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Yash Chopra: Bollywood stars pay tribute to veteran director

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Shah Rukh Khan speaks to the media following the Wankhede Stadium controversy - May 17, 2012

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Bollywood's biggest stars have been paying their tributes to Yash Chopra, who died yesterday (October 21).

Chopra was admitted to Lilavati hospital in suburban Bandra on October 13 after being diagnosed with dengue. He died at 5.30pm on Sunday.

Shah Rukh Khan, who worked with the director on several films including the forthcoming Jab Tak Hai Jaan, said on Twitter: "Whenever my loved ones depart, I feel a part of me extinguishes itself with them. Will there come a day that I will no longer have a bit of myself to let go of? And then the thought follows ... that every time they have taken some of me with them onto their last journey, I have found a fragment of them left inside me too.

"I will always have some love to give and I will always be both emptied and replenished by the loved ones I lose. I keep u with me Yashji and I miss u too Yashji ... lots."

Yash Chopra
Chopra marked his 80th birthday with a live video chat with Shah Rukh Khan just three weeks ago, in which he talked about his life and career in films.

Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with Chopra on Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie and Silsila, wrote about his longtime association with the director in a personal tribute on his blog.

"An association of 44 years abruptly comes to an end. He went away too soon and too suddenly. He deserved to be with us longer. Yash Chopra, a friend first, a creative legend later, has passed away this evening in the late hours ... Yash ji, your contribution to the millions that had the privilege to witness your creativity shall be immortal ... may we all savour it till our end."

According to PTI, the veteran filmmaker's body was adorned with white flowers and briefly interred today at Yash Raj studios, where members of the film fraternity came to pay their respects.

Chopra's sons Aditya and Uday stood at the front of the stage along with actress Rani Mukerji, while other family members and friends were seated behind.

Sonu Nigam
Among the personalities offering their tributes were the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Salman Khan, John Abraham, designer Manish Malhotra, Priyanka Chopra, directors Ashutosh Gowariker, Abbas-Mastan, Subhash Ghai and David Dhawan, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor with son Ranbir, and Sonu Nigam.

Speaking on Twitter, Nigam wrote: "Just heading back home after having Yashji's Darshans. No words of wisdom or philosophy can suffice 4 d feeling."

A close friend of Chopra, singer Lata Mangeshkar, reportedly sang the emotional song 'Tere Liye Hum Bhi Jiye' in honour of Chopra.

Amitabh Bachchan also attended with son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Chopra's last public appearance was at Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday bash on October 11, when he attended with his wife Pamela.

The veteran director died weeks before the release of his final film Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Watch a trailer for the film below:

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