Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joined thousands of his countrymen, including luminaries from all walks of life as India mourned the death of veteran Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra.
Chopra, 80, passed away at a Mumbai hospital on Sunday evening after spending a week in hospital coping with dengue fever.
Describing Chopra as an ‘Icon of Indian Cinema’ who entertained many generations with his rare creativity, the prime minister in his message credited the film-maker with establishing the popularity of Indian cinema internationally.
“He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. His flourish to essay romance and social drama was unmatched. He established the popularity of Indian cinema internationally and was honoured by many governments,” Singh said.
“He will be remembered by millions of his fans around the world and his work as a director and producer will be treasured by the nation for many more generations,” he added also sending his condolences to the bereaved family.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni also expressed her condolences, saying, “Today, Indian cinema has lost one of its iconic personalities and a creative genius.”
“Through films, Yashji connected generations together. His idea of portraying love as the essence of life and relationships will fondly be remembered by all movie lovers. His death is a void which will be difficult to fill,” Soni said.
Longtime friend and a part of almost all Yash Chopra movies, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar condolence the death of Chopra, saying “He meant a world to me.”
“We were like a family… We were brother and sister. His wife also treats me like a sister… everybody in the family respects me so much. I have suffered a huge loss today,” Mangeshkar said, speaking to TV news channels.
“He has innumerable memorable songs… I am so shocked at this moment that I can’t even think of any other thing… But I want to dedicate one song to my dearest friend which was also close to his heart, Tere Liye Hum Bhi Jiye from VEER ZAARA,” she said.
Celebrities also took to Twitter to pay their tribute to the legendary filmmaker.
Akshay Kumar said, “I’m in shock and numb, can’t believe the news, the man who immortalized love, Mr. Yash Chopra is no more, May his soul rest in peace, my deepest condolences to the family.”
Madhuri Dixit-Nene tweeted: “Just got the news that Yashji passed on. He was one of the giants of cinema. My deepest condolences to his family. We will all miss him.”
Amitabh Bachchan wrote: “Yash Chopra passes away…Just now a hour ago…”
Shilpa Shetty said, “Just heard the tragic news of Yash uncle passing away. The epitome of Romance a great man…will miss him dearly. R.I.P Yash Uncle.”
Manoj Bajpayee wrote: “Yash ji is no more with us in this world. Numbed to hear this just when I arrive in mumbai. What a loss! May you rest in peace yash ji.”
Sophie Choudry tweeted: “In absolute shock to hear about Yashji! The King of Romance, he made us all fall in love with the magic of movies. May his soul R.I.P. Prayers.”
Soha Ali Khan said, “Shocked and saddened by the death of yash ji. My heart goes out to his family – he touched so many lives both personally and through cinema.”
Shruti Haasan said, “R.I.P yashji thankyou for the magic.”
Mandira Bedi wrote, “Very sad to hear about Yashji. He was such an affectionate and kind person… So big hearted and forever smiling. RIP, the King of Romance.”
Gul Panag posted, “Yash Chopra ;( #legend”
Ameesha Patel wrote: “I just can’t believe that the king of romance yash chopra just passed away… shocking n immensely painful news.”
Ayushmann Khurrana tweeted, “RIP Yash ji. The real heartbeat of Indian cinema halts this day. Thank you sir for filling the romantic void on the celluloid. #immortal.”
Ayesha Takia Azmi said, “RIP Yash Chopra ji.”
Sushmita Sen wrote, “Mr. Yash Chopra..a legend of love and love stories passes away 🙁 my condolences to all his loved ones. Deeply saddened. Rest in Peace Sir..”
Vishal Dadlani wrote: “Yash Chopra saab was a living legend in the truest sense of the word, and yet, such a cool guy! Was an honour to have met you, Sir. RIP.”
Boman Irani posted, “If you asked him for a favor, he would be the one following it up. Then when you thanked him, he would fend it off with a joke..everytime!!!”
Neil Nitin Mukesh said, “My first director 🙁 remember the way he pampered me as a child in VIJAY. Worked for him. I love him truly. An inspiration FOREVER ! 🙁 :(”
Sonam Kapoor tweeted, “Rip yashji. #jabtakhaijaan.”
Chopra had been admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital last Saturday and media reports last Wednesday had said his health had improved.
The veteran filmmaker Chopra last month had announced his retirement from film direction.
Indian film-buffs are eagerly waiting to see 80-year-old Chopra’s latest directorial venture JAB TAK HAI JAAN.