On September 27, Yash Chopra celebrated his 80th birthday, with a grand event held at Yash Raj Studios. Titled, ‘In Conversation With Yash Chopra,’ the two-hour do was hosted by one of Chopra’s favourite leading men, Shah Rukh Khan.
At the event, Chopra spoke at length about his life, career that spread over five decades and finally his retirement. Chopra even revealed that filmmaking was never his career plan as he had come to Mumbai to fulfill his family’s dream of him becoming an engineer. He said, “They sent me here to get my passport made so that I could go to England and study engineering.” But he chose to do otherwise. Chopra said: “Bhaisaab (BR Chopra) told me not to assist him, but I persisted.
Mom always used to tell me ‘apne dil ki suno’. Finally, she gave me R200 and said ‘yeh lo mera aashirwaad’.”
Chopra recalled several incidents, starting from the time he began to assist his brother, to setting up his own banner, Yash Raj Productions, to sharing kheema-pao with his friend Dilip Kumar, and finally, returning as a director with Jab Tak Hai Jaan. He, however, shocked everyone when he announced his retirement. “This (Jab Tak Hai Jaan) will be my last film as a director.
There are some calculations that you do with your heart and now I have decided that I won’t direct a film after this. I think the time has come for me to take a backseat,” he said, adding: “I will do other things like helping the younger generation in filmmaking, sharing my experience.
I will do all those things that I couldn’t do earlier. My wife has been complaining I don’t give her time, I want to make my wife happy... enjoy life.”