Yash Chopra, 1932 – 2012
Yash Chopra definitely stands tall among the legends of Indian cinema. This great man weaved together some of the greatest talents in the film industry, marvelling us with his stories and characters. He redefined romance and drama in the most entertaining manner. From directing Ashok Kumar to Shah Rukh Khan and Mala Sinha to Anushka Sharma, Yash Chopra created over five-decades of glorious cinematic journey.
Yash Chopra started his career with socially related films like ‘Dhool Ka Phool’, ‘Dharmputra’ and ‘Waqt’. In his 53 year long career, he directed 22 films that included romantic hits such as “Daag”, “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Chandni”, “Silsila” and “Lamhe”. His cross-border films like ‘Veer Zara and Jab Tak Hai Jaan ‘ and new age romance like “Dil Toh Pagal Hai” was a super hit among the Gen Y. His every movie reaped gold at the box office. The legend had an absolute command over his art and craft. The special features about his romantic films were, his lovers were never weak-hearted, men could easily be manly without being violent and women could ooze oomph, charm and sexiness without being vulgar. Chopra’s romances always saw the Swiss Alps & Chiffon Saris. So much was his love for Switzerland that a lake in the Alpenrausch, his favorite shooting spot, has been christened ‘Chopra Lake’.
Today, Bollywood is definitely a big brand abroad, all thanks to Yash Chopra. What Pandit Ravi Shankar did to Indian classical music abroad, Yashji did to Bollywood.
The king of romance married Pamela Singh in the year 1970, and together they had two sons Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra
The epitome of romance passed away on 21 October, 2012, following a multiple organ failure. This news shook the whole nation, especially the Bollywood fraternity.
The Indian prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh said, “He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. His flourish in essaying romance and social drama was unmatched”
Sayd Dilip Kumar, Yashji’s very close pal said, “Shattering, hard to accept. Yash was more than a friend, a brother. I am numb and have no words to express my grief.”