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Yash Chopra

He was the most outstanding actor from theatre and stage, and has given wonderful, unforgettable performances.

Apart from acting, he was a devoted, dedicated and focused human being.

I have known him for more than 30 years, before he joined films. We had a great rapport. The last time I met him was on Diwali, when he came to wish me. He was in good health. It (his death) happened so suddenly! I pray to God that his soul may rest in peace, and give strength to his family to bear this loss.

I saw him in a play; I think it was Hai Watan. After his performance, I went backstage to meet him. From then, on a wonderful friendship transpired. He would call me for each play, and I would go watch it. That's how our friendship grew.

After he joined films, I made Mashaal with him. It was our first film together and he had a very powerful role.

Amrish Puri was a very meticulous actor and wouldn't do anything lightheartedly. He examined all the minute facets of his character, so that he would know how exactly to perform.

He was a very disciplined actor, and never came late on the sets. He was cautious about his meals; he carried his own food and had light food.

It is a great loss to the industry and to me. He was a part of my family.

In the picture: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amrish Puri in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Inset: Yash Chopra

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