Mumbai, Nov 13: Filmmaker and director Ravi Chopra, son of another famous director late BR Chopra, passed away on Wednesday at around 3:30 pm at MUmbai's Breach Candy Hospital. A source close to his family said,"He passed away today at around 3:30 pm. His funeral most probably will take place tomorrow at around 11." He was reported to have been suffering from severe lung ailment since the last few years.
He was first diagnosed with a severe lung ailment on Oct 23, 2012 and was discharged from the hospital after a week. He was in for Lung Cancer and is getting his treatment at CMC Vellore.
He is survived by his wife and three children. He was the director of 'Baghban', 'The Burning Train' Aaj Ki Awaz' and 'Baabul' among others. Some of the other popular, including children's films he has been directing include 'Zameer', 'Mazdoor', 'Dahleez', 'Bhoothnath' and 'Bhoothnath Returns'. He is also known for directing his epic on TV-Mahabharat.
Born on 27th September 1926, he belongs to a family of legendary directors, which include Yash Chopra (his uncle) and Aditya and Uday Chopra (his cousins).
Film stars and fans mourn his death on Twitter and Facebook. Singer Sonu Nigam, for instance said,"Saddened 2 learn of Shri Ravi Chopra's demise. Always found him to b a robust man etrmly humble. Suffered a lot though. God bless his soul."
Choreographer Farah Khan said:
One of the nicest, kindest n big hearted soul in the film industry passed away today..Ravi Chopra.. May you rest in peace— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) November 12, 2014
Sports personality turned politician Rajyavardhan Rathore, Smriti Irani paid their condolences to the film maestro:
Saddened to hear the demise of filmmaker Ravi Chopra. My condolences to the family. #RIP.— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 12, 2014
Kunal Kohli, Mashur Bhandarkar too paid tributes:
Just heard about the sad demise of Ravi Chopra. Was blessed to work with him. A lovely soul. My condolences to his loved ones.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 12, 2014
Saddened to hear about demise of Ravi Chopra-ji. Apart from being a fine filmmaker, he was also a very nice human being. Rest in Peace, Sir.— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) November 12, 2014
RIP Ravi Chopra.Saddened to hear about his passing away. Thoughts & wishes with the family.— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) November 12, 2014
Just heard that Mr. Ravi Chopra of BR Films has passed on. Truly tragic. One of the most gracious gentlemen I've worked with. RIP.— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) November 12, 2014
RIP Ravi Chopra the great film-maker !!— Jeet Gannguli (@jeetmusic) November 12, 2014