In pictures: 10 films that defined Yash Chopra

Updated: 24 October, 2016 13:16 IST
  • Waqt
    Waqt: The film that introduced the concept of multi-starrers in Indian cinema, Waqt starred Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana, Balraj Sahni and Sharmila Tagore
  • Ittefaq
    Ittefaq: Much before establishing himself as a genius of romantic films, Yash Chopra made this taut suspense thriller with Rajesh Khanna and Nanda. Ittefaq was among the first Bollywood films that did not have any songs in it
  • Deewar
    Deewar: If Zanjeer gave birth to the angry young man, this Yash Chopra classic established Amitabh Bachchan's legendary image. The character of Vijay Verma remains among Bollywood's iconic ones
  • Kabhie Kabhie
    Kabhie Kabhie: The beautiful amalgamation of poetry and love not only resulted in another memorable film, but presented before the audiences the subtle side of Big B
  • Trishul
    Trishul: Another revenge saga starring Amitabh, Chopra managed to interlink the stories of the three main characters in the film -- Amitabh, Sanjeev Kumar, and Shashi Kapoor -- in an engrossing manner
  • Silsila
    Silsila: Made at the height of the alleged Amitabh-Rekha affair, Yash Chopra had the audacity to bring the trio of Big B, Rekha and Jaya Bachchan together on screen. Although the movie bombed at the box office, the film has gone on to become a cult classic
  • Mashaal
    Mashaal: Another flop, the film though had Dilip Kumar at his very best, playing the honest man who wants to change the ills in society, but is himself forced to become a crime lord. Mashaal had many memorable moments including the Ae bhai koi hai scene, performed incredibly by Dilip Kumar
  • Chandni
    Chandni: With Chandni, Yash Chopra not only gave romance a new lease of life in Bollywood, but also revived his own career after an unexpected lean spell
  • Lamhe
    Lamhe: In terms of story, the film was way ahead of his times -“ the male protagonist falling in love with a girl way younger to him. And though the film was rejected by audiences at the time of release, according the man himself and film critics, it remains his most accomplished work. Lamhe also proved Yash Chopra was open to taking risks, putting his reputation at stake
  • Darr
    Darr: The film did for Shah Rukh Khan what Deewar™ did for Big B. SRK had already played the bad guy in Baazigar™, but Darr gave fear a new meaning in Bollywood
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He may have been known as the king of romance, but Yash Chopra also made films that defied Bollywood stereotypes. On his fourth death anniversary, here's our pick of 10 films that defined the legendary filmmaker

First Published: 21 October, 2016 12:02 IST