Yash Chopra, The 'King of Romance' Passes Away
Mumbai: Bollywood today mourned the death of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra, hailing him as one of the giants of Indian cinema and a poet of "evergreen love."
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who acted in Chopra's 'Mashaal' (1984), tweeted, "Shattering, hard to accept. Yash was more than a friend, a brother. I am numb and have no words to express my grief."
Singer Lata Mangeshkar remembered him as a brother with jovial personality and good heart.
"Yash Chopra was like a brother to me. His filmmaking had a unique style and musically they used to be a hit. His music never used to fade. He had a jovial personality and a good person at heart. I spoke last on his birthday and after that he fell ill. I thought he will be alright," Lata said.
"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," posted actress Madhuri Dixit.
"Yash Uncle we will miss you. May god give peace to your soul. RIP," tweeted Preity Zinta, who worked with Chopra in 'Veer-Zara'.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said, "Post independence, Yash Chopra's contribution to Indian cinema has been immmense. In his last project 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' he gave his everything. He was a very active man."
Shabana Azmi said, "Yashji! How could you just go? On your 80th birthday we wished for you to make 80 more films... it's heartbreaking.
"My heart goes out for his sons Adi (Aditya) and Uday. Anything that we say is so trite and inconsequential to the body of work he has done," she added.
"I'm in shock and numb, can't believe the news, the man who immortalised love, Mr Yash Chopra is no more. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family," tweeted actor Akshay Kumar.
"Yash Chopra passes away... Just now an hour ago," tweeted Amitabh Bachchan.
"The legendary romantic, the poet of evergreen love, the magician who created the greatest love stories... RIP Yash uncle... you will be missed!," tweeted Vivek Oberoi.
Actress Sridevi, who worked with Chopra in 'Chandni' and 'Lamhe', tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the shocking news of Yashji passing away, he was full of warmth and affection whenever we met, he will be missed forever."
Veteran singer Asha Bhosle, whose daughter Varsha passed away earlier this month, tweeted, "Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra Bhaisaab has left me. Sad year."
"My mornings will never be the same. My learnings of life will never be the same. LOVE never be the same. And cinema will NEVER be the Same. Yash ji was my anchor, my quiet strength & my father figure in Mumbai. Never realised when our relationship shifted from films to family," said Anupam Kher.
Farhan Akhtar said, "Today I understand the phrase 'The end of an era'. RIP Yash uncle."
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said, "Yash Ji passed away before his last film came to the theatres.. Not done."
Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, "Jab tak tha yash tab tak tha cinema (Till the time Yash was there, cinema was too)."
"The man who taught the country how to fall in love passes away - you will always be with us through our work - King of Romance - RIP YASHJI," Riteish Deshmukh.
Prakash Jha said, "An institution has passed away today. He is an important chapter to the history of Indian cinema. Ironically he said two days ago that 'Jab Tak hai Jaan' is my last project. I am all numbed."
Actress Bipasha Basu said, "We lost the iconic, inspiring and always smiling Yash Chopra today. Saddened and shocked by this news.He will be missed forever. RIP Yash Uncle."
"I'm shocked and saddened by the loss of Hindi Cinema's legend - Yash ji. Romance in cinema will always be incomplete without you. RIP," said Madhur Bhandarkar.
Director Anurag Basu tweeted, "Yash Chopra - Human relations will never be the same on Indian screen... the way he potrayed, nobody did, nobody could... suppose nobody ever will."
"Saddened and numbed! Oh Yash Uncle... we will miss you," said Boman Irani.
R Madhavan said, "RIP Yash Ji. Romance and Love shall forever miss you. Farewell and may the heavens above learn Love from you."
Actress Shilpa Shetty said, "Just heard the tragic news of Yash uncle passing away. The epitome of Romance a great man... will miss him dearly."