Recently, Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor who expressed his anger on the absence of younger stars from the funeral of Vinod Khanna, was at peace with the attendance at the late actor-politician’s prayer meet in Mumbai.
Rishi thanked members of the Hindi film fraternity for showing solidarity towards Vinod Khanna’s family.
“Thank you my film brethren for your solidarity shown towards the Khanna family. Hum mein ab bhi insaniyat baaki hai (We still have humanity left in us). Love you all,” Rishi tweeted on Wednesday night.
Vinod Khanna died last Thursday after spending a month in a suburban Mumbai hospital. He was 70 and had been battling cancer.
The prayer meeting for Vinod Khanna on Wednesday was attended by most of the actors and actresses. Farhan Akhtar along with Zoya Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani were the first to reach the prayer meet at Nehru Centre in Worli, Mumbai.
Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Amitabh Bachchan along with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Rampal and Arbaaz Khan soon followed.
Veterans like Javed Akhtar, Prem Chopra, Jeetendra, Shakti Kappoor and Abbas-Mustan were seen offering prayers and condolence at the prayer meet. Khanna’s Jurm co-star Sangeeta Bijlani was also seen with Pooja Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt.
Rishi, who had worked with Vinod Khanna in several films, was furious when no young star attended Vinod’s funeral. The actor even said that he must be prepared for his own death as not many stars from the film industry would pay their respects to him if he dies.
He slammed actors of “this generation” for not attending Vinod Khanna’s last rites in a series of tweets.
Several ‘young’ actors posted condolence messages on the day Vinod Khanna died. Many of them were not in Mumbai – Shah Rukh Khan, for one, was in Canada at the TED Talks and only flew home two days ago. Many actors were photographed at the airport on Wednesday night, among them Rishi Kapoor’s son Ranbir and Salman Khan.
We were glad to see Bollywood in full attendance paying tribute to Vinod Khanna, one final time.