Yash Chopra Dies - Diagnosed of Dengue, Passes Away After Multiple Organ Failure, Aged 80

Yash Chopra Death News: Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra died at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital on Sunday, a hospital spokesperson said. He was 80. Chopra was admitted to Lilavati hospital in suburban Bandra on October 13 after being diagnosed with dengue. Yash Chopra had attended actor Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday party with wife Pamela on October 11th. He had announced his retirement from film direction last month.

Yash Chopra Passes Away

In his over five decade old career, Chopra has made several hits like Deewar, Trishul, Chandni, Silsila, Veer Zaara and others. He was known as Hindi cinema's 'king of romance' for making some of Bollywood's most memorably intense romantic dramas.

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Known for making some of the best love stories and action dramas, the veteran had been busy shooting for his last directorial project Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

The filmmaker was looking forward to the release of his upcoming romantic movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan which stars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead. It is set to release on November 13.

Born in 1932 in Lahore, now in Pakistan, the film-maker was favoured by leading Indian actors with his movies seen as a sure-fire way to become a hit with audiences.

Chopra recently reminisced about a Bollywood career that spanned five decades, narrating how he came to Mumbai with 200 rupees in his pocket, hoping to make it as a film director.

Chopra's disclosure, made at an event marking his 80th birthday with actor Shah Rukh Khan by his side, took the Indian film industry by surprise.

"I think I've had enough, Shah Rukh," Chopra replied when Khan asked him about his next project. "I have always lived according to what my heart tells me," he said. "I won't make any film after Jab Tak Hai Jaan."

Since then, Chopra has made some of Indian cinema's most memorable films -- such as 'Deewar', 'Kabhi Kabhie', 'Silsila' and 'Chandni'. His flamboyant style of film-making, movies filmed in exotic locales and mellifluous music became a hallmark, endearing him to filmgoers.

Chiffon sarees and the Swiss Alps are so synonymous with Chopra's style of film-making that Switzerland Tourism even offered visitors a guided tour of the places where the director filmed some of his most famous songs and scenes.

Riding on his success, Chopra established Yash Raj Films, one of Bollywood's biggest production houses, churning out at least three movies a year. In November, the film studio announced its foray into Hollywood, signing on actors such as Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman for its overseas productions.

Chopra also produced Indian cinema's longest-running blockbuster, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (1995), which marked the debut of his son Aditya as director.

Minister for I&B, Smt Ambika Soni has condoled the death of veteran director and producer, Shri Yash Chopra. In her condolence message she said, "Today Indian cinema has lost one of its iconic personalities and a creative genius. Through films, Yashji connected generations together. His idea of portraying love as the essence of life and relationships will fondly be remembered by all movie lovers. His untimely death is a void which will be difficult to fill."

Here's what celebrities had to say about Yash Chopra

Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) tweets: Heartbreaking news Yash Chopra passes away.

Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) says, "I am in shock. Yash Chopra jee passed away ? What a man. What a loss .. can never forget his warmth, encouragement and humility.."

Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan): "Yash Chopra passes away .. Just now a hour ago." (Inputs from Reuters)

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