Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was very close to Yash Chopra, is deeply saddened by his sudden demise. The actor said that he is going to miss Yash Chopra.
“Whenever my loved ones depart…I feel a part of me extinguishes itself with them. Will there come a day that I will no longer have a bit of myself to let go of? And then the thought follows…that every time they have taken some of me with them onto their last journey, I have found a fragment of them left inside me too…I will always have some love to give and I will always be both emptied and replenished by the loved ones I lose. I keep u wıth me Yashjı and I mıss u too Yashjı…lots” SRK posted on his official Facebook page.
Sources also revealed that Shah Rukh had tears in his eyes when he reached Lilavati hospital to see Yash Chopra the last time. A website reported “Stunned but controlled, Shah Rukh was guided to the room, he firstly hugged Aditya and Rani, who took the actor inside the private room, where Yashji lay lifeless. As the actor looked with eyes full of tears at the filmmaker, he lovingly took the filmmaker’s for one last time, ‘Yashji’ he said and kissed his forehead.”
In fact, Shah Rukh Khan shared a wonderful chemistry with Yash Chopra. This special bonding touched hew heights when SRK has organised a special event to celebrate Chopra’s 80th birthday. During that particular event, Chopra had announced his retirement from direction.
SRK’s association with Chopra began in 1993 with Darr, in which SRK had played a role of an obsessed lover. Yash Chopra directed three other movies– Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Veer-Zaara and latest being Jab Tak Hai Jaan, with SRK.
SRK has worked in a handful of movies produced by Chopra’s Yash Raj Films:
Darr (1993): A romantic psychological thriller film directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It was the story of an obsessed lover (Shahrukh Khan) and the lengths to which he went to get Kiran (Juhi Chawla), who was already happily engaged to Sunil Malhotra (Sunny Deol). People remember SRK for his stunning performance and a dialogue ‘I love you, K-K-K-Kiran,’ was a hit. SRK also won a Filmfare Award for the Best Villain for his role in Darr. Not only did he set a new trend of an anti hero in Hindi film but raised his stardom.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995): Made for Indian diaspora around the world, DDLJ has set benchmarks in terms of box office collection and popularity. A romantic comedy, DDLJ marked the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra. The film was produced by his father Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films, and stars Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. The film became the biggest hit of the year, as well as one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. The film won 10 Filmfare Awards, the most ever for a single film at that time, and also won the National Award for being the most popular film of the year. DDLJ was ranked by Indiatimes Movies among the “25 Must See Bollywood Films”. It was one of two Hindi films in the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” list along with Mother India. The film was also placed twelfth on the British Film Institute’s list of the top Indian films of all time. It is still playing at Maratha Mandir cinema in Mumbai.
Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997): The film marked the return of Yash Chopra to direction after the gap of five years. A musical romantic drama, DTPH was based on the love lives of dancers in a musical dance troupe. It was the first Bollywood movie to be shot in Baden-Baden, Germany, and in the German theme park Europa Park.
Mohabbatein (2000): This was Aditya Chopra’s second directorial venture after DDLJ. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in pivotal roles, along with six young debutantes. The film was most notable for it being the first time that veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan appeared on screen together.
Veer Zaara (2004): Yash Chopra always want to make a film based on cross-border romance. Veer Zaara was his dream project and he came back to direct Shah Rukh Khan again after Dil To Pagal Hai. The film was set against the backdrop of conflict between India and Pakistan. It was an unfortunate love story of an Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh, and a Pakistani woman hailing from a rich political family of Lahore, Zaara Haayat Khan, who are separated for over twenty years. The film was inspired from human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jehangir.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan: The last directorial venture of Yash Chopra, this film is set to release this November. It features Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, making it the first film to pair Khan and Kaif and the second collaboration between Khan and Sharma after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
(Contributed by: Sameer Abbas Zaidi)