Bollywood veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra passes away

  • Legendary Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra died on Sunday from dengue fever in Mumbai at the age of 80.

    In a career spanning over five decades, Chopra, known as the King of Romance, produced some of Bollywood biggest blockbusters.

    His film studios Yash Raj Films, helped launch some of Indian cinema's biggest stars, including Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

    In a tribute, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Chopra as an "icon of Indian cinema".

    Chopra died in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital. He was also suffering kidney ailments, according to Dr Prakash Jiyavani.

    Yash Chopra started his career working for his brother before going on to set up Yash Raj Films. He produced more than 40 movies, 12 of which he directed.

    Chopra produced hits such as Deewar (Wall), Dil To Pagal Hai (Heart Is Mad) and Chandni (Moonlight).