India bids goodbye to superstar Rajesh Khanna

Bollywood icon gets a teary farewell

  • Akshay Kumar (2nd R), Bollywood star and son-in-law of actor Rajesh Khanna, removes the cover of the casket coImage Credit: Reuters
  • Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan (centre L) and his son Abhishek Bachchan (centre R) arrive to attend the funImage Credit: Reuters
  • A policeman wields his baton to control a crowd of fans gathered outside the venue of of the funeral of BollywImage Credit: Reuters
  • Dimple Kapadia (C), wife of Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna, arrives at the venue of his funeral on a float contImage Credit: Reuters
  • Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan (centre L) and his son Abhishek Bachchan (centre R) arrive to attend the funImage Credit: Reuters
  • Fans hold a framed portrait of Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna outside the venue of his funeral in Mumbai July 1Image Credit: Reuters
  • A fan of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna cries outside his residence in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 18, 2Image Credit: AP

In his prime, Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna unleashed mass hysteria. His funeral on Thursday morning was no different as family, friends and fans paid their last respects to India’s “certified superstar”.

According to reports, the Mumbai police had a tough time controlling thousands of fans who thronged the streets of Mumbai to bid farewell to India’s first superstar. Police resorted to force to get the crowd under control.

The funeral procession began around 10.15am from Khanna’s mansion Aashirwad and reached the crematorium in Vile Parle by 11am. His family, including estranged wife Dimple Kapadia, son-in-law Akshay Kumar, younger daughter Rinkie Khanna, her husband Sameer Saran and grandson Aarav accompanied the procession. Khanna’s pregnant daughter Twinkle, wife of Kumar, did not accompany the procession.
At the crematorium, stars including Karan Johar,Rani Mukherjee, Karisma Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan were reportedly present. The last rites were performed by Khanna’s grandson Aarav.

“Aarav lit the pyre and Akshay Kumar assisted him,” said Vijay Zaveri, Khanna’s close friend, to reporters.

Khanna, aged 69 and billed as Bollywood’s king of romance, died on Wednesday morning in Mumbai aged 69.