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PIX: Bollywood stars bid farewell to Ashok Mehta

Last updated on: August 17, 2012 19:11 IST

PIX: Bollywood stars bid farewell to Ashok Mehta

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Ace cinematographer Ashok Mehta succumbed to lung cancer on August 15. He was 66.

His last rites took place at Shastri Nagar crematorium in Santa Cruz, a western suburb of Mumbai, and quite a few Bollywood stars turned up to say goodbye.

Manisha Koirala, who considered Ashok Mehta as her guide and philosopher, provided a lot of support to Mehta's wife Neerja.

Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia was also spotted consoling Neerja.

Arjun and Manisha had acted in Moksha, the directorial debut of Ashok Mehta.


Image: Manisha Koirala with Ashok Mehta's wife Neerja, Arjun Rampal, Mehr Jessia
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Manisha Koirala

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Manisha Koirala cancelled her birthday party celebrations on August 16 as soon as she heard of Mehta's death.

Besides Moksha, they had also worked together in Gupt and Mehbooba.


Image: Manisha Koirala with Neerja and other mourners
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Shah Rukh Khan

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Shah Rukh Khan, who worked with Ashok Mehta in Chalte Chalte, arrived to pay his last respects.


Image: Shah Rukh Khan
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Shekhar Kapur, Subhash Ghai, Manisha Koirala

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Subhash Ghai worked extensively with Mehta in films like Saudagar, Khalnayak and Ram Lakhan. He was spotted at the funeral, along with Shekhar Kapoor, who worked with the ace cinematographer in Bandit Queen.


Image: Shekhar Kapur, Subhash Ghai, Manisha Koirala and Ashok Mehta's wife
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Priyanka Chopra, Danny Denzongpa

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Danny Denzongpa and Priyanka Chopra were spotted chatting at the funeral.


Image: Priyanka Chopra and Danny Denzongpa
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Shashi Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor

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Shashi Kapoor had worked with Mehta in Utsav. He arrived at the funeral with son Kunal (right).


Image: Shashi Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Ranjeet, Shashi Kapoor, Anupam Shah

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Ranjeet greets Shashi Kapoor, as television actor Anupam Shah looks on.


Image: Ranjeet, Shashi Kapoor and Anupam Shah
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Gulshan Grover, Arshad Warsi, Vivek Mushran

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Gulshan Grover, Arshad Warsi and Vivek Mushran caught up with each other at the funeral.


Image: Gulshan Grover, Arshad Warsi and Vivek Mushran
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Boney Kapoor

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Arshad Warsi greets Boney Kapoor as he arrives at the venue.


Image: Arshad Warsi and Boney Kapoor
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Sanjay Kapoor, Rajat Rawail, Robin Bhatt

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Actor Sanjay Kapoor, producer Rajat Rawail and writer Robin Bhatt paid their last respects to the cinematographer.

Image: Sanjay Kapoor, Rajat Rawail and Robin Bhatt
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Dia Mirza

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Dia Mirza tweeted, 'This man was a real Tiger! He would roar the word "Bachche"! Kind soul. Ace DOP. Ace Family man. Ace Friend. Ace Countryman. RIP Ashok Mehta.'

Image: Dia Mirza
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Pallavi Joshi

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Pallavi Joshi was also spotted at the funeral.


Image: Pallavi Joshi
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Govind Nihalini

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Not many know that director Govind Nihalani was supposed to be the cinematographer of Aparna Sen's brilliant 36 Chowringhee Lane. He couldn't do the film then, as he was working on Ben Kingsley-starrer Gandhi, and Ashok Mehta bagged the project.


Image: Govind Nihalini
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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JP Dutta

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Filmmaker J P Dutta also attended the funeral.


Image: J P Dutta
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
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