Yash Chopra will be cremated later on today. The filmmaker passed away on Sunday while being hospitalized at the Mumbai Livati.
The Yash Raj Films studio, situated in the Andheri suburbs, will be open for the public from 9 a.m. till noon so people can pay their respects before the cremation, which will take place at 3 p.m. at the Chandan Wadi.
Chopra spent his last weeks at the Lilavati Hospital after being diagnosed with dengue. He died on Sunday, at the age of 80, from multiple organ failure, the hospital spokesperson, Dr Sudhir, told the journalists.
During his 50 years long career, the director worked on over 50 movies and won multiple awards including the National Film Awards and the Filmfare Awards, of which four for Best Director. He was honored by the Indian Government in 2001 and 2005 for his massive contributions to the advancement of Indian cinema.
Chopra was currently working on his latest production, the ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ film which will premiere this Diwali. The director had to abruptly cancel a scheduled trip to Switzerland along side the movie’s lead actors, when he was admitted to Lilavati. The movie will be finished by Chopra’s son, Aditya.
The legend director and film producer was visited at the hospital by several celebrities and officials, including Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu, Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“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,” Singh said.
Fallow film director Madhur Bhandarkar was shocked at the news of Chopra’s death as he was expecting the filmmaker to fully recover and be back to work in the near future.
Actor Vidyut Jamwal considers the loss Chopra’s passing caused for the Bollywood filmography to be extensive and describes the director as the nicest person he ever knew, a true legend and genius.