Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, 54, who died in a car accident on Tuesday, was cremated. The Hindu Crematorium in Worli hosted the final rites, which were attended by family, close relatives, and members of the business and political fraternity.
The funeral began with prayers at 9.30 am and ended around 11.45 am. Hoards of people were seen leaving the crematorium after the funeral, most of them belonging to the Parsi community. While talking about Mistry, one of the relatives at the funeral who did not wish to be named said, "He was an amazing man, very humble and respected by all. He will surely be missed. "
More than 500 people attended the service including industrialists Anil Ambani , Akash Ambani, and Simone Tata; politicians like Supriya Sule and Milind Deora; the chairman of HDFC bank, Deepak Parekh; and producer Ronnie Screwvala.
While talking about Mistry at the funeral, Supriya Sule said, "I can’t believe that he is no more. He was like a brother to me, always calm, smiling, and very soft-spoken, even though he lived a life like a roller coaster with continuous ups and downs, but he always remained calm, even in the face of adversity. He was not just a good businessman but also a very good son, a father, a brother, and a husband. Even though he had a busy schedule, he still gave a lot of time and attention to his family."
"In Parliament as well, we often discuss the importance of road safety and security. This is something which is often taken very lightly by commuters. With this unfortunate incident, I urge people to wear a seatbelt and follow proper road safety guidelines while commuting," added Sule.
The funeral was conducted by electric incineration as opposed to the traditional Parsi funeral service, as per the wish of the family, according to a source. The post-mortem reports of the deceased from JJ Hospital, which were released to the grieving families on Monday night, cited polytrauma – major injuries to vital organs – as the cause of death.
The accident reportedly took place on the Surya River Charoti bridge on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway. Mistry was returning to Mumbai from Gujarat in his Mercedes car along with three others. Two people survived the accident.