It’s a known fact that late filmmaker Yash Chopra loved Switzerland and lost no opportunity to celebrate the idyllic beauty of the country in his movies. Co-incidentally, actor Hrithik Roshan was shooting for Krrish 3 in the Swiss Alps on Sunday when the news of Chopra’s death reached him. The actor immediately cancelled the shoot for five days to fly back to Mumbai.
Hrithik, who is very close to Chopra’s younger son Uday, wanted to reach the city as soon as possible to support him. “They are best of friends and so Hrithik took the first available flight out of Zurich at 9 on Monday morning (IST) to be in Mumbai by evening. We don’t know if he would make it for the funeral but he is surely coming to be by Uday’s side,” says an insider.
Last year, the Swiss government had honoured Yash Chopra by naming a train after him. On Sunday, the authorities held a special event in the train in Chopra’s memory. “Hrithik along with his entire family and the film crew, attended his memorial event. They lit candles in front of the train,” adds the source.
Hrithik also cancelled his mother Pinky’s birthday celebrations. “The plan was to celebrate Pinkyji’s birthday in Switzerland with a small private party. In fact, the entire family including Hrithik’s wife Sussanne and sister Sunaina were in Switzerland for the party,” adds the insider.
It’s quite uncanny that the day Yash Chopra passed away (October 21) was also supposed to be his last day at the shoot of Jab Tak Hai Jaan (the filmmaker was to shoot a special song for the film on this day).