Pam Chopra to attend Yash Chopra tribute event in London


Pam Chopra, wife of the late great filmmaker Yash Chopra will be making an appearance at the 16th annual Tongues on Fire London Asian Film Festival, at an event dedicated to the life and the cinemas of her husband. The event is scheduled to take place on the 7th of June. Pam will be seen in a discussion with Rachel Dwyer, biographer of Yash Chopra and a professor of School of Oriental and African Studies in London who teaches about Indian cinema and culture. The venue for the event is London’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts of which Yash Chopra was a lifetime member. He was the first Indian who was given the honor. Another added attraction of the event is the appearance of veteran actor Anupam Kher. Kher has acted in many of Chopra’s films and among them ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, ‘Lamhe’ and ‘Veer-Zara’ are the most notable.

The legendary director was fond of Britain, especially the city of London which has prominently featured in several of his films like ‘Lamhe’, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. One of the organizers of the festival, Pushpinder Chowdhry said in a statement -“His love for Britain is evident in his iconic films like ‘Lamhe’ and ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ as he leaves behind a unique legacy of visual aesthetics that continue to inspire a new generation of filmmakers,”.  Chopra’s work and legacy is well recognized in the UK. Shortly after his death Rachel Dwyer wrote- “The work of Yash Chopra is one of the glories of Indian film, his career bridging the Hindi cinema of the 1950s and the globalising India of today. Nothing made him happier than making films; then having his family and friends around him for a great meal: Family, films and food. His wife Pamela was the centre of his world and his strength.”

Apart from the conversation between Pam and Dwyer, the event will consist the screening of two documentaries on Yash Chopra. One documentary will take the audience on an overview of Chopra’s Bollywood career. The other documentary is ‘The Master Stroke’, directed by award winning documentary maker Vinky Singh. The film will showcase how Chopra successfully used the ‘Navarasa’ (nine main emotional themes of Indian art) in his films. It also focuses on the great music that became a signature of Yash Chopra films. Altogether the evening is set to become unforgettable for film lovers.


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