Report by Faisal Saif, Mumbai: Legendary filmmaker and ‘King of Romance’ Yash Chopra passed away at Lilavati hospital in Mumbai on Sunday. The film maker celebrated his 80th birthday on September 27, had been admitted to the Lilavati hospital in Mumbai last week on account of dengue infection, hospital sources said.
Yash Chopra was known for landmark Bollywood films such as 'Dhool ka Phool', 'Ittefaq', ’Trishul’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Silsila’, ‘Chandni’ and ‘Dil to Pagal Hai’, during his career spanning over five decades, had said on his birthday last month that his upcoming film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ would he his last movie as a director. Lilavati hospital spokesperson said Chopra was in the ICU for the past few days. Chopra, 80, is survived by wife and two sons, filmmaker Aditya Chopra and actor-producer Uday Chopra.
Yash Raj Chopra was born in Lahore (now in Pakistan) on September 27, 1932. He began his career as an assistant director to his elder brother B R Chopra and directed his own first film ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ in 1959.
The Chopra brothers made several more movies together during the late 50s and 60s. Chopra’s first commercial as well as critical success was Waqt (1965), a multi-star family drama. In 1973, Chopra founded his own production company Yash Raj Films. He made films like ’Trishul’ and ‘Deewar’, both featuring Amitabh Bachchan in central roles, but in the later years Chopra got more and more focused with the ‘romance’ genre. If Shah Rukh Khan is called the King of Romance, Yash Chopra was definitely the kingmaker of Romanticism. For the simple reason Chopra is today known mostly for the romantic films like ‘Silsila’, ‘Chandni’ and ‘Dilwale Duhania Le Jayenge’.
Yash Chopra was considered among one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema, He has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards and eleven Filmfare awards including four Filmfare Award for Best Director.