Mumbai: The skies opened up on Tuesday as legendary actor Shashi Kapoor, the romantic screen icon of the 70s and 80s, was cremated with state honours at the Santacruz Hindu crematorium.
The long-ailing actor passed away on Monday evening at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here. He was 79.
Kapoor was given a state funeral, which was held amid massive security around noon.
The actor-producer’s body was taken to the crematorium from his Juhu home in an ambulance at 11.45 am.
His children, sons Kunal and Karan, and daughter Sanjna, were there as were other members of the Kapoor family and scores of film personalities to bid farewell to the actor who straddled the worlds of commercial and art house cinema.
Policemen draped the actor’s body in tricolour, which was later removed for the rituals. There were three rounds of fire to honour the late actor, who spent more than four decades in Hindi cinema.
This was followed by a minute’s silence.
Hundreds of fans with umbrellas and raincoats gathered at the crematorium, undeterred by the warnings of a cyclone and heavy rain.
Celebrities like Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Shyam Benegal, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Ayan Mukherji, Hansal Mehta, Nandita Das, Lara Dutta with husband Mahesh Bhupathi and politician Ramdas Athawale were amongst those who paid their respects to the actor.
Writer Salim Khan, who gave Kapoor the iconic one-line “mere paas ma hai” in Deewar along with Javed Akhtar, was there as well.
An emotional Amitabh, who also visited the veteran actor’s residence to pay his respects, was seen hugging the actor’s family members.
Sanjay Dutt, Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor and Aamir Khan were amongst those present at the residence for a prayer meeting earlier in the day.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Poonam Dhillon, Shakti Kapoor, Dev Mukherjee, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Seema Pahwa, Supriya Pathak, Suresh Oberoi and Saroj Khan were also present at the cremation.