Yash Chopra death raises concerns over dengue in India

Yash Chopra death raises concerns over dengue in India

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After the death of the veteran Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra, authorities in the city of Mumbai have called for a probe as to whether the filmmaker had actually died of dengue fever or of other causes. Chopra, who was 80 years old, passed way on October 21, 2012 in Lilavati hospital.

The filmmaker’s death is being reviewed by senior officials of the city’s municipal corporation to ascertain the exact cause of death. The authorities have been ordered to check the records of Lilavati hospital, which is located in the Bandra area of Mumbai, where the filmmaker was admitted on October 13, 2012. Health officials said that the month of October has been the worst month for the spread of the dengue virus. The Indian health minister Ghulam Nabi recently said that every death caused by dengue must be probed.

The funeral was attended by Bollywood stars such as Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. The body of the veteran filmmaker was kept for public viewing in a studio at the production house which was established by him in the 1970’s. In his lifetime, Chopra had created some of the greatest romantic hits of the Indian Film Industry such as ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge’, ‘Chandni’ and ‘Veer Zaara’.

The veteran director had celebrated his birthday last month, and in an interview had said that his upcoming movie ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ will be his last film in terms of direction.