Bollywood's first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Mumbai, and his last rites will be held today in the city.
Rajesh Khanna's body has finally reached the Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle, which was the same place where legendary wrestler and actor Dara Singh was cremated last week on Thursday.
For the actor's last journey, family members and close relatives held an elaborate funeral procession with a decorated truck to carry Khanna's body, which was enclosed in a transparent casket. Despite the heavy rainfall, the procession left the actor's Aashirwad residence and reaced the cemetery around 11:15 a.m.
According to reports, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna's son, Aarav, will light the funeral fire at around 11.30 a.m.at the cremation ground.
The procession, which began from the actor's home Carter Road, went through SV road in Santacruz. Television reports showed his estranged wife Dimple Kapadia, younger daughter Rinkie Khanna, son-in-law and actor Akhsay Kumar and grandson Aarav accompanying the truck.
Hundreds and thousands of his fans gathered outside his Juhu home to pay their respects to the actor and to catch a final glimpse of him.
Several Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan with father Salim Khan, Arbaz Khan and wife Malika Arora Khan, Katrina Kaif, Aamir Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor. Rakesh Roshan, Jeetendra Kapoor, Gulzar, Yash Chopra, Poonam Dhillon, Shabana Azmi and many other colleagues from the industry gathered at his residence to pay their respects.
The legendary star had not been keeping well since April and was admitted to hospital on several occasions.