October 5, 2012 1:47:12 pm
The expectations of course,are sky-high as far as Chopras last hurrah with romance is concerned. And while he may be celebrated for his romantic films,the women in Chiffon,the Swiss Alps etc,to categorise Chopra would be sheer injustice
Goodbyes are never easy especially when it involves bidding farewell to something that one holds dear. Bearing that in mind,the lengthy chat between Shah Rukh Khan and film-maker Yash Chopra (who just turned an energetic 80 this September) spanning six decades of his magical movie-making,was the perfect sign off. With abundant wit,humour,candour and infinite grace,both the interviewer (Khan) and the interviewee (Chopra) contributed to a delightful and informative conversation.
Yes,the film-maker,who has a romantic film titled Jab Tak Hai Jaan coming up this Diwali,announced that after the film,he was going to hang up his boots as a director though he would remain committed to promoting new and young talent under the aegis of Yashraj Films,a name to reckon with in the Hindi entertainment space.
The expectations of course,are sky-high as far as Chopras last hurrah with romance is concerned. And while he may be celebrated for his romantic films,the women in Chiffon,the Swiss Alps etc,to categorise Chopra,who has an impressive body of work with films as varied as Waqt,Ittefaq,Joshila,Mashaal,Namak Haraam,Deewar,Lamhe,Chandni,would be sheer injustice. Khan in fact even quizzed Chopra about the contradiction in the life that he led-a simple,uncomplicated one-and the complex plots of some of his films!
Be that as it may trade pundits are convinced that a romantic film helmed by Yash Chopra with SRK-Katrina-Anushka in the lead is a surefire hit. Couple that with A. R. Rahman,Gulzar saab and Rabbi Shergil for the music and the beauty of Kashmir,the debate is mostly about how much the movie collections will add up to.
The general buzz pegs the figures as high as 300 crore and the announcement of retirement plans,say analysts,are only going to shore up the collections. Now beating his home production Ek Tha Tiger in the box-office success stakes would be sweet satisfaction indeed for Chopra Sr.
After all,age as they famously say,is just a number.
A column on delightful conversations would be incomplete without mentioning Express Adda that has eminent celebrities from different walks of life,hosted by Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta (The Indian Express and Express Group). The most recent edition had superstar Amitabh Bachchan as the guest and his interaction with the top echelons of Delhi was lively and fun. Big B,with his eloquence and grace had everyone under a spell. On popular demand,he recited poetry,shared an anecdote of a 90 year old lady who on meeting him said,Main bachpan se aapki tasveer dekhti aa rahi hoon! and signed scores of autographs leaving everyone utterly charmed by the time he left the premises. Timeless super-stardom indeed.
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