Yash Chopra passes away

Legendary film director, screenwriter and film producer Yash Chopra passed away at Lilavati hospital in Mumbai on Sunday, he had been admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with dengue. Chopra, who celebrated his 80th birthday on 27th September, had been admitted to the Lilavati hospital in Mumbai last week on account of dengue infection, hospital sources said. Chopra, known for landmark Bollywood films such as '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 27th September 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-starrer family drama. In 1973, Chopra founded his own production company Yash Raj Films. Yash Chopra, an institution in himself spent a life doing what he loved and that was to spread romance through some of his masterpieces he created in the form of love epics like ‘Silsila’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Lamhe’, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ and ‘Veer Zaara’. Yash Chopra's career spanned over five decades with more than 50 films under his belt. Yash Chopr had won several film awards, including six National Film Awards and eleven Filmfare awards including four Filmfare Award for Best Director. The Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions towards Indian cinema. The legend was working on his last film called ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ which is scheduled to release this Diwali. During the shooting of JTHJ, Yash Chopra’s trip to Switzerland with SRK and Katrina (lead actors in the film) had to be cancelled after he was admitted to Lilavati hospital.