Only talent prevails in film industry: Yash Chopra

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Jalandhar, Dec 5 (UNI) Film industry was the only industry where a person was recognised by the talent and not by the caste, creed or religion, eminent film producer and director Yash Chopra said here today.

While talking to media persons here, in response to a query about interference of politics in the film industry, Mr Chopra said, ''There is no politics in film industry and it is the only industry, where talent prevails and not the caste, creed or religion.'' On the recent controversy raked by Madhuri Dixit's come back film 'Aaja Nachle', Mr Chopra, the producer of the film, said it was not his intention to hurt anybody's sentiments and when the controversy was raised, he immidiately tendered the apology and removed the objectionable portion from the title song.

On the superhit sports-based 'Chak De India', Mr Chopra, who was born and brought up here, said to give a boost to hockey, the favourite sport of Punjab, he had decided to do a film on women's hockey, which he said was a neglected lot.

''Chak De India' is now a slogan for every game, even if somebody hits a four in cricket, people shouts, 'Chak De India'', he added.

When asked if he would like to make a Punjabi film, he said, ''I have depicted Punjabi culture, food and folk music in my films and it is the culture, which is important and not the films.'' On his forthcoming ventures, Mr Chopra said that by January next year, a script for new film would be ready and by April, he would start selecting the star cast.

UNI

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