Renowned Indian film director Yash Raj Chopra passes away

Renowned Indian film director Yash Raj Chopra passes away

San Francisco : CA : USA | Oct 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM PDT
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Yash Raj Chopra, the renowned Indian film director, screenwriter and film producer who entertained generations of fans, has passed away. He was 80.

Chopra was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on Oct. 13 due to dengue, and passed away on Oct. 21.

Chopra had just turned 80 on Sept. 27, and he was busy with the release of yet another directorial milestone, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

Chopra’s fans and colleagues gathered on Stage 3 of the Yash Raj Films studio in the morning to see his body and pay homage to the legend, who was also known as the “king of romance.” His movies were watched and thoroughly enjoyed by all age groups.

His sons, Aditya, who is also a Bollywood director, and Uday, who is a budding actor, were seen standing in the front row on the stage along with actress Rani Mukherji. A lot of celebrities were gathered to pay homage to Chopra.

Several renowned people from all walks of life came to pay respect to Chopra’s life and career. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was also present at the funeral. Among the actors from the fraternity, Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Shahid with father Pankaj Kapoor and mother Supriya Pathak, Parineeti Chopra and Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor were also present at the Yash Raj Films studio.

Most of the people who had the honor of working with him, including Manoj Kumar, Kajol, Tabu, Prem Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Vipul Shah, Abbas Mastan, Ramesh Sippy, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai, Shyam Benegal, Saroj Khan, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, were also present at the funeral.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid homage to Chopra, saying he was an “icon of Indian cinema” who entertained several generations. He posted on his official Twitter account, "I send heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the entire film fraternity at this loss. He established the popularity of Indian cinema internationally and was honoured by many governments. He will be remembered by millions. He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. His flourish to essay romance and social drama was unmatched,” according to a report by the Hindustan Times.

Yash Chopra’s death is a mere shock for the Indian film industry. He will always remain irreplaceable and his work will keep his name alive for many more generations to come.

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