To the world, Yash Chopra was known as the ‘King of Romance’ — the chiffon sari-clad actresses and the fascinating scenery of Switzerland are something most movie goers cannot forget.
He was on the wishlist of every actress. The man who made memorable love stories like Daag, Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila, Chandini, Dil To Paagal Hai, and Veer Zaara is fondly remembered by Sandalwood actresses as well. Metrolife talks to leading actresses in the industry to find out what they admired about the film-maker.
They describe him as someone who was synonymous with romance. Many of them have grown up watching his films and even wished they could have portrayed the roles of Simran of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge or the lead actress in Chandini or even the dreamy-eyed Pooja in Dil To Paagal Hai.
“I am a true romantic at heart and Yash Chopra movies played a huge role in building that ideal ‘romance’ in my mind. Having grown up watching most of his movies, I can never forget how he celebrated love. With each movie, he managed to take one into this fantasy world where everything is perfect and rosy. Though real life is very different, watching his movies one would want to believe that it was like this. If I would want to play any one of his roles then it would have to be Madhuri’s in Dil To Paagal Hai — or even Kajol’s in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.”
“It is really disheartening to know that such an amazing film-maker is no more. The way he projected his heroines on screen was brilliant and I feel that directly or indirectly, many Southern movies have been inspired by him. I don’t know which heroine would not want to work in one of his movies, it would be a blessing. Though it is difficult to choose one favourite movie, for me it would have to be Dil To Paagal Hai and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.”
“I don’t think there is a single person who hasn’t watched a Yash Chopra movie. I have enjoyed every movie that has come out of Yash Raj production house — particulary Lamhe, Darr and even Veer Zara. He really makes you fall in love with each one of the characters and unconsciously, makes you fall in love with the emotion itself.”
As told to Megha Shenoy