Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father Krishnaraj Rai’s funeral held, Bollywood pays last respects
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father passed away in Mumbai on Saturday.
Krishnaraj Rai was hospitalized few weeks ago due to health-related issues, friends and family confirmed to Times Of India. Earlier, the actress cut her Dubai trip short and returned to Dubai as soon as her father was hospitalised.
Her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, also rushed back from New York to be by his ailing father-in-law’s side. Aishwarya’s father-in-law, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan had earlier excused himself from attending The Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt – due to Krishnaraj’s illness
He was expected to be there on March 21 and 22. Bachchan was to be honoured during the closing ceremony of the sixth edition of the film festival.
Krishnaraj was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital where he had undergone a treatment for cancer in the past and apparently the cancer had relapsed.
He is survived by wife Vrinda, son Aditya and daughter Aishwarya.
His funeral was held Saturday night at the city’s Vile Parle Seva Sansthan Shamshan Bhoomi, where a host of actors, including Aishwarya’s husband Abhishek Bachchan and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, offered prayers. Other Bollywood celebrities who paid their last respects included actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kunal Kapoor and film makers Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ashutosh Gowarikar.