Thank You, Yash Chopra, Thank You

Thank you Yash Chopra. I want to take some time to recognize one of the most critically successful screenwriters, directors, and producer’s to come out of Mumbai Cinema in the last thirty years. Yash Chopra, the legend, passed away on October 21st of 2012 leaving a void in Hindi Cinema that will not easily be filled. Chopra was the man that brought us the standard of ensemble casts in Hindi cinema, such famous Jodis as SRK and Kajol, and the opportunity for young upstarts like Karan Johar to succeed in Indian film making.

Yash Chopra started his career as an assistant director to his elder brother, B.R. Chopra. From the late fifties to the early seventies Yash Chopra continued to create films with B.R., only leaving their partnership in 1973. The third year of the seventies was the period in which Yash Raj films was founded; a new upstart studio that set the stage for Bollywood greatness. While not initially successful, Yash Raj Films went on to produce some of the biggest blockbusters in Hindi Cinema (DDLJ, VZ, Dhoom franchise) and launch the careers of the best directors in Bollywood (Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra).

The man that was Yash Chopra is hard to dissect, an icon for most Bollywood fans. As a western viewer I have given Yash Raj films my utmost respect (and will continue to do so). I have respected YR films so much I have a hard time imagining Bollywood films without the great man. The film company I search for, the films I give my heart to, Yash Chopra built an entertainment empire hinged on the films that give new bollywood viewers delight, and old Bollywood viewers’ fond memories. It is hard to think of Mumbai cinema without Yash Chopra.

Yash Raj films remains a mainstay and a film company I will always look to for well written and well directed hindi hits. I salute Yash Chopra for his work, the films he was personally involved in and the films that his excellent film studio produced. Henceforth are my favorite Yash Raj films. Cheers Yash Chopra, you brought the greatness…

Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)

A great jodi courtesy of Yash Raj. One thing YR films never disappointed on was a great paring of actors. The story was solid and the chemistry was evident.

Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

Best dance number ever. The. End.

 

Chandni (1989)

This film had enough melodrama to break it. Yet it survived in a weepy yet awesome sort of way. Not a great film when compared to later Yash Raj productions, but a film that hit the right emotional chord when it was released.

Dhoom 2 (2006)

Bad ass in the most critically awesome way. I can watch this over and over again and never regret it.

Dilwale Dulhanie Le Jayange (1995)

A classic story of love between different social classes and origins. Great chemistry, great presentation of what it means to be Indian.

Dil Bole Hadippa (2009)

Shahid brings it. I learned a lot about cricket from this film, I learned more about Yash Raj awesomeness

Yash Chopra- Thank You

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