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Yash Chopra Dies
10-21-2012, 08:57 PM (This post was last modified: 10-21-2012 09:28 PM by moimeme.)
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Yash Chopra Dies
Bollywood icon Yash Chopra dies aged 80

21 October, 2012 | By Liz Shackleton

Indian director, producer and studio head Yash Chopra died today in Mumbai where he was being treated for dengue fever. He was 80 years old.

The founder of Yash Raj Films, Chopra had recently made his return to directing after a seven-year hiatus with romance Jab Tak Hai Jaan, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, which is scheduled for release on November 13.

Born on September 27, 1932 in Lahore (then British India), Chopra started his career as an assistant director to his older brother BR Chopra and filmmaker IS Johar. He went on to direct some of Bollywood’s most famous films including Daag, Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie and most recently Veer Zaara in 2005.

He founded Yash Raj Films with Daag in 1973. The company remains one of India’s most successful and iconic production houses and scored a major hit this summer with Salman Khan vehicle Ek Tha Tiger.

In 2011, Yash Raj Films launched a Los Angeles-based production house YRF Entertainment, which produced The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman, and is gearing up to produce Grace Of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman.

During his long and illustrious career, Chopra was presented with six awards at India’s most prestigious film honours, the National Film Awards, and also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions to Indian cinema.

He is survived by his wife Pamela and sons Aditya and Uday, both producers.

Monday, 22 October 2012 00:23
Rinku Ghosh

Yash Chopra romanced cinema till he had Jaan

Perhaps his death was timed as cinematically as his backdrops. The dream merchant of Bollywood left us in the hundredth year of Indian films. And in 50 of those, Yash Chopra had created superstars, defined genres, given a new breath to romance, flickered with his best and gracefully bequeathed a legacy to those he had inspired. Yash Raj Films may be a business entity but if we could just borrow the initials, then YRF is the royal insignia that India’s popular culture could go to town with.

“I have saved the best for the last. I have cooked my best dish yet. This one is from the heart and I don’t need to make films anymore,” he had told Shah Rukh Khan in a promotional interview of Jab Tak Hai Jaan a few days ago. How prophetic. Weeks before his last film, he knew he had given us something to savour him with. That was the confidence he had lived by throughout, even daring to put ideas well ahead of their time, redefining film craft and most importantly, making it acceptable for popular consumption. And through all this he was true to his core emotions and captured them as he would say “sachhe dil se.” Few adhere to the soul premise today.

So what do you say of the man who truly embodied the meaning of Main har ek pal ka shayar hoon, har ek pal meri kahani hai. Chopra, who began as an assistant to his brother BR Chopra, made a mark with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, a film that dealt with the identity crisis of an illegitimate child, an untested territory then. He followed it up with the social drama of Partition in Dharmaputra and topped it all up with Waqt, Bollywood’s first multi-starrer. His pioneering edge continued in Ittefaq, a songless suspense movie with Rajesh Khanna, giving the then superstar a new territory to walk on. The film was short and tight, he had not followed Hollywood and had, in fact, based it on a Gujarati play. Till date, he has never relied on foreign inspirations. And in 1971, he made Khanna a bigamist in Daag, the hero with parallel lives, a layered character that he empathised with so much that the audience loved him. It was also the first film under the YRF banner. Would Rajesh Khanna have been the torn protagonist in a swirl of emotions and fate without Daag? Difficult to say.

Would Bachchan have been the same without Deewar and Trishul? The incandescent rebel became an angry young man only when he knotted up his blue shirt, literally twisting the rules of the game, and dared to thumb a nose at the idealism of a Mere paas maa hai. Recall Kaala Patthar, where the hero fell from grace and sooted himself up even more as a miner to atone for his error of judgement.

