Sunday, 21 October 2012

Yash Chopra Passes Away

Yash Chopra, the film maker who launched Yash Raj Films in 1973, has died at the age of 80. According to the Times of India, he was admitted to Lilavati hospital in Bandra Mumbai on 13 October after being diagnosed with dengue fever. Yash Chopra had been suffering complications of the disease and suffered multiple organ failure. He was getting ready to release his latest film Jab Tak Hai Jaan and reportedly cancelled a trip to the Swiss Alps to film a song after he was admitted to hospital.

The director, screenwriter and film producer was born on 27 September 1932 and was the youngest of eight children. He worked as an assistant director to I.S. Johar before working for his brother B.R. Chopra. He directed his first film in 1959 called Dhood Ka Phool and went on to make hits including Khabi Khabie, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange and Chandni. He won six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare awards, including four Filmfare Awards for best director. Yash Chopra was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

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