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.
After sending legal notice to Rajesh Khanna's family members to prevent her eviction from his house, now his live-in partner Anita Advani has decided to go for his chautha which will be held on July 21.
"I will be going for his chautha for sure," she told Mid Day.
Her family is very concerned about her health. "Anitaji is not keeping well at all. She cries the entire day. She is not even having food or water; she only keeps on chanting God's name. Right now, she is staying with her sister in Grant Road and her family members feel whatever is happening with her, she didn't deserve it," a member from Anita's family told the tabloid.
Amidst talks of converting Rajesh Khanna's palatial Carter Road residence into a museum, Advani who had been staying with the actor since last eight years has sent the notice under Domestic Violence Act. Section 19 of the Act bars the family from 'dispossessing or in any other manner disturbing the possession of the aggrieved person from the shared household, whether or not the respondent has a legal or equitable interest in the shared household.'
Rumour mills suggest Anita Advani has also demanded a share in his property. Anita is the niece of the former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos.
Rajesh Khanna and Anita Advani
Anita's cold war with Khanna clan
She shares a cold vibe with the family for obvious reasons. "During the procession that started from the actor's home, Advani attempted to climb into the vehicle carrying Kaka's body. However, Akshay [Kumar] spotted Advani and asked her to get off, as the vehicle was only for family members," a source was quoted by the tabloid.
Anita on Rajesh
“He had started pushing me away. There were days where he didn’t even want to speak to his own family. They began isolating me, and I had begun to feel lost. I sent that notice when I was annoyed… without him, I had nowhere else to go. But I never thought I would actually lose him. The timing was really bad,” Anita told the tabloid.
Blast from the past
Last year in an interview to Mid Day, Rajesh Khanna said he's very fond of Anita, but she's just a friend: "Anita and I have been known to each other for 32 years. She was in school then. We are just friends. She is a lovely person. I am very fond of her. But we haven't reached the stage of love."
Anita at that time said: "It's a very special, sacred relationship and I truly relish it. Unlike a normal relationship, there are no demands and expectations. This is much deeper."
Rajesh Khanna with Anita Advani