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Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra dies at 80

Published Oct 21, 2012 01:29pm


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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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M A KHAN Oct 21, 2012 03:34pm
He will be remembered for grt achievements in cinema.
Shrirang,Navi Mumbai Oct 21, 2012 06:06pm
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 Oct 22, 2012 02:27pm
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..
Riaz Oct 21, 2012 02:30pm
RIP Mr. Yash Chopra! You will be missed!
sanj Oct 21, 2012 05:26pm
thank you pakistani people may god bless ya all
Ch.subba Rao Oct 21, 2012 03:42pm
one of the greatest film maker the world ever seen and true and big loss to Indian cinema and difficult to fill the void
AADI Oct 23, 2012 04:40am
R.I.P Mr. Yash Chopra..... Great loss of Bollywood .....
Sidiki Oct 21, 2012 03:46pm
Really sad. we all love his work. May God rest his soul in peace.
Khizr Oct 21, 2012 03:50pm
A great loss for all od us Hindi / Urdu film lovers. May he rest in peace.
Ad Oct 21, 2012 04:00pm
May the soul rest in peace & lead the us towards humane relations....& Love..!
Kadir Khan Oct 21, 2012 04:12pm
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
Muhammad Oct 21, 2012 09:43pm
very few people like you. Great producer, and wonderful person.
anam Oct 21, 2012 07:14pm
Rubia Shaikh Oct 21, 2012 07:28pm
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.
Raja Oct 21, 2012 11:03pm
No doubt he was an outstanding veteran film-maker, he will be missed.
nooriezk Oct 22, 2012 05:38am
May his soul rest in peace.
Ahmed Oct 22, 2012 12:45pm
All things do comes to a stop to proceed further into known or unknown
Khizr Oct 22, 2012 02:12am
Lahore salutes its son and laments that his ashes shall not be returning to the land of his birth
Romesh Saini, South Hill USA Oct 22, 2012 02:14am
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.
S.M.Shabbir Oct 22, 2012 03:54am
Thank you Mr. Yash for providing us with fine memorable moments
moa shah Oct 22, 2012 03:55am
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
SK Oct 22, 2012 02:32am
He studied in Govt College Lahore as did Dev Anand and Balraj Sahni SK, Mumbai
manghirmalani Oct 22, 2012 02:37am
sorry to see him go, one day every one has to go may God bless him
Nomi Oct 22, 2012 04:21am
A great director with sense of love across the border. rest in Peace.........
ajmal salim khan Oct 21, 2012 04:44pm
great director
Raj Oct 22, 2012 03:44pm
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 Oct 21, 2012 04:16pm
RIP Yash!
Zeeshan Oct 21, 2012 02:13pm
A great loss to Indian Cinema!
RAHUL_fun-fact-is-!! (@rahulpetrocrat) Oct 21, 2012 03:42pm
rip yashji!! a great loss to all film fans worldwide..
R Agent Oct 21, 2012 03:04pm
Huge loss to Bollywood
amna shahnawaz wasif Oct 23, 2012 04:34am
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.