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Yash Chopra to hang up his boots post Jab Tak...

Yash Chopra to hang up his boots post Jab Tak...
Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra, who turned 80 Thursday, talked about his journey in the show business with superstar Shah Rukh Khan in a heart-to-heart televised chat. He announced in the chat that he will not be directing any more films after Jab Tak Hain Jaan.

‘Bahut ho gaya abhi. My heart says bahut ho gaya abhi. I will not direct any other film after Jab Tak Hain Jaan. I have got lot of love in all these years. I think now the time has come to pay back. I want to help directors, actors, technicians who I could not help all these years,’ said Chopra.

Chopra said his family wanted him to become an engineer but he knew he wanted to direct films.‘My mother said do what your heart says. She gave me Rs 200 and said my blessings are with you. Go ahead and don’t worry,’ recalled Chopra, who is about to release a new film —
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
— in November. 

Shah Rukh, who interviewed Yash Chopra made him sing: Oh meri zohra jabin... from his 1965 film Waqt. Shah Rukh, who has been an integral part of Yash Raj Films for the past 20 years and stars in Jab Tak Hain Jaan, said he was saddened by Chopra’s decision.

‘I feel sad but great people decide when they want to finish... For years I have worked with Yashji. This is a moment of happy sadness. We are happy that we are part of that film which made you happy,’ he said.

Terming it a moment of history for himself, Shah Rukh said he felt very touched.Chopra said his elder brother, BR Chopra, was like a father figure.

‘This was the most emotional phase of my life. BR Chopra is my father, guru, guide. And I’m sitting here just because of him and no one else. I wanted to fly on my own wings,’ he said.

Shah Rukh said Chopra was one of the few directors who made two superhit films simultaneously — Deewar [1975] and Kabhi Kabhi [1976]. ‘Till today, Deewar is one script which is flawless. I thought Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor were best. They were punctual and I could depend on them. Kabhi Kabhi was the most enjoyable film I made,’ Chopra said. 
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