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Oct 22, 2012 at 11:10am IST

Yash Chopra: Top 10 gems from the maestro's repertoire

New Delhi: On his last birthday on September 27, 2012, Yash Chopra very clearly said that it’s the high time when he should detach himself from filmmaking. The songs and promos of Chopra’s lat film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ have made a lot of buzz, but the maverick director is no more to see the reaction of his audiences. However, over the years, he has made films that were iconic and important in several aspects. We have compiled a list of his ten best films.

1. Deewar (1975): This was a unique film in every sense. It truly represented an era which didn’t have much hopes from the establishment. Vijay and Ravi were the personification of two entirely different ideologies which were destined to clash at some point of time.

2. Waqt (1965): Though the film had a ‘masala’ approach but the philosophy of it tried to conveyed is still one of the core themes of Bollywood films. It also gave Chopra a chance to experiment with time and space.

Yash Chopra: The maverick director's 10 best films

Yash Chopra made films that were iconic and important in several aspects. Here is a list of his ten best films.

3. Trishul (1978): Amitabh ‘Vijay’ Bachchan would not have become such iconic actor without this film. It channelized Big B’s anger in a very creative way.

4. Ittefaq (1969): Who can forget the gloomy background of this film? It is one of those films where Rajesh Khanna had to shed his superstar image before facing the camera.

5. Daag (1973): This film is important due to its narrative structure. This emotional roller-coaster never gives the audience a chance to take eyes off the screen. ‘Daag’ will always remain a complex story told in the easiest possible way.

6. Silsila (1981): It was only Yash Chopra who had the conviction of approaching Big B, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha for the same film. ‘Silsila’ is better known for the grand portrayal of a Bollywood love triangle than its melodious music.

7. Chandni (1989): This film explains why Yash Chopra should be called as the king of romance. The story was predictable but the intensity of events kept the spectator glued to his seat till the last moment.

8. Darr (1993): Yash Chopra realised the after-effects of neo liberal economy before other filmmakers. Today we are witnessing several ‘real life’ characters who behave exactly like Shah Rukh of ‘Darr’.

9. Lamhe (1991): The film was released before its time. India was probably not ready for such a brave story in 1991.

10. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997): Though one can dismiss ‘DTPH’ as an escapist film, but the love was at its ideal best in it. Shah Rukh, Madhuri and Karishma made us believe that love is much more important than simply living.


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