Belfast Telegraph

Monday 26 January 2015

Bollywood pays homage to Chopra

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

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Aquarius:

You exude grace and charm. Don't be surprised when everybody wants to be seen with you. You create an aura of glamour wherever you go. If you're looking for love, you could find it with someone who has recently moved to the area. Offer to show this newcomer all the hotspots. Are you already in a relationship? You and your amour will benefit from a mini-break. Visit a nearby city or village that appeals to you both. You'll enjoy spending quality time together.More