Shammi Kapoor shared a special bond with Jammu and Kashmir giving memorable hits like ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ and ‘Junglee’ and to honour that connection his family immersed his ashes in the Jhelum river on Saturday.
“We have immersed his ashes in the river Jhelum because he romanced Kashmir. The river flows in Pakistan also,the land of his forefathers,” his son Aditya Raj Kapoor said.
The actor died on August 14 at the age of 79.
He said though it was not a special wish of his late father,they wanted to honour the love that the actor shared with the state.
“No,but it was his love for Kashmir. So,we decided to immerse his ashes here.”
Besides family members,which included daughter Kanchan and Aditya’s wife Preeti,the veteran actor’s friends from the film industry like Asha Parekh,Vinod Khanna,Vidhu Vinod Chopra,Shabana Azmi,Tina Ambani,Poonam Dhillon,Kunal Goswami and others were present on the occasion.
“We also went to Srinagar’s Dal lake in a ‘shikara’ (wooden boat)… consdering the love of the legend for it. We planted a sapling at Lalit hotel in Kashmir as my father used to stay there whenever he was in the state,” Aditya said.
He dismissed reports that the legend’s ashes were immersed in Dal lake,saying,”You immerse ashes in a river not in a lake.”