CNN to unravel Yash Chopra on interactive series

The channel's interactive series, The Scene, will treat viewers to some of the unknown facets of the legendary film-maker.
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Published on May 26, 2006 09:12 PM IST
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CNN International's second edition of the interactive series of city profiles, The Scene heads to Mumbai to meet the legend filmmaker and one of the most charismatic and powerful directors in the Indian film industry, Yash Chopra.

The vignette will be aired on CNN International during CNN Today (4:30-07:30 am; 9:30-12:30 am), Business International (12:30 pm-1:30 pm; 3:30-4:00 pm) and Your World Today (7:30-11:30 am) throughout the week starting May 29, 2006. 

Producer and director, Yash Chopra talks about his career as a filmmaker, the city he lives and works in - Mumbai, his memories of Mumbai, favourite films, intellectual bankruptcy in Bollywood and much more on The Scene.                  

  The spirit of Yash Chopra

It was 60 years ago, when he was in college that Yash Chopra decided to be a filmmaker.

His brother, BR Chopra taught him filmmaking and gave him a chance in 1958.

The legend was given first directorial opportunity with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959. With many hits to his credit, Yash Chopra is arguably India's most successful director.

While talking about the Mumbai city where he had spent most of the time living and working said, "Bombay means everything to me. I have been in Bombay for the last 54 years; it is man's life. Here I came as a young boy with dreams and visions. I had lights in my eyes. This city has given me everything, my dreams, respect, money, my name."

"I'm proud of being Punjabi but professionally everything I have achieved is in Bombay. These roads, these places, I can't see what has changed because when you live in the same place the change around you is so slow that you don't notice. But there's been great change."

"Mumbai is infectious, once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don't think you can live anywhere else," he further added.

The Scene is built around a weekly series of city short films, each hosted by a personality associated with that city.

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