The Doha Tribeca Film Festival will honour late Yash Chopra with a special tribute. Widely acclaimed as a director who filled his canvas with love and romance, Chopra will have his last movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan screened at the Festival’s fourth and expanded edition, running from November 17 to 24.
The Yash Chopra-romance, which stars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma and is set in London and Kashmir, will be shown on November 20, and so will the helmer’s 1995 blockbuster, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, which also has Khan playing the lead.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be Khan’s first cinematic outing with Kaif. The film, which marked Chopra’s return to the director’s chair after an eight-year hiatus, remained unfinished. The last song, which was to be picturised in Switzerland with Chopra in attendance, could not be filmed, as the 80-year-old filmmaker died just before that from complications arising out of dengue.
Set to music by AR Rahman, Jab Tak Hai Jan is a vintage romance with searing emotions and captivating choreography – all typical of Chopra’s cinema.
An array of Indian talent will be seen this year at Doha – something the Festival had hoped for even last year, but intervening Diwali celebrations kept most of India’s movie fraternity at home.
This year, Anupam Kher will be present with his work, David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, which will be part of Special Screenings.
Several discussions have also been planned during the eight-day Festival. Mira Nair will talk about her latest creation, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which opened Venice in August, and which will also herald Doha.
Director Ashutosh Gowariker (Lagaan, Jodha Akbar) will be part of a seminar on Going Global: Can Bollywood Films Really Crossover? Some of the other panellists will be director Shimit Amin (Chak De! India, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year) and Kher.
The Festival will screen 87 movies from all over the world, with strong sections on Arab and Qatari cinema.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the Doha Tribeca Film Festival for the second year)