Yash Chopra: Remembering the King of Romance

The late filmmaker is still alive for everyone associated with Bollywood. On his first birth anniversary, we take look at the filmmaker’s gems through the years

Born on September 27, 1932, Yash Chopra’s name is synonymous with love stories in Indian cinema. The filmmaker made over 50 films in five decades. Chopra was a scriptwriter, producer and director.

His first directorial venture was Dhool Ka Phool in 1959. The film was a melodrama about illegitimacy and had legendary actors like Mala Sinha and Rajendra Kumar. Yash Chopra received his first Filmfare award for the multi-starrer Waqt that was released in 1965. Waqt started the trend of multi-starrers in Bollywood. The film had Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana, Balraj Sahni, Madan Puri, Sharmila Tagore, Achala Sachdev and Rehman.

In 1971, Chopra founded the independent Yash Raj Films, terminating his creative collaboration with his brother. He then independently produced Daag: A Poem of Love. The Shashi Kapoor-Amitabh Bachchan starrer Deewar became a huge hit in 1975. The film revolved around turbulent times of politics in India during the early 70s. Yash Chopra directed Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan again in a love story of two generations in Kabhie Kabhie. In 1981, Chopra brought together Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha for Silsila which became one of the most favourite love stories of Indian cinema. In 1989, Yash Chopra gave Sridevi her identity with his Chandni starring Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna. The film also won the National Award for the Best Popular Film that year. In 1993, the Shahrukh Khan-Yash Chopra magic began with Darr. The obsessive-lover story gave Shahrukh Khan a new identity in Bollywood. The director then came with the Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor starrer Dil To Pagal Hai was known for its fabulous soundtrack.

After this film, Chopra took a sabbatical and returned as a director with Veer-Zaara starring Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji in 2004. In 2012 he made a comeback with Jab Tak Hai Jaan starring Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. In September last year, Yashji as he is fondly called, had announced in a special interview with SRK that Jab Tak Hai Jaan would be his last film as a director after which he wanted to concentrate on Yash Raj Films and his personal life. But shortly after that, Yash Chopra succumbed to dengue and passed away on October 21, 2012.

On Yash Chopra’s first birth anniversary, we at Bollywoodlife pick the 10 best films by the King of Romance. Do let us know which one you like the most.