Veteran director-producer Yash Chopra breathed his last on Sunday, days after being discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital where he was treated for dengue. The famed filmmaker was admitted to the Bandra hospital on October 13 after being diagnosed with dengue. Chopra is known for making some of the best love stories like “Daag”, “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Silsila”, “Chandni” and “Lamhe” and action dramas like “Deewar” and “Trishul”. In 1973, he was intrumental in launching superstar Amitabh Bachchan as the angry young man in his action thriller Deewar. The filmmaker, who was looking forward to the release of his upcoming Shah Rukh starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan. With Shah Rukh Khan, the King of Romance, in the lead, the music raises lot of expectations. Mozart of Madras A.R. Rahman has composed eight original tracks and one reprise version, while Gulzar has penned the lyrics.
Born in Lahore on September 27, 1932, Chopra began his career as an assistant director to I.S. Johar and his elder brother, B.R. Chopra.He made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, and followed it with the hard-hitting social drama Dharmputra (1961). Encouraged by the success of both the films, the Chopra brothers made several other movies together during the late fifties and sixties.
The King of Romance will be missed big time.