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Vinod Khanna cremated in Mumbai, film fraternity attends in large numbers

Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor and Subhash Ghai were among the stalwarts who attended the last rites.

Amitabh Bachchan at the crematorium to see his colleague and closest rival one last time. Picture: Shutterbugs Images

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Hindi film star and parliamentarian Vinod Khanna, who died earlier today at the age of 70, was cremated at Worli in central Mumbai in the evening. The last rites were attended by close family members and several stalwarts from the Hindi film industry.

From Khanna's family, wife Kavita, ex-wife Geetanjali, sons Akshaye, Rahul and Sakshi, and daughter Shraddha were all present at the crematorium.

Among those from the film fraternity to attend were Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, Khanna’s co-stars in the 1977 blockbuster Amar Akbar Anthony, Abhishek Bachchan, Randhir Kapoor, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai, Jackie Shroff, Randeep Hooda, Saroj Khan, Ramesh Sippy and his wife Kiran Juneja, Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa, Arjun Rampal, Chunky Pandey, Udit Narayan and Dia Mirza.

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Among the others to turn up to pay their respects was city Congress president Sanjay Nirupam.

The family members stayed near Khanna’s funeral pyre for a long time after the others had left as certain rituals were conducted.

A number of film events were cancelled or rescheduled during the day as a mark of respect for Khanna. These included the grand premiere of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion.

Khanna died at 11:20 am today at a hospital in south Mumbai, where he was admitted nearly three weeks ago when his condition worsened. The veteran actor was suffering from cancer at an advanced stage. 

Khanna made his debut with Adurthi Subba Rao’s Man Ka Meet in 1968. He acted in over 140 films in a career spanning almost four decades. 

Akshaye Khanna with mother Geetanjali

See: Vinod Khanna: A career in pictures