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Thousands turn out for funeral of Bollywood heartthrob Rajesh Khanna

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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, center and his son Abhishek Bachchan, center right, walk through a sea of fans and mourners to attend the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, on July 19, 2012.

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Huge crowds shield themselves with umbrellas in heavy rain during the funeral procession of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.

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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Fans react during the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.

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Actress Dimple Kapadia, left, wife of the late Rajesh Khanna, along with her daughter Rinke Khanna, second from left and son-in-law Akshay Kumar, background left, pay their respects during Khanna's funeral in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.

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Fans hold a photograph of Rajesh Khanna during his funeral in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.

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A police officer tries to control the crowd with a stick during the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai on July 19, 2012.