Yash Chopra to be honoured by Indian Film Festival of Melbourne as ‘Father of Contemporary Indian Cinema’

A theatre in Melbourne, to be renamed Yash Chopra Cinema, will host the late director’s retrospective as part of IIFM 2013

Late Bollywood director Yash Chopra will be honoured as Father of Contemporary Indian Cinema by the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IIFM) 2013 in recognition of his close ties with the region. Speaking about the honour, the filmmaker’s wife Pamela Chopra said in a statement: “Yashji had a close connection with the IFFM. He was happy to support it as he believed in promoting Indian films in foreign countries. I am grateful to the festival and the Victorian government for this honour and happy to travel to Melbourne to collect the same and keep the support and connection alive.”

IFFM festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange commented, “We have been fortunate to enjoy the support and guidance of Yash Chopra (in the past).”

Also, the Agora Cinema at the Latrobe University, Melbourne will be renamed after as Yash Chopra Cinema for a year. The filmmaker’s retrospective will be inaugurated by Pamela on May 6, with the screening of Chopra’s Shahrukh Khan-Katrina Kaif-starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan at 7pm. The other movies to be screened include Dil To Pagal Hai, Kabhie Kabhie, Lamhe, Silsila and Veer-Zaara.

Chopra, who breathed his last on October 21, 2012 shot his productions Salaam Namaste and Chak De! India in Melbourne. Australia has been a popular location for Bollywood cinema and has reportedly been a contributory factor in the increase in tourism from India.

Celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, the second IFFM will take place from May 3-22, 2013.