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Thousands turn out for funeral of Bollywood heartthrob Rajesh Khanna

Fans react during the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.
Fans react during the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.Rafiq Maqbool / AP
Huge crowds shield themselves with umbrellas in heavy rain during the funeral procession of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.
Huge crowds shield themselves with umbrellas in heavy rain during the funeral procession of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.Punit Paranjpe / AFP - Getty Images

Thousands of mourners thronged the streets of Mumbai under heavy monsoon rain to bid farewell and catch a final glimpse of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna, who died on Wednesday at the age of 69.

Known for his shy smile and flamboyant looks, Khanna was often referred to as Bollywood's first real superstar, someone who had a fanatical fan base among women, thanks to the many romantic hits in which he starred during the 1970s.

-- Agence France Presse and Reuters contributed to this post

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