India mourns Bollywood's 'king of romance' Yash Chopra

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 11:18am

Tributes poured in yesterday for the popular Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra, dubbed Bollywood's "king of romance", who died in Mumbai aged 80 after suffering from dengue fever.

Newspapers and TV channels dedicated coverage to the Hindi cinema legend, who made his name over several decades of directing, producing and screen-writing.

The Mumbai Mirror and MiD DAY tabloids published full front-page tributes to Chopra, who died on Sunday, while the Indian Express remembered "The Maker of Dreams", describing him as "one of Bollywood's most successful enterprises".

Some of the industry's biggest names took to Twitter to remember Chopra, including superstar actor Amitabh Bachchan, who recently turned 70.

"Yash Chopra - 44 years of association ... of creativity, friendship, fun and family ties," wrote Bachchan, who starred in some of Chopra's biggest hits including Deewar (The Wall), Kabhi Kabhie (Sometimes) and Silsila.

Singer Asha Bhosle, whose daughter committed suicide this month, said: "Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra ... has left me."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as "an icon of Indian cinema" who would be remembered by millions.

He was cremated yesterday.