Bollywood movie mogul Yash Chopra died of multi-organ failure today a week after being hospitalized with dengue fever, the Hindustan Times reported. He celebrated his 80th birthday September 17. Working primarily in Hindi cinema, Chopra began his five-decade career as an assistant director to I.S. Johar and his elder brother, B.R. Chopra. He made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy. For his classic love films he became known as the ‘King Of Romance’, but he also made blockbuster action dramas. Other movies included Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila, Trishal and Deewar. His yet-to-be-released Jab Tak Hai Jaan was his final film as a director, Chopra said during his birthday celebrations. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Chopra as an “icon of Indian cinema” who entertained generations.
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