The inimitable, masterly storyteller of deeply romantic dreams, who defined screen romance for generations of movie-goers, is no more.
Yash Chopra, the uncrowned King of Bollywood Romance, passed away in Mumbai this evening. He was suffering from dengue for the past about 10 days.
His tragic demise has sent the entire film industry into a well of gloom. With his departure, an era seems to have come to an end. His most memorable films -- such as Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie, Trishul, Daagh, Silsila, Dil To Pagal Hai, Veer Zaara, and Chandni feature among all-time hits. His flamboyant style of movies with exotic locales and mellifluous music became a personal hallmark. His son Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut carrying his stamp, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' is Indian cinema's longest-running blockbuster (running nonstop ever since release in Maratha Mandir, Mumbai).
'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', his last directorial venture (he had announced retirement thereafter) starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, is up for a Deepawali release.
Yash Chopra’s distinctive style of intense romantic dramas with Chiffon sarees and the Swiss Alps became so much synonymous with him that Switzerland Tourism even offered a guided tour of the places where he had filmed his famous songs and scenes.
In fact, Chopra had recently celebrated his 80th birthday on September 27. Widely revered as the country's king of celluloid romance, Chopra also proved his mettle with intensely emotional and tragic movies, many of which became blockbusters.