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Bollywood missing at Parveen Babi's funeral

By Vijay Singh in Mumbai
Last updated on: January 23, 2005 21:55 IST
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Former actress Parveen Babi, who was found dead at her Juhu residence on Saturday, was buried next to her mother at a cemetery in Santacruz, a suburb of Mumbai, at around 9.40pm on Sunday evening.

The last rites were performed by Babi's relatives, who had come from Gujarat to claim her body.

None of Mumbai's film fraternity, except her former lover Kabir Bedi, Mahesh Bhatt and Danny, were present on the occasion.

Bedi, paying his last respects, said the actress always had a troubled life. He said even after their relationship ended they nursed deep respect for each other.

Earlier, police handed over the body to a relative from Balashinore in Gujarat.

"We gave the body to her cousin sister Farhad Sultan Babi," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta.

"A few of the relatives, who had come to claim the body, knew each other and agreed to handing over the body to Farhad. After verification, we handed over the body for cremation," he said.

Police said Farhad also produced photographs and documents to prove her relationship.

Farhad's father is said to be the actress's first cousin on the maternal side.

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