India’s King of Romance: Film maker Yash Chopra Dies At 80

Courtesy of Bollywood Mantra

MUMBAI, India — Bollywood’s  famous Indian film maker Yash Chopra died Sunday after he was admitted to a Mumbai hospital last week, a doctor said. “He passed away due to dengue and multiple organ failure,” the Press Trust of India news agency reported, quoting hospital spokesman Sudhir. He died 80 years of age.

Chopra is survived by his wife Pamela and two sons — Aditya and Uday.

Also known as the “King of Romance,” Chopra had a Hindi-language movie-making career that spanned five decades with major hits including “Deewar” (Wall), “Dil To Pagal Hai” (The Heart Is Mad) and “Chandni” (Moonlight).

At an event marking his 80th birthday last month, Chopra talked about how he came to Mumbai with only 200 rupees in his pocket, hoping to make it as a film director.

He was in his destiny to lead a successful life as Chopra established Yash Raj Films, one of Bollywood’s biggest production houses, which churns 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.

The film-maker created intensely emotional and tragic movies, many of which went on to become box-office blockbusters.

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

Leading Indian actors favored starring in Chopra’s movies as they believed his movies were a sure-fire way to become a hit with audiences.

“I’m in shock and numb, can’t believe the news, the man who immortalised love, Mr. Yash Chopra is no more,” actor Akshay Kumar said on Twitter.

Chropra’s latest Hindi movie, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” (As Long As I Am Alive), is scheduled for release across India next month. The film features Shah Rukh Khan, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, along with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

His elder son, Aditya Chopra, also is a successful film director and a younger son, Uday Chopra, runs the international branch of the family’s production house.

Yash Chopra started his film career under the tutelage of his elder brother, veteran filmmaker B.R. Chopra, who died four years ago at age 94.

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