Yash Chopra has been invited as a member of the International Jury of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival this year. This is a significant marker acknowledging India’s place in World Cinema. The Berlin Festival is the second most prestigious in the world after Cannes.
Yash Chopra is the first Bollywood personality in 25 years to have been given this honour.
Yash Chopra’s latest directorial masterpiece, “Veer-Zaara”, had got the prestigious recognition of being selected as one of the films to be screened at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival last year (2005), in the “International Forum of New Cinema” section.
Yash Chopra’s ode to unswerving love, “Veer-Zaara” was shown last year to sell out crowds and many film enthusiasts – be they Germans, Afghans, Iranians, Indians or Pakistanis were seen outside the theatre showing his film weeping because they were unable to get a seat. Both the screenings of “Veer-Zaara” saw an unprecedented response from the full capacity audience, with even the tough German men reaching for their handkerchiefs, as they all continued to clap throughout the end credits, after a 3 hour visual treat of colour, dance and fabulous performances riding on a wave of emotions that left them spell bound.
“It’s a great honour for me to be on the Berlin Festival’s international jury. After showing “Veer-Zaara”, this acknowledges the whole body of my work,’’ said Yash Chopra, on being selected to be a part of the esteemed jury of the 56th Berlinale, which is chaired by the well known British actress Charlotte Rampling and also comprises well known names from International Cinema.