Yash Chopra passed away on the 21st of October at Lilavati Hospital. He had been diagnosed with dengue and died at the age of 80.
He had been working in the film industry since 1959. Yashji (as he was known to the film fraternity)has been spreading the magic of love for over five decades. In his 52 year long career, he has produced over 50 movies and directed 22 movies, the last and yet unreleased being Jab TakHaiJaan to be released on 13th November, around Diwali .
In a recent interview with ShahRukh Khan, Yash Chopra mentioned that he won’t be making any more films after Jab TakHaiJaan and that he had lived his life.
He was a brilliant filmmaker who was passionate about his work. With hits like Silsila, Lamhe, Chandni, DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge, DilTohPagalHai and Veer-Zaara, Yash Chopra immortalized love for the Indian audience.
There is always a certain ambience in a Yash Raj movie. The dream sequence in Switzerland with the protagonists dancing in the Alps has become a trademark of a Yash Chopra film. The man gave a new definition to romance, according to which, most of it happened in a dream sequence. Yashji chose some beautiful outdoor locations and gave a new beauty to chiffon sarees altogether.
In his life, Yash Chopra has worked with most superstars. He indulged into different kinds of cinema and did not limit himself to one genre. Dhoom 3, which is going to be the last film under the Yash Raj banner is said to be released in 2013.
Yash Chopra received National Film Awards for DilTohPagalHai (1998) and Veer-Zaara (2005), several Filmfare Awards for Deewar (1975), Lamhe (1991), DilwaleDulhania Le Jayenge(1995), DilTohPagalHai(1998), Veer-Zaara (2004) and many more. He has been honoured with the National KishoreKumarAward by the GovernmentofMadhyaPradesh. He has also been honoured by the Swiss Government for rediscovering Switzerland.
Our generation, in particular, has grown up watching his movies. There will not be anymore “Rajs” and “Simrans”, and “Rahuls” and “Anjalis”, and there certainly will never be a filmmaker who could recreate the magic and the romance that Yash Chopra created in each and every one of his films.
Yash Chopra was a true legend. His demise is not just a great loss to the Indian cinema, but to the entire world.