Bollywood producer, director and screenwriter Yash Chopra has died on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the age of 80 years. He was was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilawati Hospital on October 13, 2012 due to Dengue, a life threatening disease caused by Dengue virus, usually transmitted by several species of mosquito.
Born on September 27, 1932 Chopra started his movie career as an assistant director to IS Johar and his elder brother BR Chopra and served Bollywood for more than five decades. Yash is considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Hindi movies and was awarded with a number of prestigious film awards. Some of the notable awards include:
- six National Film Awards
- eleven Filmfare awards (including four Filmfare Award for Best Director)
- Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 by the Government of India
- Padma Bhushan Award in 2005 by the Government of India
- BAFTA presented him with a lifetime membership for his contribution to the films (He is the first Indian to receive the honor)
Yash’s directorial debut was a 1959 movie ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ followed by ‘Dharmaputra’ in 1961 were both very successful at that time. Chopra established himself after the 1965 release ‘Waqt’ which was critically and commercially very successful movie.
Yash Chopra founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films, in 1973 and released a very successful movie ‘Daag: A Poem of Love’ in the same year. Yash’s action thriller movie ‘Deewar’, released in 1975, is known to establish superstar Amitabh Bachchan as the "angry young man" in Bollywood. Other highly successful movies of Yash in the seventies include Kabhi Kabhi (1976) and Trishu (1978).
He is well known for successful movies like Trishul, Daag, Silsila, Deewar, Lahme, Chandani, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Aaina and many others. His last movie, ‘Jab Tak Hei Jaan’ is scheduled to be released within a month, in Deepawali. (Photo – wikipedia)