This is a small tribute to filmmaker Yash Chopra who passed away today in a Mumbai hospital.
As a particularly choosy movie watcher, it was through Yash Chopra’s films that I discovered:
the concept of beauty and aesthetics in cinema;
intellectualization of romance;
celebration of the feminine form without objectifying it;
non-stereotypical and unconventional portrayal of women;
non-judgmental acceptance of complex human relationships;
unapologetic etching out of flaws in human character;
unabashed indulgence of elite lifestyles;
and of course the pristine locales of Switzerland.
I watched 13 of the 22 films that he directed in his lifetime. I loved every one of them.
I will watch his last venture that is set to release next month… just to say Thank you.