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‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ to be Yash Chopra’s last as director

Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra has announced his upcoming movie ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ will be his last directorial venture.

The 80-year-old filmmaker behind such hits as ‘Silsila’, ‘Deewar’, and ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’ said he intends to spend more time with his wife and helping up-coming directors.  

Chopra made the announcement in Mumbai Friday during a Q&A with actor Shah Rukh Khan who stars in ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ and has appeared in some of the director’s biggest hits.  

“This (‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’) will be my last film as a director”, he said.  “There are some calculations that you do with your heart and now I have decided that I won’t direct a film after this. I think the time has come for me to take a backseat.”

“I will do other things like helping the younger generation in filmmaking, sharing my experience. I will do all those things that I couldn’t do earlier. My wife has been complaining I don’t give her time, I want to make my wife happy… enjoy life,” the Bollywood legend, who has weaved magical love stories on the silver screen, said.

Khan called it a happy and sad moment: “It is a happy-sad moment. I am touched and happy to have worked with him in so many films. He has made a decision and we can’t question it… we can’t change his mind,” he said.

“It’s a moment of history. The first time I saw a film in a theatre in Vivek Cinema was ‘Joshila’, when I was nine. I didn’t know it was a Yash Chopra film then.

Since then I have been associated with him in some or the other way,” Khan said. ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ produced by Yash Raj Films releases this Diwali on November 13.

Chopra started his journey in the film industry as an assistant to I S Johar and then with his director-producer brother B R Chopra.

With his brother’s production house he made his directorial debut In 1959 with ‘Dhool Ka Phool’, ‘Dharamputra’, ‘Waqt’, ‘Ittefaq’.

Known for his singularly romantic movies, Chopra has featured some of Bollywood’s most iconic women in lead roles, from Rekha and Sridevi to Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.  

“God has created nature and all beautiful things like snowfall, valley, flowers and then the next beautiful thing he made is women. A woman is a daughter, wife, sister, friend… she dons all the roles,” he said.

– Poonam Joshi/Reports



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