Ajay should move Son Of Sardaar from Nov 13-Mukesh Bhatt
Close buddies of Yash Chopra, Mukesh Bhatt and Ramesh Sippy, recall fond memories of him
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2012)
Legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra's demise has left a void in the film industry that can’t be filled. Close friends of the late director are numbed by shock and grief, and can't seem to get over their loss.
After several calls and requests, Mirror managed to speak to Mukesh Bhatt and Ramesh Sippy, both of whom were thick as thieves with the (late) Chopra.
Said Bhatt, “I knew Yash since 40 years but we became close since the last seven years when I became an active member of the Producers' Guild. Our friendship grew when owners of multiplexes started bullying us. We started calling each other even when we didn't want to talk about work. He never started the conversation without first saying, 'Mukesh, kya ek minute baat kar sakte hain?’. He never imposed himself on anybody.” A lesser known fact about Chopra was that he loved adventure. Said Sippy, “Four years ago when he was 76, we were at Apollo Bunder and had to go from one boat to another via rope. He did that with extreme ease.”
Said Bhatt, “He was 80 years young, not 80 years old. But he had a problem with youngsters in Bollywood who are turning a blind eye to issues like entertainment tax, service tax and piracy.”
Bhatt shared all his problems, professional and personal with Chopra. “I told Yash I was very worried about my son Vishesh as he was taking a long time settling down and deciding on a script. Yash simply said, 'That's even better. Mark my words, he'll be bigger than you and your brother. My son Aditya took a lot of time before settling on the DDLJ script.' He said it so reassuringly,” recalled Bhatt. Yash had told his friends about his next film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. “I think that movie is going to be the biggest blockbuster ever,” said Sippy.
Isn’t Jab Tak Hai Jaan going to face competition from Son of Sardaar that is releasing on the same day? Bhatt opined, “I think Ajay Devgn should move his film from the same date, Nov 13. When a legend speaks, you need to give him space. We must stand together on Jab Tak Hai Jaan, instead of trying to prove an individual and personal point.” What are his best films according to them? Informed Sippy, “He spoke very highly of Waqt and Ittefaq”. Both Sippy and Bhatt agree that had Chopra not been so receptive toward the constant changes in technology, he wouldn't have been able to take YRF to the dizzying heights it has achieved today. According to Bhatt, who visits Vaishnodevi every Ashtami: “This time I think mata knew what was coming, and she wanted me to be in Mumbai and not at Vaishnodevi. She wanted me to salute my friend as he left the world of the living.” Said Sippy, “They don't make men like him anymore. They come once in a generation. There will never be another Yash Chopra.”
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