The late Yash Chopra is known for having shot his films in foreign locales, and often had strong ties with several countries, where he is greatly respected for his contributions. So it came as no surprise when the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne wanted to pay special tribute to him. The Victorian Government bestowed upon him the honourary title of “Father of Contemporary Indian Cinema” as a mark of his association with the region and his continued support of the festival.
His wife, Pamela, went on his behalf and was present at the opening night of the festival. She was requested to sing a few lines, and Aunty Pam – as she’s known – obliged, humming a few words from Veer Zaara. She received a standing ovation for this, and the director of the festival called it a “very special, warm moment.”
On her part, Pamela Chopra said, “Yashji had a close connection with the IFFM. He was happy to support it as he believed in promoting Indian films in foreign countries. I am grateful to the festival and the Victorian government for this honor and happy to travel to Melbourne to collect the same and keep the support and connection alive.”