Mumbai: Legendary director Yash Chopra, who made India know how to romance, was on Monday laid to rest at the Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai.

Chopra breathed his last at 5.30 pm on Sunday after being diagnosed with dengue.

Chopra was admitted in Lilavati Hospital since October 13 after he was diagnosed with dengue. The 80-year-old director died on Sunday following multi-organ failure.

Several Bollywood celebrities on Monday reached the Yash Raj Studios at suburban Andheri to pay their last respects to iconic filmmaker Yash Chopra, who passed away here following multiple organ failure.

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The filmmaker's body, covered with white flowers has been kept on stage number 3 of the studio since morning for people to come and pay homage. A huge black and white photo of the director is also there with several candles lit around it.

Son Aditya, Uday and actress Rani Mukerji were seen standing in front of the stage with moist eyes, while the family members and those from film fraternity were seen sitting behind.

A string of celebrities were seen entering the studio from both the front and back gates, guarded by policemen and security personnel owing to the large number of fans that have gathered outside.

Among biggies who turned up at the studio include Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Shahid with father Pankaj Kapoor and mother Supriya Pathak, Parineeti Chopra, Sridevi with husband Boney Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Kajol with mother Tanuja and sister Tannisha, Tabu, Kabir Khan with wife Mini, Prem Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Vipul Shah, Abbas Mastan, Ramesh Sippy, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai, Shyam Benegal, Saroj Khan, David Dhawan, Resul Pukkotty, Imran Khan and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, son Ranbir, Randhir Kapoor, Archana Puran Singh and husband Parmeet Sethi, Punit Malhotra and Varun Dhawan were also seen offering tributes to the 'King of Romance'.

Chopra's body was brought on Sunday from Lilavati hospital to his residence in Juhu and then taken to the YRF studio of which he is the founder.

Yash Chopra’s last public appearance

His last public appearance was at Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday bash on October 11 with wife Pamela.

Last night, a host of celebrities including Salman Khan, John Abraham, Manish Malhotra, Priyanka Chopra, Sonu Nigam, Amitabh Bachchan with son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai visited the studio.

Chopra, who gave several memorable films to Indian cinema like 'Waqt', 'Deewar', 'Silsila','Dil Toh Pagal Hai', 'Veer Zaara', announced that he was retiring from direction in a conversation with Shah Rukh on 27 September, his 80th birthday.

The director had said that 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', starring SRK, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, was his last film as a director. The film was slated to release on November 13.

A song from the film was to be shot in Switzerland on a grand level but after Chopra was hospitalised, the trip to Switzerland with the lead actors had to be cancelled.

Chopra also talked about his journey in cinema at the Yash Raj Studios on his birthday.

Born on September 27, 1932 in Lahore, he was the youngest of eight children, one of whom was elder brother B R Chopra who became a director and producer. He came to Mumbai with Rs 200 in his pocket and his mother's blessings to make a mark in films.

Chopra started his journey in the film industry as an assistant to I S Johar and then with his brother. With his brother's production house he made his directorial debut in 1959 with 'Dhool Ka Phool' and directed iconic films like 'Dharamputra', 'Waqt' and 'Ittefaq'.

In 1973, he set up his own production company Yash Raj Films under which he made 'Daag'. Then he went on to make intense and action packed films like 'Deewar', 'Trishul', 'Kaala Patthar', 'Mashaal', 'Vijay'.

A master of reinvention, Chopra changed gears after action hits to make romantic films like 'Chandni', 'Kabhi Kabhi', 'Silsila', 'Dil Toh Paga Hai', and 'Veer Zaara', which earned him the monikar of 'King of Romance' in Bollywood. Chopra will be cremated later in the day at Pawanhans in suburban Juhu.

PM condoles Yash Chopra's death

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the death of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, terming him an icon of Indian cinema who entertained many generations with his rare creativity.

"He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. His flourish in essaying romance and social drama was unmatched," he said in his tribute to Chopra.

According to Manmohan Singh, Chopra established the popularity of Indian cinema internationally and was honoured by many governments.

"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," said the Prime Minister in his condolence message to Chopra's family and the film fraternity.

Yashji’s death a national loss: Sonia

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has "deeply mourned" the demise of legendary film-maker, saying it was a "national loss".

"The demise of Yash Chopra is not only a loss for the film industry but is also a national loss," Gandhi said, according to an AICC release.

"The Congress President has deeply mourned the death of the legendary film-maker Yash Chopra," it said.
Mamata saddened by Yash Chopra's death

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief over the demise of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra.

"I am feeling very sad to know about the sudden demise of Shri Yash Chopra, internationally famous film personality. I used to know him personally," Banerjee said.

"At this moment those thoughts of our meeting and interaction are coming back to my memory," said Banerjee on her Facebook page.

"It is no doubt a great loss to the film world. My heartfelt condolences are with his bereaved family members. May the Almighty give them enough strength to bear this irreparable loss," she wrote.

He never compromised on ethics: Javed Akhtar

Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar, who worked with Yash Chopra as a writer in blockbuster films like "Deewar", "Trishul" and "Kaala Pathar", says the filmmaker never compromised on his ethics.

"The dialogues in his movies itself had literary values. One thing was highly appreciable about him was that in the 1980s, which was called the dark era of cinema...he took the challenge without compromising on his ethics," Akhtar said on Times Now channel.

Javed Akhtar's wife and veteran actress Shabana Azmi also expressed grief over Chopra's sudden demise.

"Yash Chopra will be remembered because he made cinema he believed in. There was never a single indecent word in his movie. He has had such a long innings," she said.

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