Bollywood celebrities, directors and hundreds of fans gathered at Chopra’s house in south Mumbai on Sunday to pay their condolences before a funeral was held yesterday.
Amitabh Bachchan posted a remembrance to his “friend first, a creative legend later” on his blog and recalled his 44-year association with Chopra. “All that shall remain will be that which he gave life to – his creativity, his emotion, his poetry on film and, above all, his humanity,” he wrote. The prime minister Manmohan Singh paid tribute to the late director, describing him as “an icon of Indian cinema”.
“He entertained many generations with his rare creativity,” Singh said. “He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. His flourish to essay romance and social drama was unmatched.”