File photo of Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna posing with his Lifetime Acheivement award at the 10th International Indian Film Academy in Macau
Amitabh Bachchan presented Lifetime Acheivement award to Rajesh Khanna at the 10th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) in Macau in 2005. This was the last meeting of the two superstars. "His gracious words for me still resound," recalls Bachchan. (Photo: REUTERS)

Bollywood legend, Rajesh Khanna, passed away on Wednesday and was cremated on Thursday at Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle, Mumbai.

A "chautha ceremony" or the fourth day of mourning was organized for Rajesh Khanna at the Taj Land's End hotel in Bandra on Monday and the who's who of Bollywood were present at the prayer meet to pay tribute to the legend.

Rajesh Khanna's family, friends and relatives, including his estranged wife and actress Dimple Kapadia, daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna, son-in-laws Akshay Kumar and Sameer Saran and nine-year-old grandson Aarav who lit the funeral fire were present at the event. Ex-flame Anju Mahendru was seen at the ceremony too.

A sketch of Rajesh Khanna decorated with white roses and orchids was put at the entrance of the hotel where all the bigwigs from film industry and the political world attended the prayer meet. The sketch also had a message written in Hindi.

Rajesh Khanna's last wish was to have a grand farewell and his family assured that they fulfill it. The ceremony started with Dimple Kapadia saying a few words about Kaka, as he was fondly known. Later his elder daughter Twinkle and her son Aarav came on stage and presented an audio clip of Rajesh Khanna.

Kaka left behind an emotional recorded message for his family, friends and his fans which was played at the event. In the recorded message Khanna thanked his fans for supporting him and ended the 8-minute message with his trademark "shayari".  

Check out the Khanna's last emotional and touching audio message here:


Guests dressed in white arrived at the event in Bandra for the chautha of the legend.

Bollywood celebrities Amitabh-Jaya Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Vinod Khanna, Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Yash Chopra, Jeetendra, Shashi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Ramesh Sippy, Gulzar, Farah Khan, Sajid Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Ashutosh Gowariker, Kabir Bedi, Hrithik-Susanne Roshan, Rakesh Roshan, Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Prem Chopra, Abbas-Mustan, Zoya Akhtar, Tabu and Neha Dhupia attended the event.

Politicians Amar Singh and Jaya Prada were also present at the event.

Bollywood's first superstar passed away last Wednesday morning following illness. Several B-town colleagues gathered at his home, "Aashirwad," to pay their respects. Among them Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek were one of the first few celebs to visit his residence.

On Saturday, Abhishek and wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were also seen leaving Khanna's residence after meeting his family. Reports say the Bachchans have been providing Khanna's family a lot of support. According to Hindu rituals and tradition, the family of the deceased should not cook food at home for all the 13 days of mourning and Bachchans have been sending the food at the Khanna residence.

"The rituals are over. Food from our house has been sent to Dimple, his wife, at his house Aashirwad, where she plans to stay till the terahvein, the 13th day is over," Amitabh wrote on his blog. 

Quick Links