MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA OCTOBER 23, 2012 11.59 P.M.
Yash Chopra , the eternal romantic died on October 21 , 2012 . He was 80 years young at the time of his death .
On Sunday night , I was sitting in my study and was writing blog about Karan Johar’s film ” Student Of The Year “ , I suddenly checked my twitter handle and was shocked beyond words . There were spate of tweets about the demise of legendary film maker Yash Raj Chopra .
Within moments several posters of his films , many scenes of his all – time classics rushed to the firmament of my memory lane . Though unaware of his greatness then , first Yash Chopra film , which I watched was ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] . I watched it in Amarjyoti Talkies , Deoria . During my years in Allahabad , I watched many of his films and became aware of his greatness . This ” Silsila ” [ 1981 ] continued till ” Veer Zaara ” [ 2004 ] .
I have nothing new to say about Yash Chopra . Everything is there in news papers . What I would like to say is , I had honour and privilege to meet Yash ji , as he is fondly called, several times .
I was called by Aditya Chopra to train 6 new – comers of ” Mohabbatein ” [ 2000 ] . One day when I finished class with Jimmy Sheirgill , Uday Chopra , Jugal Hansraj , Shamita Shetty , Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma and came out of the room , I saw Yash ji sitting there in the outer room . I rushed to greet him . He fondly shook hand with me and said , ” I am hearing great things about you .” I was overwhelmed . ” Mohabbatein “ was my first big film . And Yash Raj Films was my first big banner , I was sure that after the release of this film I would be able to come out of my obscurity . And here was a legend complimenting me about my training , I felt ecstatic .
It was not a compliment by some wannabe . It was from The Legend himself . To understand my feelings and elated state after Yash ji’s compliment just look at his credentials .
FILMS AS DIRECTOR :
” Dhool Ka Phool ” [ 1959 ] , ” Dharmputra ” [ 1961 ] , ” Waqt ” [ 1965 ] , ” Aadmi Aur Insaan ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ittefaq ” [ 1969 ] , ” Daag ” [ 1973 ] , ” Joshila ” [ 1973 ] , ” Deewar ” [ 1975 ] , ” Kabhi Kabhie ” [ 1976 ] , ” Trishul ” [ 1978 ] , ” Kaala Patthar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Silsila “[ 1981 ] , ” Mashaal ” [ 1984 ] , ” Faasle ” [ 1985 ] , ” Vijay ” [ 1988 ] , ” Chandni ” [ 1989 ] , ” Lamhe ” [ 1991 ] , ” Parampara ” [ 1992 ] , ” Darr ” [ 1993 ] , ” Dil To Pagal Hai ” [ 1997 ] , ” Veer – Zaara ” [ 2004 ] and ” Jab Tak Hai Jaan ” [ 2012 ] .
FILMFARE AWARDS :
1965 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Waqt “
1969 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Ittefaq “
1973 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Daag “
1975 , Filmfare Best Director Award , ” Deewar “
1991 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Lamhe “
1975 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge “
1997 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “
2004 , Filmfare Best Movie Award , ” Veer – Zaara “
2006 , Filmfare Power Award
2007 , Filmfare Power Award
2008 , Filmfare Power Award
1998 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Dil To Pagal Hai “
2005 , Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment , ” Veer – Zaara “
AWARDS & HONOURS :
2001 , Dadasaheb Phalke Award
2005 , Padma Bhushan
FILMS AS PRODUCER :
When I was working with Uday Chopra as his private tutor , I used to go to Yash ji’s iconic bungalow in Juhu . I bumped into him several times . He was always gracious , always kind . Though he was a legend and I was not even a spec in the scheme of universe .
Once , years later , I went to meet Uday Chopra at Yash Raj Studio . I came out of his office after meeting him and approached the lift . Yash ji was standing there . Door of lift opened . Yash ji went in . I hesitated to enter and was standing still in front of the door . To my utter surprise Yash ji told me to come in . I went in and was almost numb that I am standing so close to him . I am sharing the space with him . Any other person of his stature would have ignored a non – entity like me . But Yash ji , in spite of being a legend , was kind enough to gesture me to come in . I will never forget that moment .
I am honoured that I got an opportunity to work with his banner . It was an experience to remember . Today as I am writing this blog , I remember several fond memories of the legend , who was so kind , ever smiling and always benevolent .
Apart from Mr. Dev Anand , Mr. Yash Raj Chopra is the most important factor in my life . He , along with Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra , helped an obscure Acting Trainer and thus made me what I am today .Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , as an Acting Institute and Acting Trainer Vidur , as a person owe their existence to Yash ji and his Yash Raj Films .
Thank you sir ! I will always be grateful to you because you never made me feel small in your presence . I always got love from you , though I deserved none . You were always condescending , though I was not worthy of anything . You were always kind , though I was just a pigmy in front of a titan like you .
Rest in peace sir !
[ List of his films have been taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
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- Neela Aasman So Gaya- A Humble Tribute to Yash Chopra (madaboutmoviez.com)
- Yash Chopra no more (thehindu.com)
- Yash Chopra (1932-2012): I think I’ve had enough (ibnlive.in.com)
- Yash Chopra: The maverick director’s 10 best films (ibnlive.in.com)
- Bollywood pays tribute to “king of romance” (dawn.com)
- #Yash Chopra: Such legends come Kabhi Kabhie #RIP (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- Yash Chopra dies at 80 (movies.ndtv.com)
- Bollywood mogul Yash Chopra dies aged 80 (telegraph.co.uk)
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