From his debut film, Dhool Ka Phool (1959) to his last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) Yash Chopra‘s career is studded with timeless romantic films. Yash Chopra was so passionate about romance that most of his films were an ode to ‘Love’ itself. His films defined the true meaning of love. Besides soul-stirring love stories, Yash Chopra brilliantly captured the beauty of his gorgeous heroines, viz. Rakhee, Sharmila Tagore, Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla etc. draped in saffron saris and dancing to the tunes of melodious songs. Interestingly when other filmmakers shot films in Kashmir and Shimla, Yash Chopra stunned his viewers with the mesmerizing visuals of Switzerland, which was discovered first by Yash Chopra.
Regarded as the “High priest” of romance and termed – ‘The Eternal Romanticist’ by the media for his obsession for romantic movies, Yash Chopra, is one among those frontline directors who started his careers way back in the late 50’s with an unconventional love story Dhool Ka Phool (1959) and kept making love stories even during the action era of the 80’s and continued till he breathed his last. When a journalist asked him doesn’t he get bore of producing the same oft-repeated love stories Yash Chopra replied, “Human relation interests me because the human being is one creature who can do anything – sane or insane. It’s this nature of human beings that inspires me and gives room for innumerable plots. Like in Daag, Rakhee, playing the second wife created all the drama. Similarly, in Silsila I took extramarital affair or in Aaina the jealous sister or in Darr the obsessive Lover? Thus unlike other movies where a villain is ‘added’ to create all the problems, in my movies, instead, villainy is supplemented by my third angle.”
Yash Chopra‘s obsession or rather confidence in his love triangle was tremendous – Remember Waqt, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Daag, Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila, Chandni, Aaina, Doosra Aadmi, Lamhe, Darr, Dil To Pagal Hai. In fact, even his last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan was a love triangle. Interestingly, despite making so many love triangles, each film was different and a hit!
Further, Yash Chopra was so fixated to love triangle that many a time he has gambled with top-stars, breaking their images. For instance, in the 60’s he gave Raaj Kumar, an actor stereotyped with rural characters, the role of an aristocratic urbane youth in the film Waqt. Likewise, when Amitabh Bachchan was riding high on his Angry Young Man’s image, Yash Chopra, offered him complete opposite character of a soft-hearted tragic lover in Kabhie Kabhie and succeeded. Similarly in the 80’s he proved his magic by weaving the action-hero, Vinod Khanna in his musical love triangle Chandni and once again won the race.
Again in the 90’s he tried to break the lover-boy image of Aamir Khan with Darr but Aamir resisted and the cake was taken by the newcomer Shahrukh Khan, who went on to become a superstar, thanks to the success of Darr and became a heartthrob of Yashji.
Thus Yash Chopra shall always be remembered as the ultimate Monarch of Romance!