Yash Chopra gave me perfectionist expectations of love…

Having grown up watching and being in awe of Yash Chopra because of the way he brought such magic and belief to my favourite movie of all time, Dil To Pagal Hai, hearing of his demise made me very sad. In the week and a bit that’s followed, I have truly begun to realise exactly how much of my own personality’s dreaminess is lika typical Chopra depiction of love. It has been Chopra who has helped me come to a set of guidelines in my head as to what love is, what a man should have in him and what qualities I would find it hard not falling  for. It will take just a few examples to prove my point…

What Silsila taught me…

In what is one of the easiest and most simply to describe fashions, I can very easily say that the love between Amit and Chandni’s bond in this film’s first half is heart-warming. The shayari in Amitabh Bachchan’s perfect manly and charming voice leaves me thinking that the voice of a man is all it would take to feel some attraction. Coupled with the most romantic words given to any poem in what I would say the history of Bollywood, the appeal of Amit and Chandni is hard to resist. A girl is left thinking that a chance meeting and song and dance in a friend’s wedding is enough to find a soulmate… and one that is tall, dark and handsome as well as heartmelting-ly sexy in tone.

What Chandni taught me…

When I first think of Chandni, what instantly comes to mind is the lights coloured theme and the whiteness in the shots. This was Chopra’s style and this was something only he could pull off. Chandni’s story taught me that no matter what changes or tragedies may happen in life, love lasts no matter what. Chandni’s crossroads after having her heart broken in a horrible way is apparent to real life. Chopra’s USP in his portrayal of love stories was always in keeping with real life. Chandni shows just that… that life moves on, relationships move on but what is meant to be yours will always stay where it is until you make a decision to accept it. A myth? I think so!

What Lamhe taught me…

Ahhh Lamhe! The specialness in this movie is indeed hard to describe. Lamhe’s beauty lies in a very different portrayal of love which leaves you wanting love to be perfect in every state. Sridevi plays two different roles in Lamhe, one of which doesn’t love Anil Kapoor and the other of which is hopelessly in love with him. What one learns from her character, particularly in the second half, is that persistence and a bravery in love can help you triumph. She doesn’t give up on her feelings and neither does she lose the love of her life… and in the end the two are ready to face society and their lives together whatever the consequences. Perfection at its best! Did anyone tell them that life is never that perfect?

What Dil To Pagal Hai taught me…

Anyone who knows me will know that I will always be partial to this movie because it is my favourite movie of all time. It is also the movie which defines the perfectionist expectations that Chopra gave me. Here are two characters, Pooja and Rahul, who come together by chance and have completely different ideals. Yet in spending time with one another, they grow closer and discover they have real feelings for each other which they then try desperately to overcome. Fate, however, has other ideas. The concept ‘Someone, somewhere is made for you’ was the tagline and the film was filled with gorgeous settings, interesting scenes and beautiful moments; what Chopra does best. This is the odd one out of the lot because despite the myth of soulmates, I still believe! Call me an un-realist… I don’t care!

What Veer-Zaara taught me…

Maybe this should read ‘what Veer-Zaara DIDN’T teach me’… because this film was full of sickly perfection which I quite happily digest over and over every time I watch it. As mesmerising as the actual story of Veer-Zaara is, the main thing that it teaches is that love can be found in the most unlikeliest of places and will stay true to you no matter how many years (and sacrifices) later. In this day and age this couldn’t be more untrue. Veer and Zaara spend decades apart but due to various ins and outs in their tale, they end up living those years apart sacrificing their lives for each other. Wah… so Bollywood and so… perfect! Chopra does it again…

So I guess we all now what what to expect of ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and we all also know that we will wait eagerly for these imperfect perfections because – let’s face it – where would Indian cinema be today without the legendary and romantic direction and vision of the late Yash Chopra. If one could live all of his films again, one wouldn’t think twice… over and over and over again. Thank you Yashji for giving me such expectations but thank you more for showing me that hope, faith, sacrifice and perfection in small proportions should be a way of life. May you always rest in peace… I will always love you!

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