Rajesh Khanna Dies: Best Images Of Bollywood's First Superstar [PHOTOS]
Indian actor Rajesh Khanna, who starred in more than 160 films over the course of his 46-year career, died at his family home in Mumbai on Wednesday. He was 69. Khanna made a name for himself in the 1960s and 1970s just as Bollywood was coming into its own; during his heyday, he was often cast as the romantic lead. Of his 163 total films, he was the lead protagonist in 128 of them. Courtesy

Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna was laid to rest on Thursday at Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle, Mumbai.

Khanna's family, relatives and several Bollywood hotshots including Karan Johar, Kiran Bedi, Raza Murad, Raj Babbar, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and many others were present during the last rites.

According to reports, Khanna's ex-flame Anju Mahendru also showed up at funeral, and reportedly broke into tears when the last rites were performed at the cremation ground, Bollywood Mantra reported.

Before the final rites took place, Mahendru touched Khanna's feet and burst into tears, crying "Kaka Kaka", a source present inside the crematorium told Bollywood Mantra.

The actress reportedly collapsed when Aarav lit the funeral fire with the help of his father Akshay Kumar.  

"Anju burst out crying and almost collapsed. Dimple also couldn't control her emotions and tears rolled down her cheeks. Rinkee, who was standing beside her mother, hugged and pacified her," the source added.

Mahendru stood by Dimple's side at the crematorium and lend her support. During Kaka's last days, Mahendru used to visit him at his home Aashirwad in Bandra's Carter road took care of him. It's also said that both Dimple and Mahendru used to come in on a rotation basis to take care of the ailing actor.   

During the late 60s and early 70s, the actress cum fashion designer was in a relationship with Kaka for seven years before he married Dimple in 1973.

Twenty days ago, when the actor was admitted to hospital over his deteriorating health condition, Kaka realized that his time had come.

 "The medications are not working. I know my time has come," The Times of India quoted Khanna as saying.

The legendary actor wished for a grand funeral ceremony and his family made sure that he left for the last journey as an emperor. The funeral procession began from his residence at around 10.30 a.m. on Thursday. His body, enclosed in a transparent casket, was carried in a mini-truck which was decorated with white flowers.

The legendary actor, who is regarded as Bollywood's first superstar, died indeed like a superstar. His last words were "time ho gaya hai! pack up!" 

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