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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yash Chopra In Conversation With Shahrukh Khan

Yash Chopra in conversation with Shahrukh Khan on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Yash Chopra was a truly momentous occasion. Shahrukh took Yash ji down the memory lane through his films like Dhool Ka Phool to the first multi starrer Waqt (that turned out to be the recipe for lost and found theme in Bollywood). Yash ji had been told by someone that he should take Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor for this film. Someone close to Yash ji told him not to make this mistake that even in the dark once can realise that Raj, Shammi and Shashi are brothers so the entire idea of lost brothers will go for a toss.

They discussed the songless thriller Ittefaaq and then in 1971, Yash Raj Films came into existence. The first film under his production was called Joshila which was incidentally the first film that Shahrukh ever saw in a cinema hall in Delhi. Yash ji called Deewar as the most complete and interesting script that he ever got and credited Salim Javed for the same. Deewar was a film that he was directing while Kabhi Kabhi was a film that he was both producing and directing. And both the films were being made at the same time. Yash Chopra complimented Mr Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor as both were very punctual and this helped in both the films getting made simultaniously.

Trishul and Kala Pathar were made at the same time as well. SRK and Yash ji had a long discussion on the casting of Silsila. Chopra disclosed that the original choice of the two heroines was Smita Patil and Parveen Babi. Both had been signed as well. It was right before the shooting was about to start that Yash ji expressed his desire to make the film with Rekha, Jaya Bachchan and him. Mr Bachchan had taken a long pause and told Yash ji to convince the two actresses and that he is fine with the decision. Chopra narrated that Parvin was fine with it but Smilta Patil was hurt especially because Chopra had asked Shashi Kapoor to pass the bad news to her.

Mashaal was the only film that Yash Chopra and Dilip Kumar ever made together. Chopra narrated their common bonding on food. After delivering a few flops in the 1980s, he went on to make Chandni with 9 songs and the film was a big hit. The recipe for the typical Yash Chopra romance thus came into existence.
Shahrukh said that even though Yash ji comes across as such a simple guy. He had always chosen bold subjects for his films. For ecample Lamhe had Anil Kapoor falling in love with the mother and daughter (both played by Sridevi).

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