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CNN’s The Scene features the Godfather of Indian Film Industry, Yash Chopra
CNN International’s second edition of the interactive series of city profiles, The Scene heads to Mumbai to meet the legend filmmaker and one of the most charismatic and powerful directors in the Indian film industry, Yash Chopra. The vignette will be aired on CNN International during CNN Today (04:30-07:30; 09:30-12:30 IST), Business International (12:30-13:30; 1530-1600 IST) and Your World Today (1930-23:30 IST) throughout the week starting May 29, 2006.
Producer and director, Yash Chopra talks about his career as a filmmaker, the city he lives and works in Mumbai, his memories of Mumbai, favourite films, intellectual bankruptcy in Bollywood and much more on The Scene
It was 60 years ago, when he was in college that Yash Chopra decided to be a filmmaker. His brother, B. R. Chopra taught him filmmaking and gave him a chance in 1958. The legend was given first directorial opportunity with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959. With many hits to his credit, Yash Chopra is arguably India’s most successful director.
While talking about the Mumbai city where he had spent most of the time living and working said, â€œBombay means everything to me. I have been in Bombay for the last 54 years; it is man’s life. Here I came as a young boy with dreams and visions. I had lights in my eyes. This city has given me everything, my dreams, respect, money, my name. I’m proud of being Punjabi but professionally everything I have achieved is in Bombay. These roads, these places, I can’t see what has changed because when you live in the same place the change around you is so slow that you don’t notice. But there’s been great change.”
â€œMumbai is infectious, once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don’t think you can live anywhere else, he further added.
The Scene is built around a weekly series of city short films, each hosted by a personality associated with that city. CNN’s on air viewers and online users are invited to submit their views about the featured personalities and cities at a dedicated website, which has an array of interactive features. Users can also access the micro-site from their mobile phones where they can then view the latest episode.