The king of romance is back. And for his comeback as director after seven years, filmmaker Yash Chopra will return to the country he has shot his most memorable movies in. "I might be shooting a few sequences in Switzerland," says Chopra, who last helmed Veer-Zaara in 2004, for which he shot the song, Yeh hum aa gaye hain kahan… in Switzerland.
Unfortunately, the track had to be edited out of the final cut, leaving only fleeting imagery of the European country in the opening credits. But this time, the untitled film, starring his favourite Shah Rukh Khan, will see quite a bit of the Swiss landscape in it. "I haven’t finalised the details yet, but I want to shoot there," says Chopra, who in the past has filmed movies like Darr (1993) and Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997) in the country. He also produced Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).
The producer, who has worked with Shah Rukh Khan in six films so far, is looking forward to directing the actor again. "He is like family. I don’t have to ask him to act in my film. I simply tell him. He’ll always be special," says the veteran, adding that his next will be a romantic film embedded with lots of Indian values.
Chopra plans to start shooting the film later this year and wants to finish it within three to four months. "Like all my movies, this one too will appeal to my sensibilities as a filmmaker," says the filmmaker.
Although rumours of Katrina Kaif starring in his film are rife, he informs that the casting is still in progress. "Several names are being considered, but I haven’t finalised anything yet. I will, once I’m back in Mumbai on April 15," he says, adding that the film is being written by son Aditya Chopra, because he doesn’t script his own films anymore.
Ask Chopra why he chooses to direct so sparingly, and he smiles, "I don’t really want such long gaps between my films. But this is how Adi and I have worked things out. So when he is directing, I look after the production and vice versa. We can’t be making films at the same time."Yash Chopra returns to Switzerland