Ever since The Romantics started streaming on Netflix, it has become the talk of the town. The four-part docu-series, directed by Smriti Mundhra, has explored the legacy of Yash Chopra in a way that has never been done before. The series is a treat for all movie buffs.
However, the most interesting part of the documentary is the interviews conducted with Yash Chopra’s wife – Pamela Chopra. Not much was known about her, however, with the documentary, many interesting details were revealed about her. The Romantics not only focused on the contributions made by Yash Chopra to the Hindi film industry but also the contributions made by Pamela. Let’s take a look at some of the most fascinating ways in which Pamela Chopra shaped not only the director but also the future of Yash Raj Films.
1. The way in which she has always believed in him.
In The Romantics, Pamela recounts those days when the director faced many a sleepless night before the release of his first film as a producer (Daag, 1973). She had always believed in his capabilities even when he wasn’t sure of things.
2. The way in which she has always supported him.
The support which Yash Chopra received from his wife was immense. Anupam Kher recounts the support and importance she had on the director’s life.
3. How she influenced the female perspective in Yash Chopra’s films.
The director often reached out to his wife to understand how the female perspective works. He took pointers from their conversations and added them to his women characters for a nuanced take.
4. Talking about the female perspective, Pamela Chopra wrote one of the most iconic films in the Hindi film industry.
One of the most interesting bits that The Romantics revealed was that Pamela Chopra had written the story of the hit film, Kabhi Kabhie (1976). The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor in lead roles.
5. How both Pamela and Yash Chopra were invested in getting the music right for the film.
Uday Chopra reveals how his parents had a room dedicated to music and how they would spend hours going through different pieces to see what works for the movie. And that is how Yash Chopra’s films always had such good music albums!
6. Pamela Chopra was partly responsible for getting Punjabi music into Hindi films.
In the documentary, Pamela reveals how Yash Chopra knew of her passion for music and how he would invite her to music sittings for his films. It was in one of those sittings that she had sent across a suggestion that has partly shaped the music in films.
7. Pamela was the glue that kept people together.
Pamela was the driving force that made sure everyone in the film industry stood together.
8. Everyone knew she was the better half.
Yash Chopra and Pamela Chopra were a power couple of sorts as Amitabh Bachchan recounts in The Romantics.
Yash Chopra has shaped Hindi cinema the way we see it today. It would not have been possible without the support and talent of his wife, Pamela.