Mumbai: Sridevi, in her prime made millions hearts skip a beat with her beauty, thanks to the cinematic genius of Yash Chopra. The evergreen actress still finds it hard to cope with the fact that the man who gave her two of the best films of her career is no more. She thanked Yash ji profusely for casting her in ‘Chandni’ and ‘Lamhe’.
Yash Chopra’s immaculate sense of portraying his heroines like a dream paid of incredibly in the form of Sridevi’s worldwide acclaim. The actress, who made her comeback with ‘English Vinglish’ recently, remembers the ‘The King of Romance’ as someone who was a trendsetter in every way.
Pouring her heart out for the departed soul, Sridevi said to a daily, “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.”
Talking about his style of work, Sridevi said, “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 (do as the script says). 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.”
“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”, she added.