News|October 23, 2012 11:36 am

Yashji gave me best films of my career: Sridevi

Bollywood is yet to get back to normalcy after the King of Romance, Yash Chopra’s sudden death. Sridevi, the actress who worked with him in Lamhe and Chandni, describes them as the two best films of her career. Here is what she has to say about the talented man.

I remember him waiting for almost 30 minutes post the English Vinglish premiere just to tell me that he had loved my work. Pam aunty and he patiently waited for everyone to leave and then spoke to me for 15 minutes! The premiere had started late but he didn’t mind waiting. Even at Amitji’s birthday, he came up to me to congratulate me about my comeback. He would call up Boneyji and convey his best wishes.

I am grateful, he gave me Chandni and Lamhe. These films are so special to me. If I have looked my best in these films, all the credit goes to Yashji. My saris and style in Chandni became a big craze. He was a trendsetter in every way. He was so organised that no discussions were needed on the sets. We would know which outfit goes with what scene. He was so involved yet would give us the freedom. He was not bookish. He would never say, jo script mein hai wohi karna hai. He was extremely friendly and childlike, always happy with no ego. I never felt he was an elderly filmmaker. His thoughts were fresh. He was extremely down-to-earth. He would never impose his thoughts on others, probably one of the only directors who listened to his assistant directors and actors. You don’t see this quality in many.

People speak of his romantic films but he was extremely versatile. Nandaji’s Ittefaq (1969) was my favourite film of his. When he announced retirement as a filmmaker, I thought it was a huge loss. I felt bad. I thought he shouldn’t give up like that. I would have loved to work with him again, who wouldn’t?