Brooding Bachchan would never have exuded the intense charisma had it not been for the conflict of human emotions that Chopra portrayed in an almost graphic novelish way. These were not just action films but deconstruction of human follies, lavish and poignant at the same time. Chopra’s heroes were endearing because they were so decidedly human in their given context.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why no hero got typified with him. He could create a Shah Rukh Khan only because he was adaptable to change. The stuttering schemer and a mad lover of Darr could easily morph into the languishing jailbird who lived to see his love before his death in Veer-Zaara. Shah Rukh Khan himself said that you are not done as an actor till you have worked with Yashji.

Many might think he soared in love, rushing to the Swiss Alps, setting up candlelight moments and weaving gossamer dreams with mono colour chiffon saris. But look closely and you find how delicately the master maker had understood the various dimensions and depths of love. For somebody so steadfast in his marriage and unwavering in his commitment, he gave us Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila and Lamhe. Lost love, unrequited love, spiritual love, obsessive love, destructive love, placid love, compromised love, timeless love and time-bound love, young love, old love, Chopra’s take on relationships has matched many a behavioural scientist’s case study. In his last interview, he had revealed how Amitabh had remained silent when he told him about the ultimate casting coup for Silsila, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha.

They all agreed and were very professional on the sets, he said. Perhaps that’s the thing about Chopra…..they knew he wouldn’t make a mockery or a display of the human condition, that he would make sure that everybody in the audience wasn’t afraid of their stains. For such is life.

But what is often overlooked in the star power of a male-dominated industry is Chopra’s love for his women - volatile, passionate, dignified, single-minded, pivotal and often more courageous than the hero. He confessed that Chandni was his favourite among all the women.

No wonder then that from Sharmila Tagore and Raakhee down to Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit, everybody owes a bit of the feisty Indian womanhood they brought in their portrayals courtesy Chopra.

Chopra’s Indian sensibility also gave the film industry its greatest music. Though he preferred Lata Mangeshkar, he got in Asha Bhosle when it was needed. And in a first, he got the classical duo of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to compose mainstream music for Chandni.

The Swiss may have loved him but what Chopra did was in essence globalise India pictorially, metaphorically too, easily transiting his photoshopped sarson ka khet to the tulip gardens of Europe. He was all-encompassing. Which is why he stepped back well in time so that others could flourish taking tips. His son Aditya Chopra could not have created a Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge without his father’s halo wrapped around him. Or YRF Studios would not have ushered in the new age with Dhoom, Chak De! India, Hum Tum or Band Baaja Baaraat that boosted the confidence of the brat pack of new directors. They even dared to think out of the Chopra box, knowing he would approve of their efforts. All the non-SRK Khans, Saif and now Aamir and Salman, did walk up to him before he went away. Ranbir Kapoor was born at YRF as was Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra. The benevolent patriarch of the Bollywood joint family has gone but his dream will forever continue to inspire.
53 years of Yash and Raj at box-office come to an end

Avijit Ghosh, TNN | Oct 22, 2012, 12.35AM IST

Few Hindi film directors, if any, personified versatility, quality and durability better than Yash Chopra, who died following complications caused by dengue at Mumbai's Lilavati hospital on Sunday evening.

The founder of Bollywood's premier banner, Yash Raj Films, and perhaps the industry's most powerful movie mogul, Chopra had turned 80 on September 27. But he was still on top of his game; eagerly awaiting the release of his latest directorial venture, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, next month.

Among the most influential directors in mainstream Bollywood, Chopra's films shaped the careers and, in a sense, defined the work of Bollywood's two biggest superstars: Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

It was Chopra's Deewar (1975) that firmly established Bachchan's angry young man character that millions in 1970s India identified with.

Similarly, the director further crystalised Shah Rukh's negative image in Darr (1993) before remolding it completely with romantic superhits such as Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Veer Zara (2004). But more importantly, he produced the blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) -- directed by son Aditya (YRF's boss) -- which turned Shah Rukh into an A-list romantic star.

[Please click on the link to see an image here summarizing Yash Chopra's career. The TOI site won't let me copy it.]

