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2012-10-31Remembering Yash Chopra’s complex and critical filmsblogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2012/10/31/remembering-yash-chopras-complex-and-critical-films/Dr Shakuntala Banaji asks whether future audiences of Hindi cinema are to be denied the creative andpolitically charged offerings of Yash Chopra’s early oeuvre.Yash Chopra, India’s legendary Hindi film-maker and director, died on October 21 and his passing is being mournedin private and public by family, friends, and fans. Here in London, he is being remembered at the School of Orientaland African Studies, where he was an honorary fellow, and tributes to him have been pouring out across the internet.International scholars watching some of the more vapid contemporary romances released under the YashRaj Filmsbanner might be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about.After all, there have been other notable deaths this year amongst the international intellectual community, forinstance that of British historian Eric Hobsbawm. Hobsbawm...