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Rishi Kapoor slams young actors for skipping actor Vinod Khanna's funeral

'Shameful. Not ONE actor of this generation attended Vinod Khanna's funeral. And that too he has worked with them. Must learn to respect,' he wrote. Photograph: (Twitter)

PTI Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Apr 28, 2017, 01.27 PM (IST)

Veteran Hindi film actor Rishi Kapoor, in a series of tweets, has slammed the "actors of this generation" for not attending the funeral of yesteryears cine star, Vinod Khanna, on Thursday evening.

Khanna, 70, passed away on Thursday morning, after battling cancer.

Kapoor, 64, who worked with Khanna in films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Eena Meena Deeka and Chandni, said it was "shameful" that the younger generation of leading actors in the Hindi film industry did not find the time to attend Khanna's funeral.

"Shameful. Not ONE actor of this generation attended Vinod Khanna's funeral. And that too he has worked with them. Must learn to respect," he tweeted.

"...Why this? Including mine and thereafter. When I die, I must be prepared. None will shoulder me. Very very angry with today's so called stars. (sic)."

He lashed out at those who were present at actress Priyanka Chopra's party day a day before, but did not bother to attend Khanna's funeral.

"Angry. Met so many chamcha people last night at Priyanka Chopra's do last night. Few at Vinod's. So transparent. So angry with them."

Kapoor said his actor son, Ranbir Kapoor, and wife, Neetu Singh, could not attend it as they were out of India.

"Yes it has been expressed earlier on social media my wife and Ranbir are out of the country. Would never had been reason not to be there."

Mahesh Bhatt, who directed Khanna in Jurm, however, said he did not attend the cremation as he thought "it was a private funeral".

"This was one funeral, I would have wanted to attend, but I couldn't because I was initially told by an insider that the family wanted a private funeral.

"It was quite late in the evening that I got to know the press was also invited. Otherwise, nothing could ever hold me back from attending his funeral."

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and son, Abhishek, Randhir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Jackie Shroff, Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa and lyricist Gulzar were among those who attended the funeral. Others like film-makers Subhash Ghai, Ramesh Taurani and Ramesh Sippy were also present. 

(WION with PTI inputs)

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