In a directorial career spanning over five decades, Chopra effortlessly hopped from one genre to another. Human drama (Dhool Ka Phool, 1959, his debut film), stylish social (Waqt, 1965, where he blended lost-and-found formula with a glimpse of India Shining in the 1960s) and songless murder mystery (Ittefaq, 1969, his most experimental film) - he did it all.

Till then, he had been working under the banner of his brother, the great B R Chopra. In 1973, he set up his own production house, Yash Raj Films, Daag (1973) being its first venture. The film was among the biggest hits of the year but Chopra dumped superstar Rajesh Khanna because of his starry tantrums. From then onwards, he forged a durable and profitable partnership with Bachchan.

His later works, especially those he made under his own banner, had two distinct strands - mature romance (Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila, Chandni, Lamhe, Veer Zara) and action-oriented human conflicts (Deewar, Trishul). But he also occasionally surprised you with a smart thriller like Darr.

Chopra's grand theme was love and it was seldom a simple affair. In his films, it was usually a high-hanging fruit that could be attained only after navigating through a maze of complications and snuffles.

Complex love triangles (Daag and Chandni), convoluted love quadrangle (Silsila), love defying category (Kabhi Kabhie), age-gap amour (Lamhe), fake young serious romance (Dil To Paagal Hai), love as sacrifice (Veer Zara), he tried to capture love in every hue.

Nonetheless, his love had its share of class bias; Chopra's lovers were invariably well-heeled. The deprived never really fell in love in his films - though the great Urdu poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi was a part of his musical team. Yet the beauty and the balance of it all was that you could watch these movies as much with your lover as with your grandmother. No surprise, a majority of moviegoers found them engaging and appealing as the box-office records suggest.

Music was always a hallmark of his romantic movies. And he helped revive the career of Khayyam by giving the out-of-job composer an opportunity to give music in Kabhi Kabhie. Khayyam repaid the trust by providing an unforgettable score. Chopra also worked with two classical musicians, Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Shiv Kumar Sharma.

It is said Yash briefly worked for the comic genius I S Johar before beginning his career officially assisting his elder brother, B R Chopra in socially conscious movies such as Ek Hi Raasta, Naya Daur and Sadhna.

His own later work does not have the same social commitment that he first displayed in works like Dharmputra (1961) but to Chopra's credit he never compromised on his idea of creating entertaining cinema even when he fell on hard times in the mindless 1980s and delivered a succession of box-office turkeys (Faasle, Vijay).

Patience has its reward. The director rode on an inspirational second wind; his last three films were all box-office biggies- Darr (1993), Dil To Paagal Hai (1997) and Veer Zaara (2004).

With advancing age, one could see a growing gap between each of his directorial ventures. The Shah Rukh Khan starrer releasing in November was meant to be a fitting swansong to his illustrious career. May be it will. But sadly, its creator won't be there to see it.
Yash Chopra: King of romance leaves a void in Bollywood

Agencies : Mumbai , Sun Oct 21 2012, 00:02 hrs

A legendary filmmaker, Yash Chopra changed the face of romance in Hindi cinema to become a brand in Bollywood with numerous hits under his belt in his five-decade long illustrious career.

Chopra(80), who was one of the pillars in Bollywood, directed some of Indian cinema's most successful and iconic films, including the action thriller "Deewar" which established megastar Amitabh Bachchan as the "angry young man".

The hit duo of Chopra and Bachchan worked together again in romantic drama "Kabhi Kabhie" and drama "Trishul".

If Shah Rukh Khan is called the King, Chopra was definitely the kingmaker and gave support and fillip to many an artiste's career and making them into superstars.

Although he began his career making different kinds of films, Chopra is today known mostly for the romantic films like 'Silsila', 'Chandni' and 'Dilwale Duhania Le Jayenge'.

The term 'Yash Chopra romance' is used to typify the kind of romantic films the filmmaker gave birth to in Bollywood.

Considered among one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema, Chopra's career has spanned over five decades and over 50 films.

Beginning his career as an assistant director, Chopra made his directorial debut with "Dhool Ka Phool" in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy.

Chopra has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards and eleven Filmfare awards including four Filmfare Award for Best Director.

Born in Lahore to a Punjabi family on September 27, 1932, Chopra moved to India after the Partition. Chopra's original plan was to pursue a career in engineering.

However, his passion for filmmaking led him to travel to Mumbai where he initially worked as an assistant director to I S Johar, and then for his director-producer brother B R Chopra.

Encouraged by the success of his films, the Chopra brothers made several more movies together during the late 50s and 60s.

Chopra rose to fame in 1965 after the commercially and critically successful drama, "Waqt", which pioneered the concept of multi-starrers in Bollywood.

In 1973, Chopra founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films, and launched it with "Daag: A Poem of Love" with the hit onscreen pair of Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna.

However, in the '80s several films he directed and produced failed to leave a mark at the box office, notably "Mashaal" and "Vijay".

But Chopra rose like phoenix with the commercially and critically successful film "Chandni" thus beginning his journey of making romantic Hindi films. He then directed and produced the cult classic 'Lamhe' in 1991.

His association with Shah Rukh Khan began with the 1993 romantic psychological thriller film 'Darr', which turned out to be a superhit with SRK playing the role of an obsessed lover.

Since then, Chopra has directed three more romantic films, all starring Khan - 'Dil To Pagal Hai' (1997), 'Veer-Zaara' (2004) and 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' (2012) before he announced his retirement from directing this year.

"I have always had great experience working with him. He is one actor who has never asked me what the story is about, how much money he will charge... whatever amount I send him through cheque he takes that and rather asks me why did I give such a huge amount," Chopra said last month during an interview with Shah Rukh on his 80th birthday.

Shah Rukh has also been a part of films like 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (1995), 'Dil To Pagal Hai' (1997), 'Mohabbatein' (2000) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), which were produced by Chopra's Yash Raj banner.

His last film 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' is set to hit theatres on November 13.

Chopra's elder son Aditya Chopra is a successful director, carrying forward his legacy and taking care of the Yash Raj banner. His younger son Uday is now handling the international branch of their production house, besides breif stints in films.

A song that was to be shot in Switzerland

Filmmaker Yash Chopra, who passed away this evening, had finished shooting his last directorial venture 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', except for a song.

And the song was to be shot in Switzerland, a country whose scenic beauty has been the backdrop of so many of Chopra's films.

He was slated to travel to Switzerland this month, when dengue fever forced him to get admitted to a hospital here on October 13.

The song would be now either shot by Chopra's elder son Aditya, or it won't be shot at all, sources close to the filmmaker said.
More than romance

Sidharth Bhatia

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Chopra’s oeuvre tracks that arc, beginning with the aftermath of Partition and the effect it had on ordinary people to the lifestyles of the rich and famous who live as easily in London and Ludhiana, Jalandhar and New Jersey. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

King of romance, master of the emotion-laden weepie and lover of beautiful people and beautiful locations are some of the terms being showered on Yash Chopra, who died on Sunday. He was all that and more. In his own way, while confecting all those fragrant and chocolatey films set in lovely hill stations and eventually in Switzerland, he also chronicled the lives of the Punjabi refugees who came to India after Partition virtually penniless and became hugely successful contractors, professionals and then, eventually, NRIs.

Chopra’s oeuvre tracks that arc, beginning with the aftermath of Partition and the effect it had on ordinary people to the lifestyles of the rich and famous who live as easily in London and Ludhiana, Jalandhar and New Jersey. At all times, however, they remain Punjabi and that too a certain kind of Punjabi — living life king size, wearing their heart on their sleeves, hosting huge weddings and, sticking to “Indian Traditions” in which the women, pretty and gorgeously dressed, carried designer bags and let the men be men. Though the new generation will identify him with films like Chandni, Dil to Pagal Hai and Veer Zara — all directed by him — and blockbusters like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ), directed by his talented son Aditya but with the father’s unmistakable stamp on it, one must look way back into history to really understand the Yash Chopra journey.

Dharamputra (1961), his second film, which was not a box office success, is a good point to start. In it, the protagonist Dilip (Shashi Kapoor) is a fiery young boy fully immersed in RSS culture and determined to send every Muslim to Pakistan. Until the one day he is faced with a terrifying revelation — he may be a Muslim after all. It was a bold film to make, and despite excellent performances and superb songs, it failed to excite the audiences. Perhaps the wounds were too fresh then. In Waqt (1965), Chopra told us the story of Lala Kedarnath, who is proud of his success as a businessman and his three growing sons, is in love with his wife of many years and is a pillar of the community. He loses everything in an earthquake and the family is separated, till everyone unites in the end. It is implicit that the Lala — probably a Peshori (of Peshawar) — was a refugee who created a new life for himself in India. One of the sons becomes a thief, another a driver and a third a lawyer, but all of them are honourable with hearts of gold. This film is an important marker in the emergence of the “modern” Indian of the 1960s, living the good life in the city, going to parties, driving flashy cars and wearing the latest fashions but with his moral compass intact.

The Lala made his appearance again in Aadmi Aur Insaan and Trishul but by then, the next generation had also grown up and turned into rich businessmen or professionals living in large Delhi homes (Kabhie Kabhie).

Inevitably, in the post-1991 reforms, they slipped into an international lifestyle and moved on from Kashmir to Switzerland. That is when Chopra handed over the reins to Aditya, who had the pulse of the younger jet set crowd but understood what the Chopra brand stood for. DDLJ is the quintessential post-liberalisation film, slickly balancing the impulses of consumerism, globalisation and tradition among Punjabi NRIs.

While Chandni, Dil to Pagal Hai and Veer Zara will be cited as examples of Chopra’s grasp of love and romantic angst among the very affluent, his portfolio was much more versatile. He also made remarkable films like Ittefaq and Deewar, the latter being one of the milestone films of Indian cinema. In Deewar, helped by Salim-Javed’s powerful script and an outstanding performance by Amitabh Bachchan, Chopra showed he could also make a spare and taut film with little or no fripperies (to say nothing of foreign locations.)

It is a pity that after Deewar, barring the occasional Trishul and Kaala Pathar, both of which were relatively lacklustre, he plunged full time into the glitzy world of chiffons and pearls. His films were huge hits, but the Yash Chopra who could hold his audience by the scruff of the neck and make them hold their breath was lost.

A whole new Yash Chopra school of filmmaking has now emerged. Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar and many more young aspirants are blind followers of that style. They tell well-mounted stories of love and romance on the streets of Manhattan and the peaks of the Alps. But Yash Chopra will always remain the master, because he and his cinema were much more textured and complex.

(Sidharth Bhatia is a journalist and author of Cinema Modern: The Navketan Story.)

Mumbai, October 21, 2012
From Partition angst to romantic confection, his films had it all

Ziya Us Salam

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Veteran Hindi filmmaker Yash Chopra passed away at a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday. File photo

YASH CHOPRA - 1932-2012

Riding on the emotion of films such as Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila, Lamhe and Darr, it would be tempting to call Yash Chopra, 80, who died on Sunday, the king of romance. But he was much more than that

Riding on the emotion of films such as Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila, Lamhe and Darr, it would be tempting to call Yash Chopra, 80, who died on Sunday, the king of romance. But he was much more than that. Chopra might have introduced Hindi film audiences to feel-good love atop snow-capped Swiss mountains but he was no prisoner of the image.

Back in the 1950s when he started off as a filmmaker, he gave us Dhool ka Phool, a fine take on the life of an illegitimate Hindu child brought up by a Muslim man. He then came up with Dharmputra, which talked of Partition and got a volatile reception at the box office.

Just a little later, in 1965, he gave Hindi cinema its biggest multi-starrer, Waqt, with the likes of Sunil Dutt, Raj Kumar, Sadhna, Sharmila Tagore, Shashi Kapoor and Balraj Sahni sharing the same screen.

But his best work came in Deewar, the 1975 film that not only portrayed an iconic tale of two brothers going their divergent ways but strengthened Amitabh Bachchan’s angry young man film persona. Something which was to set the screen ablaze a little later in Kala Pathhar, a film focused on the plight of coal workers.

The decade of the 1980s was almost a forgotten one for Chopra as films like Mashaal, where he directed Dilip Kumar, Faasle and the rest came and went causing barely a ripple at the box office. However, Chopra saved a forgettable decade with the hit Chandni and welcomed the next decade with Lamhe, rated by many as his best film. With shades of incest, Lamhe caused more than a flutter and remained the talk of the town till the time Chopra introduced Shah Rukh to film audiences as an anti-hero with Darr.

Never shy of taking risks, Chopra became a little more choosy over the past few years, limiting himself to one film over half a decade or so.

In the fitness of things, he had just wrapped up Jab Tak Hai Jaan, starring his favourite Shah Rukh. Interestingly, he was no granddad just lazying around in the sunset; he made his production house, Yash Raj Films, the biggest in Bollywood happily, handing the directorial reins to youngsters like Manish Sharma, Kabir Khan and Shaad Ali, besides his own son Aditya Chopra.
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Bollywood mourns Yash Chopra's demise
New Delhi, October 21, 2012
First Published: 19:24 IST(21/10/2012)
Last Updated: 20:30 IST(21/10/2012)

Bollywood celebs took to Twitter to pay their condolences to legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra who passed away on Sunday evening.

Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar): 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.

Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit1): 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.

Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan): T 906 - Yash Chopra passes away .. Just now a hour ago ..

Shilpa Shetty (@TheShilpaShetty): Just heard the tragic news of Yash uncle passing away. The epitome of Romance a great man...will miss him dearly. R.I.P Yash Uncle

Manoj Bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj): Yash ji is no more with us in this world.numbed to hear this just when i arrive in mumbai.what a loss!may you rest in peace yash ji.

Sophie Choudry (@Sophie_Choudry): In absolute shock to hear about Yashji! The King of Romance,he made us all fall in love with the magic of movies. May his soul RIP. Prayers

Soha Ali Khan (@sakpataudi): Shocked and saddened by the death of yash ji. My heart goes out to his family - he touched so many lives both personally and through cinema.

Shruti Haasan (@shrutihaasan): RIP yashji thankyou for the magic

Mandira Bedi (@mandybedi): Very sad to hear about Yashji. He was such an affectionate and kind person.. So big hearted and forever smiling. RIP, the King of Romance. ?

Gul Panag (@GulPanag): Yash Chopra ;( #legend

Ameesha Patel (@ameesha_patel): I just can't believ that the king of romance yash chopra just passed away..shocking n immensely painful news

Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk): RIP Yash ji. The real heartbeat of Indian cinema halts this day. Thank you sir for filling the romantic void on the celluloid. #immortal

Ayesha Takia Azmi (@Ayeshatakia): RIP Yash Chopra ji.

Sushmita Sen (@thesushmitasen): Mr. Yash Chopra..a legend of love and love stories passes away Sad my condo

Vishal Dadlani (@V1SH4L): Yash Chopra saab was a living legend in the truest sense of the word, and yet, such a cool guy! Was an honour to have met you, Sir. RIP.

Boman Irani (@bomanirani): If you asked him for a favor, he would be the one following it up. Then when you thanked him, he would fend it off with a joke..everytime!!!

Neil Nitin Mukesh (@NeilNMukesh): My first director Sad remember the way he pampered me as a child in VIJAY. Worked for him. I love him truly. An inspiration FOREVER ! Sad Sad

Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor): Rip yashji. #jabtakhaijaan

Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta): Yash Uncle we will miss you. May god give peace to your soul . R. I. P

Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin): Jab tak tha yash tab tak tha cinema

Ranveer singh (@iRanveersingh): Omg omg.this is unbelieveable.R.I.P yash ji

Rahul Khanna (@R_Khanna): Even though my interactions with Yashji were few, he was always so warm & kind. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Chopra, Adi & @UdayChopra.

Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi): The stories. The movies. The romance. RIP Yash Chopra. U shall always be remembered, always loved.

Dia Mirza (@deespeak): Deeply saddened...a stalwart film maker...champion of causes for the industry...kind heart...great soul...RIP Yashji

Sonu Nigam (@sonuniigaam): Do pal ruka khwaabon ka kaarvaan, aur phir chal diye, tum kahaan hum kahaan!! Nothing more to say.

Minissha Lamba (@Minissha_Lamba): RIP Yashji... Hindi cinema gave me meaning thru ur golden Classics... Thank you for all d beautiful cinematic moments u have given the world

Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher): My mornings will never be the same. My learnings of life will never be the same. LOVE never be the same. And cinema will NEVER be the Same.

Kabir Khan (@kabirkhankk): One of the happiest moments of my life was when my first film began with 'Yash Chopra presents' I will always cherish my moments with Yashji

Salim Merchant (@salim_merchant): 2012 seems like the end of the legends. Dev saab, shammi ji, mehdi hasan, jagjit singh, rajesh khanna, ashok mehta and now yash chopra

Arjun Rampal (@rampalarjun): Landed in Mumbai to shocking news. RIP Yashji, the saddest day in the industry.

Asha Bhosle (@ashabhosle): Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra Bhaisaab has left me. Sad year.

Anurag Basu (@basuanurag):
chopra-Human relations will never be the same on indian screen..the way he potrayed,nobody did ,nobody could..suppose nobody ever will

Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar): Shattering, hard to accept. Yash was more than a friend, a brother. I am numb and have no words to express my grief. Shattering, hard to accept. Yash was a brother and more than a friend. I am numb and have no words to express my grief

Sridevi Boney Kapoor (@SrideviBKapoor): Deeply saddened by the shocking news of Yashji passing away, he was full of warmth & affection whenever we met, he will be missed forever. '

Tisca Chopra (@tisca_chopra): What a giant of a man &what a genius of a talent.Didn't know that wishing you on yr b'day wld be the last time I'd hear you..RIP Yash Uncle
Yash Chopra to be cremated on Monday at Chandanwadi crematorium

PTI | Oct 21, 2012, 10.57PM IST

Filmmaker Yash Chopra, who passed away this evening at a suburban hospital, will be cremated tomorrow.

Chopra had been in Lilavati Hospital since October 13 after he was diagnosed with dengue. The 80-year-old director died today following multi-organ failure.

"He passed away due to dengue and multiple organ failure today evening. He was in the ICU," Lilavati Hospital spokesperson Dr Sudhir told PTI.

Meanwhile, a string of celebrities including Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu, Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, visited the hospital to pay their last respect to the legendary director.

Chopra will be cremated at 3 PM tomorrow at Chandanwadi crematorium in south Mumbai.

"From 9 AM to 12 noon people can come in at the Yash Raj Films studio in suburban Andheri to pay their condolences. He (Chopra) will be cremated at 3 PM at Chandan Wadi," YRF spokesperson told PTI.

Here's something I read at another forum. I didn't know this about YRF.

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Yashraj was so named because it was launched by Yash Chopra and Rajesh Khanna. Now they’re both gone so close to each other.

When I first read that Yash Chopra was hospitalized for dengue fever, the thought passed through my mind, "I wonder if he'll be able to come out of this." Alas, it turned out to be true.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Shahrukh, Salman Pay Last Respects To Yash Chopra At YRF Studios.
Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar, Parineeti Chopra, John Abraham, Sanjay Kapoor, Ramesh Sippy, Sonu Nigam and Jimmy Shergill visited YRF Studios through the night (Oct 21-22) to pay their last respects to Mr Yash Chopra. Notably Salman and Shahrukh were inside the YRF Studios for a long time (roughly four hours). Salman left with his sister a short while back. Shahrukh is still at YRF Studios. Is raat ki subah nahin hai.... Literally as well as figuratively.

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Salman and SRK
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