Mumbai:  Bollywood artists on Wednesday mourned the death of India's first superstar Rajesh Khanna, saying his magic and charm will live forever.

Khanna, 69, died on Wednesday at his 'Aashirwad' home on Carter Road in Bandra.

Veteran actress Saira Banu, who missed a chance of working with Khanna during his stardom days, remembers the actor as a very "shy" person.

"I was supposed to work with him in 'Choti Bahu' but I could not because I was ill. I shot with him for two days and found that he was very charming, humble and a shy person. May his soul rest in peace," Banu said.

His contemporary Manoj Kumar said he was planning to meet Khanna.

"I had called Dimple but she told me not to come as Rajesh Khanna was not in a position to talk...I miss him a lot and I have shared some of the best memories with him," Kumar said.

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said, "He was the powerhouse of Hindi film industry. I met him on the sets of aaradhna, he had some kind of energy and you will be charged when he is around you. His name will be written in golden words."

Producer-director Karan Johar said Khanna's magic will live forever.

"The magic...the mannerism...the mania of Rajesh Khanna is inscribed in every archive of indian inema...forever....RIP SIR!!!," said Karan Johar.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said, "The epitome of superstardom is no more amongst us. There was none, there is none and there won't be any like you kakaji. You will be missed."

Tusshar Kapoor tweeted, "Rajesh Khanna ji, our 1st superstar is no more! I worked with him in 'Kyaa dil ne kaha & learnt a lot just talking to him! May his soul RIP!."

Actress Neha Dhupia said, "RIP Rajesh khanna Saab ... U , ur stardom, ur magic will live forever!."

(Agencies)

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