Happy Birthday Yash Chopra, The Progressive Filmmaker
Yash Chopra’s legacy lies beyond romance
Say Yash Chopra and pop culture would immediately redirect thoughts to romantic Bollywood cinema. The legendary filmmaker who would have turned 85 today might have been at the helm of superhit love stories like DDLJ and Dil To Pagal Hai, but various titles in his filmography also range from social dramas to women-centric issues.
Don’t believe us? Read on.
Hailed as a classic and probably one of Yash Chopra’s finest works till date, Lamhe went on to bag various Filmfare awards and a mention in even some of the ‘Best Bollywood Movies Ever’ lists. It follows the story of a girl (Sridevi) who, many years after the death of her parents, falls in love with her mother’s suitor (Anil Kapoor). The film unfortunately didn’t create enough ripples at the Indian box office but was a towering success overseas.
Based on Vasant Kanetkar’s Marathi play, Ashroonchi Zhali Phule, the film stands for justice, freedom of press and the need for morality. Doesn’t that sound like what the world is seeking in the current age of Donald trump? The cast includes Anil Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Waheeda Rahman just in case if you were wondering.
This was Yash Chopra’s first film after he parted ways with brother BR Chopra. It was a melodrama that revolved around a man who has two wives. The adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, the movie got bums on seats and immortalised Rajesh Khanna, Raakhee and Sharmila Tagore.
Another Yash Chopra classic, the story revolves around a painter whose wife is killed and all evidence proves that he is the murderer. The film touched several themes had a mild run at the box office but bagged two Filmfare awards. Rajesh Khanna, Madan Puri and Nanda starred in the film. It is now being remade with Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha.
Dhool Ka Phool (1959)
The Mala Sinha, Ashok Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Leela Chitnis, Nanda and Jeevan starrer is among Bollywood’s best works about communal harmony. Featuring the famous song Hindu Na Banega Na Musalmaan Banega, the movie talked about a Muslim family adopting a Hindu boy. It also made a statement with Mala Sinha as a single mother who learns to rely only on herself.
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