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Bollywood bids adieu to Yash Chopra, poet of evergreen love

As Yash Chopra, the man who taught the country how to fall in love passed away, entire Bollywood expressed shock and grief saying that Yashji was a legendary romantic, the poet of evergreen love and the magician who created the greatest love stories

Mumbai: The entire Hindi film industry or Bollywood is mourning the death of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra, hailing him as one of the giants of Indian cinema and a poet of 'evergreen love', reports PTI.


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," she added.


"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.


Actress Sridevi, who worked with Chopra in 'Chandni' and 'Lamhe', tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the shocking news of Yashji passing away, he was full of warmth and affection whenever we met, he will be missed forever."


Veteran singer Asha Bhosle, whose daughter Varsha passed away earlier this month, tweeted, "Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra Bhaisaab has left me. Sad year."


"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. Yash ji was my anchor, my quiet strength & my father figure in Mumbai. Never realised when our relationship shifted from films to family," said Anupam Kher.


Farhan Akhtar said, "Today I understand the phrase 'The end of an era'. RIP Yash uncle."


Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said, "Yash Ji passed away before his last film came to the theatres.. Not done."


Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, "Jab tak tha yash tab tak tha cinema (Till the time Yash was there, cinema was too)."


"The man who taught the country how to fall in love passes away - you will always be with us through our work - King of Romance - RIP YASHJI," Riteish Deshmukh.


Prakash Jha said, "An institution has passed away today. He is an important chapter to the history of Indian cinema. Ironically he said two days ago that 'Jab Tak hai Jaan' is my last project. I am all numbed."


Actress Bipasha Basu said, "We lost the iconic, inspiring and always smiling Yash Chopra today. Saddened and shocked by this news.He will be missed forever. RIP Yash Uncle."


"I'm shocked and saddened by the loss of Hindi Cinema's legend - Yash ji. Romance in cinema will always be incomplete without you. RIP," said Madhur Bhandarkar.


Director Anurag Basu tweeted, "Yash Chopra - Human relations will never be the same on Indian screen... the way he potrayed, nobody did, nobody could... suppose nobody ever will."


"Saddened and numbed! Oh Yash Uncle... we will miss you," said Boman Irani.


R Madhavan said, "RIP Yash Ji. Romance and Love shall forever miss you. Farewell and may the heavens above learn Love from you."


Actress Shilpa Shetty said, "Just heard the tragic news of Yash uncle passing away. The epitome of Romance a great man... will miss him dearly."


Yash Chopra: King of romance leaves a void in Bollywood

'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' is the last work and words from legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra, who as director and producer gave support and fillip to many an artiste's career and making them into superstars

Mumbai: 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, reports PTI.
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 27 September 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 IS Johar, and then for his director-producer brother BR 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 sent 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 13 November.
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.


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