In the passing of filmmaker Yash Chopra, Hindi filmdom has lost an icon and a legend. The engineer turned filmmaker whose Jab Tak Hai Jaan is set to hit the theatres on Diwali, gave to the world gems such as Lamhe, Trishul, Chandni, Silsila, Dil to Paghal Hai, Kabhi Kabhie and Veer Zaara, among others. Hindi filmdom, alas, will be the poorer in his absence!
N.J. Ravi Chander,
Right from Waqt in 1965, Yash Chopra established himself as a filmmaker who could appeal to the masses as well as the classes. His movies were well crafted, well scripted, well enacted and accompanied by melodious music. Take away Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt, and Yash Chopra is the best mainstream Hindi filmmaker we have had.
For me, a Yash Chopra film was synonymous with Shah Rukh Khan, of whom I was a diehard fan. My grandmother used to take me to all his movies. It was only after I grew out of my childhood that I realised Yash Chopra was the man who gave Amitabh Bachchan the image of an angry young man. He made bold films even in the 1950s. Even his love stories, set in foreign locales, laden with extravagance, had at their core, the boldness for which he stood.
We have lost not only an exceptional director but also an inspiring producer who encouraged many newcomers.
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