The word ‘iconic’ is so overused these days that it almost seems to have lost its meaning. However, back when the word still held a certain amount of gravitas, it was used to describe Yash Raj Chopra. The film director and producer was not only one of the most successful Bollywood personalities, but he was also a pioneer in more ways than one.
Take Waqt for example – at a time when films had the usual lead actor and actress, the movie starred an ensemble cast which set a trend and today, it’s almost the norm. Waqt starred Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana, Balraj Sahni, Madan Puri and Sharmila Tagore amongst others. The film went on to win five Filmfare awards.
The first film produced by Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films was the bold 1973 movie Daag. Exploring the law and psychology concerning polyamory and bigamy, Daag was a super hit at the Box Office.
For many of us, Yash Raj Films was the beginning of our love with Hindi cinema. Below, we catalogue a list of Yash Raj Films you should watch:
Dil To Pagal Hai
Chak De! India
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge