Crowds pay final respects to Rajesh Khanna

Asian Image: Actress Dimple Kapadia, left, grieves during the funeral of her husband Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India Actress Dimple Kapadia, left, grieves during the funeral of her husband Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India

Bollywood actors and film fans paid their last respects to one of India’s first superstars, Rajesh Khanna, as his body was cremated in a Hindu ceremony in Mumbai today.

Khanna’s grandson, Aarav, performed the last rites after the star’s body was carried from his home in a glass coffin by a truck festooned with photographs.

Thousands lined the streets to view the funeral procession.

Khanna died yesterday of undisclosed causes at the age of 69.

He was known as the “King of Romance” and played the lead in most of his 170 films, earning fame that had directors booking him for his box-office draw.

Screaming fans would surround Khanna in public, and women wrote him letters in their blood. But his appeal waned as Bollywood shifted toward action films.

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