Rajesh Khanna’s nine-year-old grandson, Aarav performed the last rites of the legend, at the Vile Parle crematorium with family, friends and thousands of fans gathered to bid a tearful goodbye to the first Bollywood superstar.
“Aarav lit the pyre and Akshay Kumar (Rajesh Khanna’s son-in-law) assisted him,” said Khanna’s close friend Vijay Zaveri.
Khanna’s last journey began at around 10 am today from his residence Aashirwad in Bandra. His body was enclosed in a transparent casket and was placed on a mini-truck decorated with white flowers. His estranged wife Dimple Kapadia, who took care of him in his last days, his younger daughter Rinke and son-in-law, actor Akshay, who is married to his elder daughter Twinkle accompanied the superstar on his final journey.
Aarav lit the pyre with the help of his actor-father Akshay Kumar and within few minutes the body of the superstar was engulfed in flames.
The heartthrob of millions was popularly called ‘Kaka’ and made his debut in the industry with the 1966 film “Akhari Khat”. He later went on to star in classics like ‘Aradhana’, ‘Kati Patang’, ‘Anand’, ‘Amar Prem’ and many more.
Bollywood celebrities who attended his last rites were Amitabh Bachchan, who wrote a moving tribute to the legend, Sudhir Mishra, Rani Mukherjee, Karan Johar, Sajid Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Aadesh Shrivastava.