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Yash Chopra deserved to be with us longer: Amitabh

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says a lot of personal memories went through his mind as he sat besides the body of late Yash Chopra at the Yash Raj Studios here. The filmmaker deserved to stay longer with the Bollywood fraternity, he says.

‘An association of 44 years abruptly comes to an end. He went away too soon and too suddenly. He deserved to be with us longer. Yash Chopra, a friend first, a creative legend later, has passed away this [Sunday] evening in the late hours,’ Amitabh wrote on his blog srbachchan.com.

‘As I sit beside his still and flower-decked body in his studio within the portals of the large common patio, there does not pass a moment when all that we shared flashes by. This colossal studio that he built after years of hard work and labour, shall for the next day, house his last physical remain. I doubt if he had ever dreamt that this unique and most distinguished facility would find space to accommodate him in the state that we see him today,’ he added.

Amitabh, who worked with Chopra in films like Kabhi Kabhie, Silsila and Trishul, recalled that he last met the filmmaker on his own 70th birthday celebrations.

‘I last saw him on my birthday celebrations. He was indisposed and the doctors advised him rest, but he was insistent on coming over. He had made a commitment he said,’ wrote Amitabh.

Chopra passed away after he was diagnosed as having dengue.
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