||Rajesh Khanna's funeral
Bollywood stars and film
fans have paid their last respects to one of India's first superstars,
Rajesh Khanna, as his body was cremated in a Hindu ceremony in Mumbai.
grandson Aarav performed the last rites Thursday after the star's body
was carried from his home in a glass coffin by a truck festooned with photographs
Akshay Kumar and Mr Khanna's
other son-in-law Sameer Saran oversaw funeral arrangements.
||The cremation was a private
affair and the assembled press were asked by Akshay Kumar not to film the
ceremony. Mr Khanna's body was taken to the cremation ground from his home
on Bandra's Carter Road in a glass casket to allow his fans, thousands
of whom lined Mumbai's roads braving the rain, to pay their last respects.
were largely absent from the funeral procession, with the sole exception
of Karan Johar. Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan arrived at the cremation
ground later, and their presence caused a stampede of sorts. Yesterday,
the Bachchans had rushed to Aashirwad, the Khanna residence in Bandra,
to pay their respects. They were joined by Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan,
Katrina Kaif and others from the film fraternity.
Mr Khanna's estranged
wife and veteran actress Dimple Kapadia was accompanied by her younger
daughter Rinkie. Elder daughter Twinkle, who is pregnant with her second
child and has been advised by doctors to rest, was not in evidence. Ms
Kapadia separated from Mr Khanna in 1984, after 11 years of marriage, but
never actually divorced