Yash Chopra plans to direct next year

New Delhi: Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra is planning to wield the megaphone again in 2011 after a gap of six years.

His last directorial venture was Indo-Pak love story `Veer-Zaara` in 2004, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta.

The 78-year-old director is synonymous with romance in the Indian film industry with his films like `Waqt`, `Kabhi Kabhie`, `Silsila`, `Chandni`, `Lamhe` and `Dil To Pagal Hai`.

"I will be directing a film next year and like my other films, it will be shot in Switzerland," Chopra said without divulging details.

Chopra was in the city to receive `Swiss Ambassador`s Award 2010` for his contribution in promoting Switzerland through his cinema. He was accompanied by his wife and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone.

While Deepika has worked in his home production-Yash Raj films, Chopra said he would love to cast her in his next movie.

He is called the `King of Romance` in Bollywood but Chopra finds Imtiaz Ali most romantic director in the present lot of filmmakers.

"Every director makes a romantic film in his own style. I have my own style. In young breed of directors, I like Imtiaz Ali. ` Jab we met` was a wonderfully romantic
movie."

When asked about his fixation with Switzerland, the filmmaker said, “I honeymooned in Switzerland and then I roamed the whole country by car and that`s when I fell in love with its beauty.”

"There is no bureaucracy, no permission involved. I can shoot my films right after alighting from the plane! There is zero crime. So it is wonderful going there every time."

PTI

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