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Vinod Khanna’s son Sakshi lights the funeral pyre, bids a tearful goodbye to the legendary actor

Vinod Khanna’s son Sakshi finishes the final rituals at the legendary actor’s funeral. – Vinod Khanna’s son Sakshi lights the funeral pyre, bids a tearful goodbye to the legendary actor

Today was definitely one of the most shocking and saddest days of the year. Legendary actor Vinod Khanna passed away after fighting bladder cancer for a long time. A large number of Bollywood personalities attended the last rites of veteran actor-turned-BJP politician Vinod Khanna at the Worli Hindu Crematorium here on Thursday evening. His son, Sakshi lit the funeral pyre a short while after his flower-bedecked body was brought from their Malabar Hill residence where it was kept for people to pay homage. Khanna, 70, passed away after battling bladder cancer around 11.30 am today plunging the country’s entertainment industry into grief.

A large number of teary-eyed actors, producers, directors and a few actresses, his colleagues in the Bharatiya Janata Party, fans and admirers also turned up to pay their final respects both at his home and the crematorium. Among the prominent ones seen at the funeral rites were Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek, Randhir Kapoor, Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa, Arjun Rampal, Jackie Shroff, Jeetendra, Dia Mirza, Puneet Issar, writer-poet Gulzar, directors Ramesh Sippy, Ramesh Taurani, Subhash Ghai, NCP leader Praful Patel, and BJP MP Kirit Somaiya among many more. (ALSO READ: Vinod Khanna: The Superstar who lived his life HIS WAY!)

A large number of fans and admirers of the late actor waited on both sides of the streets to catch a last glimpse of their favourite actor as the funeral procession wended its way from Malabar Hill to the crematorium. Khanna, a former union minister, passed away this morning at the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital where he was under treatment since nearly a month.

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