Dikshit condoles death of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra of dengue at 80
OT, October 21, 2012 14:15 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/New Delhi
Iconic film director and producer of Bollywood Yash Chopra died on Sunday at about 5:30 PM at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra.
The 80-year-old legendary Chopra, who was also known as the ‘King of Romance’ was hospitalized a week ago after suffering from dengue.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit expressed her grief over the demise of Chopra, who was born on September 27, 1932 in Lahore and then travelled to India to start his career. In his earlier days he worked with his older brother BR Chopra to learn the trick of the trade.
In his long career of five decades, he helped introduced many talented actors in the film industry.
He was awarded many prestigious awards including the highest Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 2001 and also conferred Padma Bhushan in 2005. Besides, in his illustrious he won six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare awards.
Dhool Ka Phool in 1959 was his first film that catapulted him into stardom.
Since then he never looked behind making many memorable films depicting the reality of society including Dharmaputra.
Through Deewar he helped Amitabh Bachchan become a superstar. It was in this film that the Big B was depicted as an angry young man which went down with the Indian middle class well.
Some of his latest films include Jab Tak Hai Jaan starring Shah Rukh Khan, another star of the day.
Describing Chopra as an institution, CM Dikshit said the film industry has lost a veteran who was deeply involved in making Indian cinema more forceful in disseminating the messages.
Caption: Photo of Yash Chopra via ibnlive.in.com
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