To most Bollywood viewers abroad, the name Yash Chopra conjures memories of discovering the world of Indian cinema, its emotions, its romance, its beauty and its music.
The king of Bollywood romance passed away on October 21st following a multiple organ failure after succumbing to a serious strain of dengue fever. The film fraternity, friends and family have come to pay their homage at Studio 3 of Yash Raj studios before cremation took place. Colleagues from the film fraternity present at the studio were Shyam Benegal, Gulzar, Tabu, Shah Rukh Khan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Rishi Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Subhash Ghai and Ashutosh Gowariker among many others.
Chopra had decided to retire from behind the camera with his last film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. The film is said to purposefully include scenes shot in many of Chopra's emblematic and favorite locations, such as the Swiss Alps. Today the film not only symbolizes Yash Chopra's last directorial venture but also his definite farewell to the film industry and to his loved ones.
Beyond the fact that this reporter once had the very brief pleasure of encountering Yash Chopra and his wife Pamela, it is the characteristic fairy tale romance and emotions of his escapist films, as well as the brilliant idea of successfully bringing Madan Mohan's music again to life through the film Veer-Zara, that will stay with me. May his creative soul rest in peace.