cremation ceremony will be 3.30 pm onwards at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery, Next to Pawan Hans.
At the end of it all, one can only wish if the Indian media was as fixated on political wrongdoings and other things, as they were on Sridevi’s death. May no other death in the country goes through the same scrutiny until the circumstances really call for it.