Films that are like the most precious gems from Yash Chopra

In his 50-year illustrious career, Yash Chopra gave us some of the most iconic films across genres. A master weaver of stories, Yash Chopra always had a way of involving audiences in the simplest of narratives. His cinema doesn’t grow stale even after multiple viewings. Here are a few examples of his epic talent -

1. Chandni (1989)

Chandni came at a time when mainstream Bollywood was inundated with corny and cringe-worthy action films. Yash Chopra’s musical starring Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, and Vinod Khanna was a celebration of romance in his signature style of storytelling. But more than that, it was a celebration of Sridevi, her beauty, charm, and tremendous flair for acting.

2. Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997)
The multi-starrer featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar, and Karisma Kapoor was one of the biggest hits of the 90s and the highest-grosser that year. The sensational Yash Chopra-Shahrukh Khan duo headlined the 90s. Together they gave us Bollywood’s most memorable romantic films.

3. Darr (1993)
In Darr, the pivotal character was an anti-hero. At a time when the hero-villain template perpetually dominated Hindi cinema, he could’ve comfortably been sidelined. But Shah Rukh made the most of the opportunity. He portrayed the obsessive, psychopathic stalker astoundingly well. And for a director enamored with the idea of romance, whose biggest successes were mostly rooted in romance, experimenting in a genre like this and faring brilliantly at it deserves as much applause. 

4. Veer Zara (2004)
From a well-knit, engaging story to compelling performances from Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, and Rani Mukerji, this cross-border romance had everything going for it. It was yet another masterpiece in the arsenal of the veteran filmmaker.

5. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
In a time dominated by South Indian remakes and illogical stunts comes a movie that is so refreshingly different from those mindless sagas. A movie that connects to that Old World charm and beauty of a special feeling called Love. A movie that will make you feel good about life and gives you hope about love. And The Great Yash Chopra is not called a LEGEND just like that, he justified his legendary status yet again with a masterpiece.

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