A tribute to the Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra Ji, the ‘King of Bollywood”
Yash Chopra died at the age of 80, just weeks before the release of his final film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. A sad way to bow out, being unable to see the curtains rise up before the film hit the screens. It is another blow to the world of Bollywood in which Yash Chopra made films that reached out to every audience, having made blockbusters, he never failed to impress with whatever he made. People are mourning the passing away of the legend.
With tributes pouring in by fans and those associated within the Bollywood industry. Asha Bhosle contributed much to Yash Chopra’s film soundtracks as well as Shahrukh Khan who was one of the actors closest to Yash Chopra, having been the main star for several films, this is what Shahrukh Khan and Asha Bhosle had to say:
Shahrukh Khan – I lost my father again and cried a lot
Asha Bhosle – Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra Bhaisaab has left me. Sad year.
Not only the Bollywood industry has been rocked with the breaking news, the prime minister of India paved his condolences:
Manmohan Singh – An icon of Indian Cinema, he entertained many generations with his rare creativity.
The veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra made many of the hit films that still at present, are very much talked about and have established itself in the list of top Bollywood films. Few of the films were:
– Dhool Ka Phool (1959)
– Kabhi Kabhi (1976)
– Lamhe (1991)
– Veer-Zaara (2004)
– Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
Although Yash Chopra mentioned that ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ would be his last and final production, sadly he did not live to see the response the film would get by the audiences. But despite that he has left this world taking with him his passion and life. He showed his vision through the lens and his stories. Astonishing how one man single handedly can make one fall in love with Bollywood.
Yash Chopra did not take much of the media spotlight and simply let his films do all the talking, which they obviously did as they are seen as masterpieces. He kept his private life to himself as he was happily married, settled, living the dream of bringing Bollywood to us through his production company Yash Raj films. He bagged many awards and honours during his phenominal filmmaking career.
He had been presented with a lifetime membership for his contribution to the films by BAFTA, making him the first Indian to receive the honour in the 59-year history of the academy.