It feels like we have lost the father of our industry. He was a pillar, always smiling and very charming. I don’t think anyone was prepared for his loss and were eagerly waiting for his directorial film Jab Tak Hain Jaan… Isn’t the title apt?
Yash Chopra influenced me to be a gentleman. I always wondered how he could be so gentle yet spread so much positive energy. Despite his stature, he never failed to exchange notes and smile whenever you bumped into him.
Chopra was also ahead of his time and always tried to learn something new. When we released The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, we did not have a premiere because there were so many similar releases at the time. So he watched the film at the cinema, where Raj Kumar Santoshi and I were also watching it. He walked up to us and said he simply loved the film, and it was a very out-of-the-box idea. That was a huge complement, coming from him.
He was a father figure of this industry and always stood for its growth. He was also very updated and active in every part of filmmaking. When producers were on strike and did not release any films, my film Ishq Vishk was slated for release. Since the promotions were underway and I was in a dilemma, he sat with the producers to work out a solution so that we weren’t in a jam. Everyone always sought his advice since he had such a depth of experience and knowledge.