Yash Raj Chopra, veteran filmmaker, passed away on Sunday at Mumbai Lilavati Hospital
October 21, 2012 – Yash Raj Chopra, veteran filmmaker, passed away on Sunday at Mumbai Lilavati Hospital as when admitted for Dengue infections. He was admitted on October 13th for treatment and was placed in ICU. He is survived by wife Pamela Chopra and two sons – Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra.
He celebrated his 80th birthday on September 27th and announced that his last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan starring Sharukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif would be releasing on November 13th , 2012 on Diwali and he would retiring from his career.
Yash Chopra has once said that his five decades of film career was all started when he came to Mumbai with only Rs. 200/- in his pocket and a big dream of becoming a director. He initially started as an assistant director with his brother B.R. Chopra and made films.
His first film Waqt(1965) was a super duper blockbuster film which fetched him his first Filmfare Award. Later he created movies such as Deewar, Silsila, Kabhie Kabhie which were all super hits. Through his film genre initially started with action, gradually his genre changed to romance and he sculptured an iconic name for himself in this industry as “King of Romance”. His extravagant style of film making and magnificent music always touched hearts.
I&B Minister, Ambika Soni, in her condolence message said, “Today Indian cinema has lost one of its iconic personalities and a creative genius. Through films, Yashji connected generations together. His idea of portraying love as the essence of life and relationships will fondly be remembered by all movie lovers. His untimely death is a void which will be difficult to fill.”