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Friday 22 August 2014

Bollywood pays homage to Chopra

Anushka Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif star in Yash Chopra's final film

Bollywood stars turned out in strength for a final homage to Indian movie mogul Yash Chopra at the premiere of his last film.

Led by Hindi cinema's megastar Amitabh Bachchan, top stars attended the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan (As Long As I Am Alive).

Chopra was known as the "King of Romance" for creating classic love stories which were immensely popular. He died last month, days after finishing the film.

Bachchan, who acted in several of Chopra's blockbusters, said the entire industry was celebrating the film.

"I think Yash Chopra would have liked it. Despite his death, the whole industry is celebrating his movie, and I am very anxious to see it," he said.

Chopra's wife Pamela said the premiere was their way of celebrating his illustrious life rather than mourning his absence.

The film stars Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in a love triangle with two leading ladies, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. The story of the film has not been made public, though promotional clips show Khan as both a musician and an army officer.

Last night's red-carpet event in India's entertainment capital, Mumbai, was attended by Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and several Bollywood actresses from Chopra's earlier movies, including Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi and Priety Zinta.

The opening date coincided with the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, and the timing was not without controversy.

Film producers consider a Diwali premiere date to be lucky, but it meant the movie ran into the release of yet another potential box-office blockbuster, Ajay Devgn's Son Of Sardar.

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