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Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor cremated with state honours

Mumbai,

Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor, the romantic screen icon of the 70s and 80s, was cremated with state honours at the Santacruz Hindu crematorium around noon on Tuesday.

The actor, who had been ailing for a long time, passed away on Monday evening at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here.He was 79.

The actor’s three 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 world of commercial and art house cinema.

About a dozen 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.The actor’s body was given an electric cremation.Hundreds of fans with umbrellas and raincoats gathered at the crematorium, undeterred by the warnings of a cyclone and heavy rain.

Celebrities such as Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Shyam Benegal, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Ayan Mukherji, Hansal Mehta, Nandita Das,Lara Dutta with husband Mahesh Bhupati, and Maharashtra politician Ramdas Athawale were amongst those who paid their respects to the actor.

The writer Salim Khan, who gave Shashi Kapoor the iconic one-line “Mere paas maa hai” in Deewar, along with Javed Akhtar, was there as well.An emotional Bachchan, who also visited the veteran actor’s residence to pay their 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 meet 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.

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