The husband of Bollywood actress Sridevi has admitted he did not immediately phone police after finding her dead in the bath of their Dubai hotel room last Saturday.
The 54-year-old star was found submerged in a bathtub at a hotel by husband Boney Kapoor.
Boney has now told his friend Komal Nahta what happened at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, with Nahta writing up their exchange on his blog.
It comes as rumours continue to circulate that Sridevi was murdered – with a high-ranking Indian MP among those saying her death was not an accident.
Boney, 62, said he had ‘surprised’ his wife at the hotel at about 5.30pm, where the two ‘kissed and cuddled like a couple of teenagers’ for an hour.
He then went to the living room while Sridevi went to the bathroom, Boney told Komal.
Boney then watched TV for about 20 minutes before realising it was 8pm and it would be difficult to get a table a restaurant.
At this point, he said, he began shouting at Sridevi, who did not respond.
Komal wrote: ‘Boney’s impatience made him shout out to Sridevi from the living room itself. After calling out to her twice, Boney lowered the volume of the TV set.
‘Still no reply. He then walked to the bedroom and knocked at the bathroom door and even called out to her.
‘The unsuspecting husband, hearing the tap inside on, then called out ‘Jaan, Jaan’ [‘life’, an address Kapoor used for his wife] still louder but got no reply, which was unusual.’
He then ‘panicked’ and unlocked the door before finding his wife ‘immersed completely’.
Boney said he then tried to revive Sridevi, failed and so called his friend.
He called police at around 9pm.
He broke his silence to pay a heartbreaking tribute to his wife on Thursday.
But high-ranking Indian politician Dr Subramanian Swamy has said he believes Sridevi was murdered, citing sources in Dubai.
Boney said he found it difficult to find the right words to describe his pain after India mourned her passing and her funeral took place with thousands turning out to pay their respects in Mumbai.