Crowd has scant respect for the departed: Big B

  • IANS, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jul 20, 2012 06:03 IST
  • Bollywood's first superstar Rajesh Khanna made his final journey before he was cremated in Mumbai. The actor was carried by his near and dear ones.

  • Fans of Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna hold umbrellas in the rain, outside the venue of his funeral in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.

  • Indian kitemaker Jagmohan Kanojia displays a kite adorned with images of Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna in Amritsar on July 19, 2012.

  • Thousands of mourners, including Bollywood stars, gathered on Thursday for Rajesh Khanna's funeral, braving heavy rains and traffic jams in Mumbai.

  • Rajesh Khanna's wife Dimple Kapadia and daughter Rinke Khanna stand by his coffin.

  • The 69-year-old actor died of an undisclosed illness on Wednesday, plunging his fans into grief and prompting glowing tributes from the Indian film industry.

  • Dimple Kapadia (L) travels in a float bearing the coffin of her husband Rajesh Khanna, during a procession to the crematorium in Mumbai on July ...

  • Thousands of mourners thronged the streets of Mumbai under heavy monsoon rain to bid farewell and catch a final glimpse of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna, ...

  • Rajesh Khanna's son-in-law Akshay Kumar and wife Dimple Kapadia were by his side in his final journey.

  • Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan were also present for the last rites of Rajesh Khanna.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is unhappy with the way crowd behaved during Rajesh Khanna's funeral procession.

Tweeting his anger, Big B wrote: "The funeral of Rajesh Khanna was poignant and crowded... the crowds were in throngs, with scant respect for the situation... pity !!"

While one would expect the crowd to comprise of fans of Rajesh Khanna who had come to pay last respects to the late superstar, Big B thinks otherwise. "For the crowds it is always a moment of an event to see so many stars assemble... not one of respect to him that passed away," tweeted Amitabh.

Rajesh Khanna, fondly called Kaka by his family and friends, passed away Wednesday morning following a liver infection. He was 69. The Bollywood's first superstar was laid to rest at the Vile Parle crematorium Thursday. His grandson Aarav lit the pyre.
 

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