Naidu’s parents had died earlier and his only family member, a brother who resides in Hong Kong, was unable to attend the funeral owing to a visa glitch.
His sister-in-law, however, flew down from Hong Kong. It was the multinational group of Dubai theatre community enthusiasts who came together and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to hold this funeral.
Friends divided themselves into teams to help with clearance and permissions liaising with Dubai Police, the forensics and mortuary officials to get clearances.
One team worked closely with the Indian consulate to get the No Objection Certificate from Naidu’s brother in Hong Kong to go ahead with the funeral.
Miqdad Dohadwala, one of Naidu’s close friends who was present at the event where Naidu died, told Gulf News: “Manju was our family member and it was important for all of us to come together and give him this final farewell.”
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