Parveen Bilal says late Bollywood veteran Yash Chopra had a "soft corner for Pakistan". Bilal came to India to participate at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. Her debut film 'Josh' was screened at the festival recently. A film critic added that Chopra's movies were about love and helped film buffs of both the countries come closer. Most of Chopra's film like 'Kabhi Kabhie' and 'Chandni' were a major hit in Pakistan too.
Bilal expressed her happiness to be in India, but was sad that she won't get to meet her idol Yash Chopra. Bollywood director-producer Yash Chopra passed away at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on Oct 21. The 80-year-old chief of Yash Raj Films (YRF) was suspected to have died of dengue.
Talking about her association with the veteran filmmaker, she said: "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.
"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'."
"I don't know anyone in his family but I will go and pay my respects to him," Bilal said.