Yash Chopra had a penchant for riveting storytelling. We remember watching Amitabh Bachchan romance Rekha in Silsila, while his wife waited patiently at home. And who can forget Shah Rukh Khan screaming the iconic, “K-k-k-k-Kiran!” in the melodramatic film, Darr.
Yash Chopra passed away on October 21, 2012, and in remembering his gift of cinema, we share some of his iconic films.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid tribute to Yash Chopra: “An icon of Indian Cinema, he entertained many generations with his rare creativity. He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. His flourish to essay romance and social drama was unmatched.”
While Yash Chopra is remembered for his ability to sell romance, it was his gritty film, Deewaar (1975), about a working class man who turns to crime (played by Amitabh Bachchan), that really set him apart. He followed that film up with a slew of social dramas, including Kabhi Kabhie (1976) and Silsila (1981), both which covered love lost, infidelity, and redemption.
In 1991, Yash Chopra tackled the tricky plot of Lamhe (1991), where a much older Anil Kapoor falls in love with an under-20 year old Sridevi, who happens to be the daughter of a woman he previously loved.
We fell in love with Shah Rukh Khan’s cynical Rahul in Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), who eventually realizes that the gorgeous Madhuri Dixit is “the one.” Add Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Kumar to the mix, and you have a multi-angle love story full of flowing saris and pastel shades.
Yash Chopra’s final film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, releases November 2012. Rest in peace, Mr. Chopra.
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