Rajesh Khanna: The superstar laid to rest; grandson Aarav lights pyre

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2012, 11:59 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: As thousands thronged the streets of Mumbai, India’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna made his final journey from his cherished home ‘Aashirwad’ in Carter Road in Mumbai towards Paramhans crematorium in Vile Parle.

Fans threw flowers at the glass casket in which Khanna’s body was placed and walked along with the cavalcade that carried the star. Accompanying the star on his final journey was his estranged wife, actress Dimple Kapadia, elder son-in-law Akshay Kumar, younger daughter Rinkee Khanna, her husband Sameer Saran and grandson Aarav.

The star’s funeral procession began around 10:15 am on Thursday morning and reached the crematorium at around 11 am. The last rites were performed by Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar’s son, Aarav.

"Aarav lit the pyre and Akshay Kumar assisted him," the late superstar`s close friend Vijay Zaveri.

Braving the rain, thousands of fans gathered to pay tribute to Bollywood`s first superstar Rajesh Khanna. Celebrities like Karan Johar, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor,Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan were also present at the crematorium.

(With Agency inputs)