MUMBAI, India — Bollywood stars and film fans have paid their last respects to one of India's first superstars, Rajesh Khanna, as his body was cremated in a Hindu ceremony in Mumbai.

Khanna's grandson Aarav performed the last rites Thursday after the star's body was carried from his home in a glass coffin by a truck festooned with photographs.

Thousands lined the streets to view the funeral procession.

Khanna died Wednesday of undisclosed causes at age 69.

He was known as the "King of Romance" and played the lead in most of his 170 movies, earning fame that had directors booking him for his box-office draw.

Screaming fans would surround Khanna in public, and women wrote him letters in their blood. But his appeal waned as Bollywood shifted toward action films.

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  • The body of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna is carried on a truck during his funeral procession in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo)

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan

    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, bottom center wearing sunglasses and his son actor Abhishek Bachchan, bottom right in white, walk together through a sea of fans and mourners to attend the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • An Indian police officer tries to control the crowd with a stick during the funeral of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • Family members accompany the body of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in a truck during his funeral in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Fans hold a photograph of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna during his funeral in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • Fans and mourners hold umbrellas as it rains during the funeral of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • Fans react during the funeral of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Mourners gather around as the body of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna is taken in a truck during his funeral in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Fans and mourners hold umbrellas as it rains during the funeral of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • People fall on the ground as policemen try to control the crowd during the funeral of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan

    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, center and his son actor Abhishek Bachchan, center right, walk through a sea of fans and mourners to attend the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • Fans hold a photograph of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna during his funeral in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan

    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, center and his son actor Abhishek Bachchan, center right, walk through a sea of fans and mourners to attend the funeral of Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • Dimple Kapadia, Rinke Khanna, Akshay Kumar

    Actress Dimple Kapadia, the wife of late Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna, left, along with her daughter Rinke Khanna, second from left and son-in-law, actor Akshay Kumar, background left, pay their respects during Khanna's funeral in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Dimple Kapadia

    Actress Dimple Kapadia, left, grieves during the funeral of her husband Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Khanna, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Shabana Azmi

    Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi, center, leaves after paying her respects to Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Khanna, the first Hindi film actor to gain superstar status in Indian films, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Rishi Kapoor

    Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, center, leaves after paying his respects to Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Khanna, the first Hindi film actor to gain superstar status in Indian films, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Akshay Kumar

    Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna's son-in-law and actor Akshay Kumar speaks to the media in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Khanna, the first Hindi film actor to gain superstar status in Indian films, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

  • Fans of Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna gather outside his residence in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Khanna, the first Hindi film actor to gain superstar status in Indian films, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 69. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)