He’s the Grand Old Man of the Hindi film industry and filmmaker Yash Chopra doesn’t think of life beyond films. After 54 years in the industry, he still has great ambition — “Yash Raj Films should release one film every week in two-three years time,” he says simply.
To start off, he has five films this year with an “overall budget of around Rs 100 crore.” This includes big-budget productions like Chak De India, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Aaja Nachle. But the million-dollar question is: when is Chopra starting his own directorial venture?
His last was the successful Veer-Zaara in 2004. “I will start it this year. It’s at the scripting stage,” informs Chopra. Will it be a take on a real-life romantic story as was the buzz?
Chopra prefers to play safe, “I can’t reveal the script now as it will take some time.”
All speculation of whether Yash Raj Films will make the sequel to Dhoom 2 or not are put to rest by the maker of such landmark films like Daag, Trishul, Deewaar, Kala Patthar, Silsila, Chandni, and others when he says, “Yes, we will be starting Dhoom 3.”
But that’s what he would restrict himself to as of now. Coincidentally, Chopra was in town — he was felicitated by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce and later at the BFJA Awards ceremony on Thursday — at the same time the hero of several of his hits, Amitabh Bachchan, was here too.
“He is a dear friend and we hope to catch up later in the evening at the awards ceremony,” informs Chopra.
A fan of Bengali films, Chopra, however, has no plans to invest in Tollywood now though, “I am seeking talent from here”. |
Somebody who has always been vocal about saving the industry from piracy, Chopra wants infighting between producers, distributors and exhibitors to stop so that “more money comes to the industry”.
He adds that piracy is killing films. “Hindi film industry is growing and the day is not far when we will release a film with 5,000 prints,” he says, on a positive note.