He has weaved magic on silver screen for close to five decades. Yash Chopra, the maestro of epic love stories has redefined love and passion for the Indian audience with his films. No director has presented the heroine the way Yash Chopra has. She is sensual, pristine and simply beautiful in Yashji’s films. Here we look at some of Yashji’s beautiful leading ladies who redefined the quintessential Indian beauty.
Yash Chopra made ‘Daag’ at the peak of Rajesh Khanna’s popularity. Cashing in on the hit Jodi of Shamila Tagore-Rajesh Khanna, he cast Rakhee as well in this love triangle. Sharmila, who had already worked with Yash Chopra in ‘Waqt’, played Sonia to perfection in ‘Daag’. The film saw Sharmila playing a jilted heartbroken woman who discovers that her dead husband is still alive and living with another woman.
The beautiful pristine valleys of Kashmir, beautiful poetry of Harivansh rai Bachchan and the beautiful Rakhee being romanced by Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Kabhi Kabhi’- stuff that cult classics are made of. The Bengali light eyed beauty was presented in the most unconventional way in the film and viewers got to see her in the most glamorous avatar ever.
In ‘Silsila’ she redefined sensuality. When Amitabh Bachchan crooned ‘Neela Aasman’ to a shy Rekha, an entire generation heaved a sigh. Her pastel salwar kameez, long flowing dark hair and kohl eyes was copied. Yash Chopra revamped Rekha’s looks. The woman who was till then seen in loud colours and makeup, looked ethereal in ‘Silsila’.
Sridevi’s image changed after Chandni. The coloured bindi, the chiffon sarees, the long tresses all made her the absolute diva. Chandni redefined Sridevi’s career and the way the audience perceived her. And with ‘Lamhe’ another of Yash Chopra’s production, Sridevi got labeled as the perfect beauty of Indian cinema who the audience just couldn’t get enough of.
By now, pastels and chiffons had become a trademark of Yash Raj films. Madhuri Diixit appeared in ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’ as Pooja, the dreamer who believed that ‘someone somewhere is made for you’. The vivacious beauty was seen dancing and emoting in this love triangle starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri and Karisma Kapoor. A talented dancer, the film also showcased her as a professional dancer. Who can forget the scene where Madhuri’s jugalbandi on the dance floor with SRK playing the drums.
Yash Chopra has always had a knack of capturing the actual true beauty of the leading ladies. When Juhi Chawla signed ‘Darr’, she was already an established actress yet the audience somewhat rediscovered her in a new way in the film. Shah Rukh Khan played a obsessed stalker to K..K…K…Kiran (Juhi Chawla) in this gripping tale of love and passion. Remember the blowouts of Juhi’s pictures in SRK’s room, she looked absolutely breathtaking in them!
She won a national award for her role in ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’. But more than her acting, audience flipped over her beauty. Karisma Kapoor natural flawless complexion was highlighted in the film. Karisma played a vivacious Nisha who loved dance and the film’s hero, Rahul(SRK ) the most in her life.
Even though Kajol never starred in a Yash Chopra directed film, the actress portrayed the typical Yash Raj film heroine in Aditya Chopra’s ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’. The shy, submissive hopelessly romantic Simran danced in the rain wearing white, romanced her hero in the mustard fields and played the perfect daughter ready to get married to a man chosen by her parents.
Aishwarya Rai is known for a beauty all over the world. And when Aditya Chopra cast her in ‘Mohabbatien’ we knew her role and her look will be remembered for years to come. Ash had a cameo in the film and played Amitabh’s daughter who was torn between her lover and her father’s strict values. Ash also played the sexy thief in Yash Raj’s ‘Dhoom 2’ where she donned the bikini for the first time and looked the absolute sultry seductress.
From ‘Saathiya’ to ‘Hum Tum’ to ‘Veer Zara’, Rani has played varied roles, donned different looks, each unique and very different from the other. Rumoured to be dating Aditya Chopra, Rani has been a favourite of Yash Raj banner for many years now. Each time the heroine has had author backed roles and each time she has mesmerized the audience with her smile, a performance.
The film ‘Veer Zara’ was pivotal in many ways. First, it narrated a tale of Indo-Pak love story, it had Yashji donning the director’s hat after a long time and it managed to help shed Preity Zinta’s bubbly girlnext door image. As Zara, Preity delivered a restrain performance. Dressed strictly in traditional attires throughout the film, Preity exude charm and sensual beauty as Pakistani girl deeply in love with an Indian.
Anushka Sharma was one of the few fortunate newcomers in 2009 to get a dream launch with a Yash Raj banner film. She was paired opposite King Khan in her debut film with a meaty role in Aditya Chopra’s ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ followed up with ‘Badmaash Company’ and ‘Band Baaja Baarat’. While she played a traditional Punjabi kudi in ‘Rab Ne..’ she will be seen playing a vivacious documentary filmmaker in YashChopra’s next ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’.
Leading heroine of present time, Katrina Kaif will be seen playing a pivotal role in Yash Chopra’s ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. The film marks a comeback for Yash Chopra as a director after 8 long years. The promos show Katrina dressed in Manish Malhota outfit, pastels dominate her look making her part of the quintessential heroine of YRF.