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What promoted B.R.Chopra to make WAQT?

April 22, 2014 12:56:10 PM IST
updated May 31, 2014 10:02:22 AM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Kal Jahan Basti Thi Khushiyaan Aaj Hai Matam Wahaan

'Waqt' laya tha Baharein 'Waqt Laya hai Khizaa....


This song from the movie WAQT captures the life of film legend B.R.Chopra beautifully because lyricist Sahir ludhianvi has used apt metaphors - Khushiyaan (Happiness) and Matam (Sorrow) to encapsulate the topsy-turvy ways of Waqt or destiny. From a mundane journalist to the proprietor of B. R. Films, he began from scratch after being kicked out from Lahore during partition. remembers the great filmmaker B.R.Chopra on his birth anniversary and recalls what promoted him to make India's First Multi starrer WAQT.

Baldev Raj Chopra better known as B.R.Chopra was born in Lahore (Pakistan). He did his M.A. in English from Government College in Lahore and aspired to pursue IAS but destiny had other plans. Hence, during the examination for the IAS he fell ill and did poorly in two papers. His dream was shattered and he became a journalist thanks to his command in writing.

Recalling his early days B.R.Chopra in an interview said, ''Destiny has played a pivotal role in my life because if I had passed my IAS then probably I would not have tasted the kind of success that I have derived as a film maker.'' He adds, ''When I became a journalist I began enjoying my profession but once again destiny took a turn. Suddenly riots broke out in Lahore and the partition fury made me and my family homeless. I left everything in Lahore and came to Mumbai. The condition was so pitiable that we were almost on streets.''

He continues, ''While I was struggling to find a job few of my friends encouraged me to make a film as I was a film journalist and had good contacts in film industry. I took up the challenge and made my debut film AFSAANA staring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. The movie was a hit and I was declared a hit filmmaker.''

He adds, ''After AFSAANA there was no looking back but somewhere within my heart I had the twinge of partition and the how destiny had rescued me. Hence I wanted to pass on this idea to the masses hence in the mid 60's I decided to make a big budget film on destiny and the game it plays. The movie was India's first movie to feature four top stars of India viz. Balraj Sahani, Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Shashi Kapoor. In addition it had Sadhana and Sharmila Tagore. Thus it was a magnum opus movie and thankfully a huge hit.''



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