Monday, 24 Feb 2020

'Filmmaker's biggest award is public award'

Yash Chopra is no more. The King of Romance breathed his last on Sunday (Oct 21, 2012) in a Mumbai hospital. In one of his interviews to IBNS correspondent Sreya Basu in recent times, he had said a filmmaker's biggest award is public award. Excerpts

These days we see many fresh faces in the industry...most of them don't even have proper training in acting. What do you have to say about that?

Bollywood is like any other business...anyone can come and join it. But then it is a very competitive business. It's not that if you learn acting or dancing you can make a place for yourself. Only if you have talent you can survive here.

Many of our films are being nominated for international awards; we also have our share in Oscars. Do you think international fame ensures better collection at the Box Office?

The biggest award for a filmmaker is public award. No award is bigger than that. If public likes your film, then it is a hit...else not. And Oscar is not the last ambition of the day. Oscar definitely is a big award and if one gets it, he must feel happy. But for me, no award is bigger than public appreciation.

You have achieved so much in life. Which was the most memorable part you lived so far?

Definitely my college days...I dreamt a lot during my childhood days and achieved even more. Now that when I sit alone, I remember my friends. I belonged to an average middle-class family. I still cherish those fun-filled days with my friends.

Are you still in contact with any of your friends?'s difficult you know. We all are scattered to different places post college...some in Delhi, I in Mumbai...some even out of India. But even today, it feels good when I remember them.

(IBNS | 7 years ago)