Shailesh Kapoor: Deewaar was his best!

22 Oct,2012

Everyone calls him the King of Romance, but Yash Chopra has directed some of the most powerful and hard-hitting dramas in Hindi cinema’s history, especially Deewaar and Trishul. But his understanding of on-screen romance was leagues ahead of everyone else, making him stand out as a great director of romantic films. In the last 15 years, the romantic films in Hindi cinema have become more yuppie and synthetic. The soul that Yash Chopra brought to romance has faded away.




It’s almost certain that Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be the last of the classical romances we will ever get to see. He is the only director who has routinely had film festivals on television in his name. His company Yash Raj Films has also preserved his film library well, ensuring that his films are allowed only limited runs on television, and they are not telecast every other day, like many other films.


I have been a huge Yash Chopra fan from a very early age. I grew up with Chandni, Lamhe and Darr. And I have always felt Deewaar is the best film Bollywood has given us. I hope Jab Tak Hai Jaan turns out to be the perfect swan song this true legend deserves.


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