Deewaar changed the landscape of films in terms of how a Hindi hero was presented on the big screen. It made Amitabh Bachchan the biggest star of the era, whereas filmmaker Yash Chopra proved that he can seamlessly direct any genre of movies. Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar once again proved their mettle with the introduction of the ‘angry young man’ genre in Hindi cinema. Turns out, Yash Chopra’s name was suggested by Salim-Javed, as revealed by Amitabh Bachchan in the Netflix documentary The Romantics which celebrates the legacy of Yash Chopra and YRF.
The Romantics: Amitabh Bachchan reveals Salim-Javed suggested Yash Chopra’s name for Deewaar
“Salim-Javed suggested that Yash should direct Deewaar. Now Yash ji by that time had established himself as a director who worked more in beautiful sceneries, but Deewaar was very rugged and one wondered whether he would accept to do something like this,” Bachchan shared.
Salim Khan, who appears in the documentary, said, “Lot of people thought Deewaar is an action film. In Deewaar, there is only one fight scene, otherwise, that was a film of family drama.”
Deewaar kicked off a long list of collaborations between Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan. They went on to work on Kabhi Kabhie, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, and Silsila, among others. The megastar also credited Chopra for reviving his career with the 2000 film Mohabbatein.
The Romantics has been directed by Oscar & Emmy-nominated filmmaker Smriti Mundhra. Netflix, in this four-part docu-series, features 35 leading personalities from the film industry, who have closely worked with YRF through its 50-year glorious existence.
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