Fan frenzy at funeral tooBy Eye TV India Bureau
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Rajesh Khanna wasn’t only the first real superstar of Bollywood, but also the only actor whose fans were crazy for him. Isn’t it amazing that though Khanna had made only the rarest of appearances on screen in the last two decades, yet his funeral procession turned his fans crazy. How else his funeral procession passing through the rain-washed streets of Mumbai on July 19 morning created the same mass hysteria as was witnessed 40 years ago. Today, thousands of Khanna’s fans, of all ages, braved the grey skies and wet weather to line the procession route between Aashirwad, Khanna's home on Carter Road in Bandra, to the Pawan Hans Crematorium in Vile Parle. As his glass coffin rolled by, the gathered crowds jostled and shoved for one last glimpse of the late star.
Besides, you may recall several stories of how screaming women used to line the streets as he drove by, how his car would have to be cleaned of lipstick marks every morning, how countless female fans "married" photographs of him, applying sindoor with their own blood, and how there were threats of suicide when he married the 16 year old Dimple Kapadia in 1973. Rajesh Khanna's mere presence blocked the shooting of his famous song “Chingari Koi Bhadke…..” from ‘Amar Prem’. Apparently, authorities feared the weight of the fans who would undoubtedly gather to watch the shoot would bring down the entire Howrah bridge of Kolkata itself. The same was witnessed on the last day of the journey of his body to the crematorium.
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