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Bollywood’s ‘first superstar’ Rajesh Khanna dies aged 69

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Bollywood’s “first superstar” Rajesh Khanna has died at the age of 69, his family has said.

The actor had been in and out of hospital in recent weeks. The cause of his health problems was unclear.

Khanna made his name playing the romantic lead in a string of films which were massive hits in the 1960s and 1970s.

The actor starred in more than 160 films, including hits such as Kati Patang, Aaradhana, Anand and Amar Prem.

He had a huge following and was mobbed by fans whenever he appeared in public.

Khanna died at his family home in Mumbai on Wednesday, the Press Trust of India reported. He had been discharged from a hospital in the city on Monday.

Scores of fans gathered outside Aashirwad, his home on Carter Road in Mumbai’s Bandra area, following the news of his death, the agency said.

“He has gone to a very nice and heavenly place. We are very happy that he had gone there,” his actor son-in-law Akshay Kumar told reporters.

“I hope everybody there whoever is watching him can just say a little prayer for him,” he said.

Source: BBC

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