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Bollywood legend Yash Chopra has died

"He was an institution in the Hindi film industry, a guru for filmmakers like me," says director Subash Ghai of his late colleague.

Bollywood director and producer Yash Chopra is dead. At the age of eighty he succumbed to dengue fever in a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday.

Only in this year he had finished his last film "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (Eng. "As long as I live") - with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan (46) in one of the leading roles. A month ago the director announced that he would retire afterwards.

But Chopra could no longer enjoy his retirement.

The virus disease dengue fever, which is transmitted in tropical areas like India by a mosquito bite, led the filmmaker to multiple organ failure and thus to death, as a hospital spokesman confirmed to the "Times of India".

Chopra made over 50 films in his career, which lasted over half a century! Including some of the greatest Bollywood film classics, such as "Kabhi Kabhie" (Eng. Sometimes), "Chandni" (Eng. Moonlight) and "Lamhe" (Ger. Moments).

Indian screen stars like Shah Rukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan (70) owe their careers to the old master. He built it up with his films.

Chopra began his own career as an assistant director in the film productions of his older brother B.R. Chopra. At the age of 27 he made his own films, with which he won numerous prizes - including eleven of the coveted Indian "Filmfare Awards"! In 1973 he founded his own production company with Yash Raj Films.

Like so many Indian directors, Chopra shot many of his films in Switzerland - because of the picturesque setting. After all, the Swiss even named a mountain lake after him: Lake Chopra.

Yash Chopra was also a guest in Berlin once, as a jury member at the Berlinale 2006.

Chopra's last film "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" is due to hit the cinemas in India in November - a fixed date for all fans of the film legend.