Shammi Kapoor, who romanced Bollywood beauties in the snow-capped mountains of Kashmir in films like Kashmir Ki Kali and Junglee and immortalised the shikara on the Dal Lake in the song Tareef karun kya uski, has finally become a part of that surrounding forever -- his ashes were immersed in the lake.
The ashes of the actor, who died on Aug 14, were immersed by his son Aditya Raj Kapoor Friday.
Aditya Raj was accompanied by his sister Kanchan and actors Shabana Azmi, Vinod Khanna, Asha Parekh, Sharmila Tagore, Poonam Dhillon, Amitabh Bachchan and Tina Ambani.
"Yes, we have immersed the ashes in the Dal Lake," Aditya Raj said.
Aditya Raj, along with all the actors, left Mumbai for Srinagar for the immersion on Friday morning.
A household name among the old and middle-aged locals of Kashmir, the late actor's family and friends could not have thought of a better farewell to the Bollywood veteran.
"He loved the Dal Lake and his soul will definitely be solaced as his ashes were immersed in the lake of his dreams," said shikara owner Zahoor Ahmad, 56, on the lake.
Ever since armed violence started here in the early 1990s, it is for the first time that such a galaxy of Bollywood stars has come to the valley.
The Oberoi Hotel overlooking the lake has now been taken over by the Lalit Palace Hotel which is celebrating its centenary this year.
Shammi would always stay in a particular suite of the hotel and scores of his fans would line up to have a glimpse of their matinee idol each morning during his stay in the valley.
"We hope to keep Shammiji's relationship with Kashmir alive. His friends and family would persuade Bollywood to return to the valley with the same love and attachment as the 'Junglee' did all his life," local travel operator Abdul Hamid said.
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