Bollywood, fans pay final tribute to Yash Chopra
Chopra, 80, was admitted to Lilavati hospital in suburban Bandra on October 13 after being diagnosed with dengue. He passed away at 5.30 pm on Sunday. The filmmaker's body, covered with white flowers has been kept on stage number 3 of the studio since morning for people to come and pay homage. A huge black and white photo of the director is also there with several candles lit around it.
Son Aditya, Uday and actress Rani Mukerji were seen standing in front of the stage with moist eyes, while the family members and those from film fraternity were seen sitting behind. A string of celebrities were seen entering the studio from both the front and back gates, guarded by policemen and security personnel owing to the large number of fans that have gathered outside.
Among biggies who turned up at the studio include Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Shahid with father Pankaj Kapoor and mother Supriya Pathak, Parineeti Chopra, Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Kajol with mother Tanuja and sister Tannisha, Tabu, Kabir Khan with wife Mini, Prem Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Vipul Shah, Abbas Mastan, Ramesh Sippy, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai, Shyam Benegal, Saroj Khan, David Dhawan, Resul Pukkotty, Imran Khan and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, son Ranbir, Randhir Kapoor, Archana Puran Singh and husband Parmeet Sethi, Punit Malhotra and Varun Dhawan were also seen offering tributes to the 'King of Romance'.
Chopra, who gave several memorable films to Indian cinema like 'Waqt', 'Deewar', 'Silsila','Dil Toh Pagal Hai', 'Veer Zaara', announced that he was retiring from direction in a conversation with Shah Rukh on 27 September, his 80th birthday. The director had said that 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', starring SRK, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, was his last film as a director. The film was slated to release on November 13. A song from the film was to be shot in Switzerland on a grand level but after Chopra was hospitalised, the trip to Switzerland with the lead actors had to be cancelled.
Chopra also talked about his journey in cinema at the Yash Raj Studios on his birthday.
Born on September 27, 1932 in Lahore, he was the youngest of eight children, one of whom was elder brother B R Chopra who became a director and producer. He came to Mumbai with Rs 200 in his pocket and his mother's blessings to make a mark in films. Chopra started his journey in the film industry as an assistant to I S Johar and then with his brother. With his brother's production house he made his directorial debut in 1959 with 'Dhool Ka Phool' and directed iconic films like 'Dharamputra', 'Waqt' and 'Ittefaq'.
In 1973, he set up his own production company Yash Raj Films under which he made 'Daag'. Then he went on to make intense and action packed films like 'Deewar', 'Trishul', 'Kaala Patthar', 'Mashaal', 'Vijay'. A master of reinvention, Chopra changed gears after action hits to make romantic films like 'Chandni', 'Kabhi Kabhi', 'Silsila', 'Dil Toh Paga Hai', and 'Veer Zaara', which earned him the monikar of 'King of Romance' in Bollywood.
Chopra will be cremated later in the day at Pawanhans in suburban Juhu.