Vinod Khanna died in Mumbai on Thursday morning following a battle with cancer, marking the end of an era in Hindi films. He was 70. He is survived by his former wife Geetanjali and their sons Akshaye and Rahul, who are now actors, and his present wife Kavita and son Sakshi and daughter Shraddha.
Bollywood was present in large numbers when the actor was cremated in the evening at the Hindu Crematorium, Worli. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the nation in mourning the death of the villain-turned-hero who acted in some 150 films in a career that spanned five decades.
However, the late star’s good friend and colleague Rishi Kapoor was not happy with the turnout at the funeral. As usual, Rishi took to Twitter to make his displeasure known.
The veteran actor tweeted, “Shameful. Not ONE actor of this generation attended Vinod Khanna’s funeral. And that too he has worked with them. Must learn to respect. Why this? Including mine and thereafter. When I die, I must be prepared. None will shoulder me. Very very angry with today’s so called stars. Met so many chamcha people last night at Priyanka Chopra’s do last night. Few at Vinod’s. So fuckn transparent. So angry with them.”
When asked about his son Ranbir Kapoor, who is currently in London. Rishi said, “Yes it has been expressed earlier on social media my wife and Ranbir are out of the country. Would never had been reason not to be there.”
The stars who did attend the funeral ceremony include Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Chunkey Pandey, and Dia Mirza among others.
Vinod Khanna’s recent movies include Dilwale, Dabangg, Players, and Dabangg 2 among others.