Mumbai: Legendary Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra passed away at the age of 80 on Sunday evening at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, where he was being treated for dengue for the past one week.
Chopra, who was popularly known as the ‘King of Romance’ for his several films in that genre, directed some of Bollywood’s most successful and iconic films.
The legend director was born on September 27, 1932 in Lahore, Chopra began his career as an assistant director to his older brother BR Chopra and filmmaker IS Johar.
Chopra made romantic films like Silsila, Kabhi Kabhi, Chandni, Lamhe, Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Veer Zaara.
Chopra, who has won six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare awards, including four Filmfare Award for best director, was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.
Chopra’s action thriller Deewar established superstar Amitabh Bachchan as the ‘angry young man’. Chopra was the one who began the concept of multi-starrers in Waqt (1965).
His last movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma is scheduled for release during Diwali.
In a unexpected and a correct prediction, Chopra while marking his 80th birthday with actor Shah Rukh Khan by his side, said, “I think I’ve had enough, Shah Rukh,” Chopra replied when Khan asked him about his next project.