In 2021, you name Yash Chopra and many around you will have the title ‘King of Romance’ with him and if it is a part of his legacy, no one can forget that this guy played a huge role in turning Amitabh Bachchan into a symbol, he may eventually be twice. The ‘angry young man’ came from the words of Salim-Javed but he came to life best with Yash Chopra. It’s not. Focusing on the words of Salim-Javed in Deewar, the director brought to life the subtle Amit from Silsila torn between love and duty. Once Amitabh was looking to resurrect his career after bankruptcy, he was the man he called. On the occasion of Yash Chopra’s 89th birthday, I look back on his contributions Amitabh Bachchan It has both to explore their creativity and to tell subtle stories.
Exact image – Deewar
Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan collaborated for the first time Diwar of 1975. Bachchan was a star after the birth of ‘Bachchan young man’ after the 1973 film Zanjeer. He was a new star on the block in those days, but looking back, it was the 1975 film Deewar that portrayed him as a superstar. In a conversation with Shah Rukh Khan on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Chopra revealed that when he first read Deewar, it was the best script he had ever read. “There is nothing wrong with that (script),” he said. Deewar, written by Salim-Javed, is still considered one of the best films in Hindi cinema. But, this is not always what Amitabh intended.
In a 1976 interview with Jyoti Venkatesh of Dreamstar Magazine, Chopra revealed that producer Gulshan Roy had signed on to Rajesh Khanna, but after reading Deewar, they knew that no one but Amitabh was right for the role. “Gulshan Roy has signed Rajesh Khanna for his next film. But when we got the Deewar script, we unanimously felt that only Amitabh could do full justice to the character. The film that Rajesh was supposed to do was later discontinued,” he shared at the time. Shared that he continues to be a person.
Intergeneration story – Kabhi Kabhi
With Deewar, Amitabh’s image was printed as an ‘angry young man’, but while Yash was making this serious hero anti-film, he was overwhelmed with a mature romance in Kabhi Kabhi. YRF’s Kabhi Kabhi Deewar was released a year later but the two films were shot simultaneously. Kabhi Kabhie is a collective film that boasts of names like Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rakhi, Neetu Singh, Waheeda Rehman and Rishi Kapoor, but every part of the character is well thought out by Chopra and his wife Pamela Chopra (credited as the author).
In an interview with SRK, Chopra said that he shot Deewar and Kabhi Kabhie at the same time and was interested in starring in both Amitabh and Shashi because he knew that with their punctuality and commitment he would be totally dependent on them.
A few days before the release of Kabhi Kabhie, Chopra told Venkatesh, “Amitabh Bachchan is a very good artist. But unfortunately, he typecast himself today as an ‘angry young man’. In fact, I do not deny that I was even partially blamed, because I played an angry young man in Dewar, which gave Philip his career after Zanjeer. In Kabhi Kabhi, Amit is breaking new ground. He is underestimating his character. You can see the romantic and serious side of Amitabh’s face. I know it is dangerous for Amitabh to act in a different mold after he has earned a star image for himself, but I think it is a thrill to risk and succeed.
A few years later, Amitabh wrote about working with Yash on his blog and said that the experience was just like a picnic. “Working with Yashji is always a picnic. Casual, relaxed and humorously filed and eating delicious food. He encouraged the families of the artists with them at the shoot destination. It will always be the same whether it is Pune, Kashmir, Amsterdam or Delhi,” he wrote.
Continuing Success – Trishul, Kala Pattar
With these two different successes, the collaboration between Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan is off to a great start. Soon, they worked in Trishul and Kala Pattar. Like Deewar, Trishul was also produced by Gulshan Roy and written by Salim-Javed. By the time the film came out, it had Amitabh Sholay, Mukhaddar Ka Sikander, Amar Akbar Antony, Parwarish, Don and many other hits. Amitabh’s Vijay is an anti-hero who tried to get revenge on his mother.
The YRF’s timeline is made on a large scale and is based on the mining disaster story. In this regard Amitabh is his usual brilliant self, but here, Shatrughan Sinha’s Mangal has gone away with all the praise.
The biggest casting uprising – Silsila
During that time, their last collaboration was in the form of the 1981 film Silsila. Yash dragged the casting revolt with this but the way he removed it is the same epic story he shared in the same SRK interview. Yash reveals that he has co-starred with Amitabh in Parveen Bobby and Smita Patil, but is not really confident with the cast. When discussing the film with Amitabh in Srinagar, the actor asked him if he was happy with all the things and then Yash shared his dream cast line and Jaya Bachchan.
Amitabh suggested that they go back to Mumbai and the director talk to the two actors. The ladies immediately agreed and shooting began in another two days. Yash mentioned that he had spoken to the trio separately and told them that he did not want any antics on his set and they promised that the shoot would be without any trouble, as well as it happened. Off-screen gossip about Amitabh and Rekha peaked at the time, but the cast that Ash admired did the best they could for the film.
Although Silsila was not fully accepted at the time, the film found the following in the years that followed.
AB returns with Mohabbatein
For many years after Silsila, the two never worked together. The 80s were a lean phase for the YRF, but they bounced back with Chandni, and by the 90s Amitabh had moved into a different sphere with ABCL. His company was struggling financially and eventually went bankrupt. Amitabh met Yash and everything went well.
In the memorable phase of India Today in 2016, Amitabh said, “I had a huge financial failure in the corporation I started. It went bankrupt and it made me bankrupt. “When he weighed his options, ‘you sit back and say’ What can I do? ‘ And I said, ‘You’re an actor. Go back to acting, the same as I did. I went to Yash ji and told him I had no job. I want. “And how did Mohabbatein happen. The film was produced by Yash Chopra and directed by Aditya Chopra, who is directing his second feature after Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
The popular director-actor duo last worked together on Yash’s Veer Zara. Although Amitabh played a minor role in the film, it is still a memorable role.
While both Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan had successful films without each other, their collaborations in the 1970s pushed them to success, which eventually became symbols of today.