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Never before, never again

Bollywood’s big guys pay their tributes to filmmaker Yash Chopra who passed away on Sunday; his leading ladies say there can be no one quite like him.

bollywood Updated: Oct 23, 2012 01:19 IST

Bollywood’s big guys pay their tributes to filmmaker Yash Chopra who passed away on Sunday; his leading ladies say there can be no one quite like him.

I keep you with me: SRK
Actor Shah Rukh Khan was one of the first to reach Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, where the filmmaker expired. Early Monday morning, he tweeted, “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 ... lots (sic).”

‘I owe my career to Yashji’
Actors Poonam Dhillon and Juhi Chawla, who shot to fame after getting a break in Yash Chopra movies, are all salutes to the veteran.

“I attribute my career that changed my life to Yashji. I still cannot believe that he won’t be around. We met over dinner just few days before he was hospitalised. Few friends of Yashji, his wife Pam aunty, and I went to see a movie and then we went out for dinner. I vividly remember how Yashji literally convinced me to do my debut film Trishul. I was in class 10th and had just won the Miss India title. In my initial years, I used to stay in Yashji’s house. I never felt any kind of negative vibe from the industry unlike other newcomers who have horrible things to say,” says Dhillon.

Juhi Chawla also shares similar feelings. “Darr (1993) was the biggest thing that happened to me. I had never dreamt that I would be a Yash Raj film heroine. He was the only one who gave his heroines an equal platform vis-à-vis heroes.”