Yash Chopra -AFP File Photo

MUMBAI: Veteran film-maker Yash Chopra, known as India's king of celluloid romance, died on Sunday just weeks after announcing he would not direct any more movies. He was 80.

A Yash Raj Films spokeswoman said Chopra died in the evening. The film-maker had been admitted to a Mumbai hospital last week and was being treated for dengue fever.

"I'm in shock and numb, can't believe the news, the man who immortalised love, Mr. Yash Chopra is no more," actor Akshay Kumar said on Twitter.

Born in 1932 in Lahore, now in Pakistan, Chopra was favoured by leading Indian actors with his movies seen as a sure-fire way to become a hit with audiences.

The film-maker proved his mettle with intensely emotional and tragic movies, many of which went on to become box-office blockbusters.

Chopra's Bollywood career spanned five decades, and at an event marking his 80th birthday last month, Chopra narrated how he came to Mumbai with 200 rupees in his pocket, hoping to make it as a film director.

Since then, Chopra made some of Indian cinema's most memorable films -- such as "Deewar", "Kabhi Kabhie", "Silsila" and "Chandni".

His flamboyant style of film-making, movies filmed in exotic locales and mellifluous music became a hallmark, endearing him to filmgoers.

Chiffon sarees and the Swiss Alps are so synonymous with Chopra's style of film-making that Switzerland Tourism even offered visitors a guided tour of the places where the director filmed some of his most famous songs and scenes.

Riding on his success, Chopra established Yash Raj Films, one of Bollywood's biggest production houses, churning out at least three movies a year.

In November, the film studio announced its foray into Hollywood, signing on actors such as Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman for its overseas productions.

Chopra also produced Indian cinema's longest-running blockbuster, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (1995), which marked the debut of his son Aditya as director.

"I have never made romantic films. I have made films on human relations, and humans are complicated people," he said at the event in September.

"Jab Tak Hai Jaan", with Chopra at the helm for the last time, opens in cinemas in November, eight years after his last project "Veer-Zaara", a passionate tale of love across borders.

The film features Shahrukh Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest stars, along with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

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October 21, 2012 3:34 pm
He will be remembered for grt achievements in cinema.
Shrirang,Navi Mumbai
October 21, 2012 6:06 pm
Yashaji , may god rest your soul in peace. VEER-ZARA was great, it's the most romantic film i have ever seen. Looking forward for the Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Fawad Khan
October 22, 2012 2:27 pm
With you dies the art of direction that long over-whelmed bollywood cinema and film making.. Thank you for all the legendary movies.. RIP Yash Chopra..
October 21, 2012 2:30 pm
RIP Mr. Yash Chopra! You will be missed!
October 21, 2012 5:26 pm
thank you pakistani people may god bless ya all
Ch.subba Rao
October 21, 2012 3:42 pm
one of the greatest film maker the world ever seen and true and big loss to Indian cinema and difficult to fill the void
October 23, 2012 4:40 am
R.I.P Mr. Yash Chopra..... Great loss of Bollywood .....
October 21, 2012 3:46 pm
Really sad. we all love his work. May God rest his soul in peace.
October 21, 2012 3:50 pm
A great loss for all od us Hindi / Urdu film lovers. May he rest in peace.
October 21, 2012 4:00 pm
May the soul rest in peace & lead the us towards humane relations....& Love..!
Kadir Khan
October 21, 2012 4:12 pm
He was a king maker whose movies has given many super stars to bollywood. After veer-zara, Chopra should have continued directing/producing movies but he took a long gap of 9 yrs to do his next and perhaps now the last "jab tak he jan" releasing in 3 weeks on Diwali on Nov 9th..-RIP
October 21, 2012 9:43 pm
very few people like you. Great producer, and wonderful person.
October 21, 2012 7:14 pm
Rubia Shaikh
October 21, 2012 7:28 pm
I am deeply saddened by his sudden sad demise. May God rest his soul in peace. I am sorry to learn that he was from Lahore. It is very difficult to forget your birth place and I am sure he must have missed Lahore on several occasion.
October 21, 2012 11:03 pm
No doubt he was an outstanding veteran film-maker, he will be missed.
October 22, 2012 5:38 am
May his soul rest in peace.
October 22, 2012 12:45 pm
All things do comes to a stop to proceed further into known or unknown
October 22, 2012 2:12 am
Lahore salutes its son and laments that his ashes shall not be returning to the land of his birth
Romesh Saini, South Hill USA
October 22, 2012 2:14 am
That, Mr. Yash Chopra was an iconic and legendary film maker, is well known. But beyond that, he was a great human being. He was simple, honest and very down to earth. He treated people around him with kindness, love and respect. It will be a very long time before Indian Cinema will see another film producer of his calibre. His absence from the Bollywood stage will be sorely missed, but he will continue to live for ever through his fine movies. Let us all pay tribute to Yashji's legacy by cherishing and celebrating the good life Yashji lived.
October 22, 2012 3:54 am
Thank you Mr. Yash for providing us with fine memorable moments
moa shah
October 22, 2012 3:55 am
a great loss to both nations Pakistan and India,He was born in Pakistan,May Almighty rest him in peace,we lost a remarkable director and a loving person with smile on his face always
October 22, 2012 2:32 am
He studied in Govt College Lahore as did Dev Anand and Balraj Sahni SK, Mumbai
October 22, 2012 2:37 am
sorry to see him go, one day every one has to go may God bless him
October 22, 2012 4:21 am
A great director with sense of love across the border. rest in Peace.........
ajmal salim khan
October 21, 2012 4:44 pm
great director
October 22, 2012 3:44 pm
Very sorry to learn the demise of Yashji. He was a great director. Saw the movie 'Ittefaq' last night. Great movie, made when I was not born and saw it the first time. It was exciting even in 2012. Lahore lost great movie makers such as Dev Anand, Chopras, Dilip sahab etc to Bombay. India too lost great poets, singers, artisans to Pakistan. Humanity lost. Glad that we had Rahi Masoom Reza, Sahir Ludhinyanvi, Khayyam, Mohmmad Rafi, etc. who decided to stay in India. Imagine if Yash Chopra ji wanted to visit Lahore from Bombay, he would have to go via the Wagah border or fly via Dubai or Qatar, etc to Lahore as there are no direct flights. A flight of an hour and a half takes almost a day. Strange, the leaders two countries cannot get along on basic things and people suffer. I am 30 and hope to visit Lahore and other parts of Pakistan some day. Maybe, maybe...!
Sagar Chanchal
October 21, 2012 4:16 pm
RIP Yash!
October 21, 2012 2:13 pm
A great loss to Indian Cinema!
RAHUL_fun-fact-is-!! (@rahulpetrocrat)
October 21, 2012 3:42 pm
rip yashji!! a great loss to all film fans worldwide..
R Agent
October 21, 2012 3:04 pm
Huge loss to Bollywood
amna shahnawaz wasif
October 23, 2012 4:34 am
may Allah rest his soul in peace ...he was a great film maker with full of life and colors and he used to show the same through his movies.
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