Internationally recognised Pakistani director Iram Parveen Bilal, Who has just returned home from India, said that Late Bollywood director Yash Chopra had a soft corner for pakistan, and he was an inspiration for her in directional field and due to him she plunged into into filmmaking after her graduation for an Engineering college.
Iram Said in an interview,”I have always been a big nerd and I was selected to go to the Asian Olympiad of Physics. But my parents and me always loved Bollywood films. I have been brought up in Nigeria and Pakistan and I grew up watching films like ‘Silsila’, ‘Kabhi Kabhie’, ‘Chandni’.”
Iram’s debut film Josh is the only film from Pakistan which was to be featured at 14th Mumbai film festival, she was happy about her movie’s selection in the festival but was heart broken, as she could not meet her idol Yash Copra again.
“I have a long love history with Mumbai. I came here for the first time in 2004… Every time I came here, I met Yashji. No matter how busy he was, he would take out 5-10 minutes for me. He used to give me his pearls of wisdom. But the fact that he is no more and I won’t be able to meet him is heartbreaking,” she said while taking about her association with the legendary director.
she also said ,”He (Chopra) was born in Lahore so he always had a soft corner for Pakistan. I was here when ‘Veer-Zaara’ released and it was a friend of a friend who introduced me to him. He welcomed me with open arms. He was a humble man who wanted to inspire people. I took advice from him and he always said in Raj Kapoor’s style, ‘The show must go on’.”