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Yash Chopra best remembered for being a gentle soul

But more than this, he is best remembered for being a gentle soul. In the days before the PR blitzkrieg took hold, he would answer calls himself in his thick Punjabi accent, and laugh about the buzz around his films and say that’s far from true. On the wish list of every actress, he felt his project would not be complete without highlighting both nature’s beauty, as well as enhancing the beauty of the heroines he cast in his trademark white saris. His fascination for shooting in Switzerland began in the early 1980s after Faasle.

Lahore-born Chopra would have been an engineer, but his fascination for films made him take up as an assistant to filmmaker I S Johar in the 50s. He later joined his brother BR Chopra, who was a director-producer at the time. In 1959, he made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool. In 1971, Chopra set up his own banner Yash Raj Films. His first independently produced film was Daag. From Shashi Kapoor to Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor to Sridevi, he crafted many tales with them. However, Shah Rukh Khan seems to have occupied a special place.

When Shah Rukh had hosted Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2007, Chopra had visited the sets not only because SRK was the host, but because his wife Pamela is a quiz enthusiast. It was at her insistence that he had accompanied her, as his wife wanted to watch the show from the sidelines. Not many know that Pam Aunty (as the industry refers to her) is a quiz buff, especially when it comes to questions related to the English language, which deal with the origin and meaning of words. She had claimed that she would be clueless when asked questions about filmmaking, which was best left to Chopra.

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