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Yash Chopra the social reformer: way ahead of his times

October 22, 2012 01:02:23 PM IST
By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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Yash Chopra's parents wanted him to be an engineer, but he was wed to cinema as he entered into the world of cinema at the raw age of 19 years in 1951. But the desire of his parents that he be an engineer continued to reverberate through the rich catalogue of his creations that he has left behind, as each of his craft, be it successful or a failure commercially, is an engineering marvel, characterized by innovation in one form or the other that has enticed and won the customers across generations in the form of footfalls as also by being a part of the discourse among the fans and the aficionados.

It is the scientific bend of mind that triggers the urge to innovate and right from the very first film that he was associated; he had this desire to unsettle the triads of society and question its beliefs and ideologies to make it more humane. Here is a tribute to these social films made by Yash Chopra.


DHOOL KA PHOOL: Could any director think about making a film on pre-marital sex and the pitfalls arising out of it, but Yash Chopra had the guts to make a film more than 60 years ago in 1959. It also is a film with a strong message of religious harmony where a Hindu child born out a wedlock is brought up by a Muslim, and the song of the film- Tu Hindu banega na Mussalman banega, insaan kee aulad hai insane banega, -still is an aspiration of harmony that India as a country has to achieve.


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