My mother (Sharmila Tagore) was always fond of Yashji (Yash Chopra). I believe he was her escort during the premiere of Aradhana (1969) or some other film around the same time when she was pregnant with me.
When I met Yashji for the first time, I was already in a lot of trouble in the film industry. I had got myself thrown out of my first film. I was also married to Amrita Singh then, so no one actually wanted to sign me up as they were concerned what my future in the film industry would be like. It was Yashji, who, displaying the same maverick streak that made him a unique filmmaker, showed his kindheartedness by signing me as one of the leads in Parampara (1993). That’s when we actually started interacting.
The first-ever screen test I gave in my film career was for Yashji and Adi (Aditya Chopra). In fact, I have spent more time in their offices and home than anywhere else in the industry. Yashji always had the time to talk to me and the kind of advice he would give was mind-blowing. If I have ever looked at someone as a father figure, it is Yashji.
He was one of filmmaking’s old school leaders, who was loved by everyone in the unit — right from the spotboy and the cook to the big stars. The bond that the unit shared while working on Yashji’s film doesn’t exist in today’s time. So when we say goodbye to him, we also bid adieu to that school of filmmaking. In the true sense, Yashji was one of the most loved people in the industry because of his sheer humility.
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan
Not many know that Yashji and I also worked together in Yeh Dillagi (1994), of which he was the producer. Later on, Hum Tum (2004), a Yash Raj Films production, was my first film as the sole male lead which got me the National Award. Looking back, I can confidently state that my career has been formed and is completely owed to Yash Raj Films and to Yashji.
— As told to Prashant Singh
Saif to work with Sajid next year
Even before Sajid Khan wraps up the Ajay Devgn-starrer Himmatwala, we can confirm that the director is set to work with Saif Ali Khan in his next venture, produced by Vashu Bhagnani.
“The film is an action-romantic comedy and will go on the floors by June-July after Himmatwala releases in March,” says an insider close to the project. Although Sajid refused to comment on it, insiders suggest that Saif will be doing a never-seen-before role in the film.
“Vashuji is already working with Sajid on Himmatwala and he is very happy with the way Sajid approaches his work,” adds the insider. We also hear that the film has already been sold to Fox Star Studios, even before it hits the floors.
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Celebs visit Yash Chopra one last time
As legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra breathed his last, Bollywood stars visited the King of Romance for the last time. Take a look. PIC INSIDE
I owe my career to Yash Chopra: Poonam Dhillon
It’s a difficult time for me. Someone very important in my life is no more. Yashji was family to me, my second family. I attribute my career — that changed my life — to Yashji. I still cannot believe that he won’t be around. We met over dinner just few days before he was hospitalised. A few friends of Yashji, his wife Pam aunty and I went to see a movie and then we went out for dinner. INTERVIEW INSIDE
Nothing had prepared me for Yash Chopra's death: Lata
Singer Lata Mangeshkar
They had a 53-year-old association and therefore the news of Yash Chopra's death was like a bolt from the blue for singing legend Lata Mangeshkar. Yash Chopra died Sunday after multi-organ failure. SINGER SPEAKS
Saif-Kareena reach Yash Chopra’s bungalow after cremation
Newlyweds Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan reached late at Yash Chopra Bungalow after the cremation over in Mumbai. The couple were supposed to get back to work post the wedding extravaganza. VIDEO INSIDE
Family, film fraternity bid final adieu to Yash Chopra
Yash Chopra was cremated in the presence of teary-eyed friends, family and fans, who came in hordes to pay their last respects to the master filmmaker, who died of multi-organ failure. READ MORE
Bollywood bigwigs turn up to pay homage to Yash Chopra
Several Bollywood bigwigs, including superstars such as Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan turned up to pay their last respects to veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, known as the country’s king of celluloid romance. Chopra died at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital. He was 80 years old. MORE INSIDE
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Yash Chopra might not have lived to see his last release Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) which is set to release on Diwali this year, but he did announce his retirement on 27th September, his 80th birthday. In a way, it gave a sense of completion to his 54 years long glorious career. The director breathed his last on October 21 at around 5.30 pm. KING OF ROMANCE
Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be my last film: Yash Chopra
Chopra's disclosure, made at an event marking his 80th birthday with actor Shah Rukh Khan by his side, took the Indian film industry by surprise. "I think I've had enough, Shah Rukh," Chopra replied when Khan asked him about his next project. INTERVIEW INSIDE
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Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra, who turned 80 Thursday, talked about his journey in the show business with superstar Shah Rukh Khan in a heart-to-heart televised chat. Chopra said his family wanted him to become an engineer but he knew he wanted to direct films. CHOPRA GETS EMOTIONAL
Smita-Parveen, the original choice for Silsila: Yash Chopra
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JTHJ: Yash Chopa to direct last-ever scene
Yash Chopra prepares to say goodbye to direction with Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ), his assistant directors (who have worked with him for years) are busy designing a spectacular souvenir for the king of romance. They want this to be their special gift to their mentor. DETAILS INSIDE
Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Yash Chopra to miss his last take?
For the shoot of the last remaining song in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, director Yash Chopra had a grand vision: a sari-clad Katrina Kaif romancing Shah Rukh Khan in the lush meadows of the Swiss Alps. But unfortunately, his illness, caused by a bout of dengue, stymied the plan for the song, which would have reflected his trademark directorial style. MORE
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My Hindi film career complete after working with Yash Chopra: Rahman
SRK in a still from Yash Chopra's last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman has teamed up with Yash Chopra for the first time for the veteran filmmaker's much-talked about directorial venture Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The music maestro says with the project his Hindi film career is complete. READ MORE
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(With additional inputs)