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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.


RS Software India puts a strong showing; operating profit up 66%

RS Software India, a poster boy of the dot-com era has turned around, cleansed itself and has put yet another strong quarterly results

RS Software India is on a roll and has defied expectations, once again. It posted a year-on-year (y-o-y) increase of 66% in operating profit, to Rs13.59 crore, for the September 2012 quarter. Furthermore, sales have increased 28% y-o-y, to Rs77.52 crore from Rs60.44 crore, despite challenging economic climate and a volatile rupee. Its net profit zoomed 63% to Rs9.48 crore. It is pertinent to note that the company has weathered the economic storm, showing its resilience, when most small-cap companies succumb to global pressures.

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Despite good quarterly showing, its valuation remains attractive. The market capitalisation is just 3.85 times its operating profits, while its return on equity is a stupendous 42%. Very few analysts, if at all, are covering this little known small-cap stock. The operating profit comfortably beat our three-quarter y-o-y growth metric of 44%. At the same time, its operating profit grew nine times out of the last 11 quarters—a powerful sign of strong growth. The fact that operating profit grew more than sales means the company’s operations are smooth and controlled. Similarly, its sales growth has been steady and firm, with the three-quarter y-o-y growth rate at a solid 33%.

The long-term prospect looks strong as the global economy transitions from paper-based transactions to electronic form. As more and more people are using internet, the importance of electronic payment is only poised to go upwards. This is where RS Software comes into the picture. It has developed a payments laboratory for research in the areas of business intelligence, mobile payments and payment gateways.

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The company was a poster boy of the dot-com boom in the early 2000s when its stock crashed and fell into a long period of decline and stagnancy. However, it has made a strong comeback after it has wrung out the excesses. The company is focussed on providing consulting solutions, enterprise application integration, applications management and outsourcing services to the electronic payment industry.

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DGCA suspends Kingfisher’s flying license

Suspension of flying licence implies an immediate halt to all bookings on the entire Kingfisher network as well as through travel agents, civil aviation ministry officials said

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today suspended the flying licence of beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines for failing to come up with a viable plan for its financial and operational revival and resolve the impasse with its employees over payment of their salary dues, reports PTI.


DGCA has suspended the Scheduled Operator Permit of Kingfisher Airlines till further orders, civil aviation ministry officials said.


Suspension of flying licence implies an immediate halt to all bookings on the entire Kingfisher network as well as through travel agents, the officials said.


The liquor baron Vijay Mallya-owned carrier has been saddled with a loss of Rs8,000 crore and a debt burden of another over Rs7,524 crore, a large part of which it has not serviced since January. The airline currently has only 10 operational aircraft compared to 66 a year ago.


Asked why the license was suspended, the officials said the government did not want a situation where the airline, which was on cash-and-carry mode for almost all service providers, re-starts operations and then keeps flying in fits and starts, as has been happening since last year-end.


The airline, under a lockout since October one and resultant suspension of entire operations, had on Friday sought more time to respond to the DGCA’s show-cause notice but did not give any timeline by which it would do so.


The DGCA had issued the show-cause notice on 5th October to the crisis-ridden carrier asking why its flying licence should not be suspended or cancelled as it was not adhering to its flight schedule and “abruptly cancelling its flights time and again during the last 10 months”, causing great inconvenience to the travelling public.


The aviation regulator had given the airline 15 days to respond, the deadline for which expired today.


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