The residents of the city who are in shock due to the sudden demise of Yash Chopra remembered Bollywod's legend director who showcased Punjab to the world through his movies.
The director who gave a new dimension to romantic movies in Bollywood died on Sunday after suffering from dengue.
Chopra wanted to bring India and Pakistan closer through his movies and had tried to showcase India and Pakistan's culture through his movies.
Avtar Singh Dhindsa, a floriculturist who worked with Chopra says, "He was a person with a heart of gold and wanted to show Punjab's culture to the world. He also captured the beautiful locales from around the world for the Indian viewers." Chopra had shot on of his famous movie Veer Zara in Dhindsa's farm at Malerkotla.
Recalling the visit, Dhindsa says that he was a person with commitment and vision as a result he came up with creative ideas. He had personal relations with the star cast working with him in his movies. Shahrukh Khan and Pretty Zinta used to call him uncle.
Dhindsa goes on to add, "He was very grounded and despite his stature and persona he paid attention to everyone's needs."
Another city based industrialist and Yash Chopra's business partner Anil Puri recalls Chopra as a "great soul who always thought for the welfare of the society and never forgot his Punjabi roots."
Former additional advocate general (Punjab) Harpreet Sandhu who worked with Chopra whenever he came to Punjab says, "Yash Chopra wanted free exchange of films between India and Pakistan. He was invited as a special guest at the first Indo-Pak Punjab Games held at Patiala where he held informal talks with the chief minister of Pakistan Punjab Parviaz Elahi to bring the two countries together."
Sandhu also says that Chopra always had a desire to shoot in Pakistan despite being refused permission in 2003 for shooting Veer-Zaara in Pakistan. He goes on to say 'In an year that saw many losses to Bollywood, Yash Raj's demise would leave a void in the film industry.'