Bollywood bids adieu to Yash Chopra, poet of evergreen love
Bollywood yesterday mourned the death of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra, hailing him as one of the giants of Indian cinema and a poet of "evergreen love."
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who acted in Chopra's 'Mashaal' (1984), tweeted, "Shattering, hard to accept. Yash was more than a friend, a brother. I am numb and have no words to express my grief."
Singer Lata Mangeshkar remembered him as a brother with jovial personality and good heart.
"Yash Chopra was like a brother to me. His filmmaking had a unique style and musically they used to be a hit. His music never used to fade. He had a jovial personality and a good person at heart. I spoke last on his birthday and after that he fell ill. I thought he will be alright," Lata said.
"Just got the news that Yashji passed on. He was one of the giants of cinema. My deepest condolences to his family. We will all miss him," posted actress Madhuri Dixit.
"Yash Uncle we will miss you. May god give peace to your soul. RIP," tweeted Preity Zinta, who worked with Chopra in 'Veer-Zara'.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said, "Post independence, Yash Chopra's contribution to Indian cinema has been immmense. In his last project 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' he gave his everything. He was a very active man."
Shabana Azmi said, "Yashji! How could you just go? On your 80th birthday we wished for you to make 80 more films. it's heartbreaking. My heart goes out for his sons Adi (Aditya) and Uday. Anything that we say is so trite and inconsequential to the body of work he has done."
"I'm in shock and numb, can't believe the news, the man who immortalised love, Mr Yash Chopra is no more. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family," tweeted actor Akshay Kumar.
"Yash Chopra passes away... Just now an hour ago," tweeted Amitabh Bachchan.
"The legendary romantic, the poet of evergreen love, the magician who created the greatest love stories... RIP Yash uncle... you will be missed!," tweeted Vivek Oberoi.
Chopra, who also directed 'Waqt' and 'Kabhie Kabhie', said his family was in fact against his following in the footsteps of his brother.
The filmmaker rose to fame in 1965 after the commercially and critically successful drama, 'Waqt', which pioneered the concept of multi-starrers in Bollywood.
"My elder brother (B R Chopra) was already into films so my family wanted me to become an engineer... I told my brother I want to become a director," Chopra had said on his last birthday.
His debut film 'Dhool Ka Phool', 'Dharamputra' and 'Ittefaq' were all produced for B R Chopra's production house.
In 1973, Yash Chopra founded his own production company Yash Raj Films.
Though he started out in the late 50s, Chopra always had his finger on the pulse of the audience and continued to deliver blockbusters in every following decade.
The filmmaker was looking forward to the release of 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead.
Katrina felt Chopra shouldn't have retired from direction as no one could match up to him.
"I think he shouldn't have retired. It is sad that he announced his retirement. He is a legend and I don't think anyone can match up to him. It is a huge loss. I feel I am honoured to be part of his last film," Katrina had said during a promotional event here.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar said she and Chopra shared family relations. "He made me sing in all his films. He was a jovial person and interacted with everyone with love. Even when he was angry, he simply kept quiet."
Reacting to the news, filmmaker Subhash Ghai said, "Yashji was the guru of industry. He was always full of energy. He will be remembered forever." PTI