Yash Chopra's 81st birthday was celebrated in a grand style by his wife, Pamela Chopra. This was the late filmmakers first birthday post his demise. A ramp walk was arranged and actresses who have been part of his films took part in it. The event was headlined by Yash Chopra's favourite, Shahrukh Khan.
Shahrukh was the showstopper at the event and he walked the ramp with every actress. He thanked Pamela Chopra for thinking of something unique to celebrate her late husband's birthday and said it is only possible because of her that all his evergreen heroines are under one roof.
Shahrukh was quoted as saying, "If Yashji was present, he would have said, 'They are all looking so beautiful, now you handle them'. Yashji was and will always remain my favourite director and no one can take his place. I really miss him and hope that wherever he is, he is in a happy place with lots of peace. I feel really special to be associated with such a great filmmaker for so long."
The actresses were dressed in the attire of their hit movies and songs were being played from Chopra's films while they walked the ramp. The heroines remembered the filmmaker on his birthday and also shared their fond memories of the director. Present at the event were Rekha, Anushka Sharma, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Sridevi, Katrina Kaif, Madhuri Dixit, Parineeti Chopra and Juhi Chawla.
Go through the slides to see the pics of the event and what bollywood stars had to say about Yash Chopra.
Preity said that the way Yash Chopra showed emotions and love on the screen was different from everyone and wished him a happy birthday.
Shahrukh walked the ramp with every actress and shared his memories of the late director.
Katrina said " Ladies used to love Yashji as he never gave importance to what you are wearing but how you are as a person."
Rani also shared her memories of the late director and said, "I still remember that each year on his birthday I used to make a cake for him. Last year I could not do so as I was busy but i still miss him and love him a lot."
Anushka said, "I feel fortunate that I was able to work with Yashji in his last film. I got a lot of inspiration from him and I will remember him forever."
Parineeti said, "Of all the actress present here, I am the only one to miss out on working with Yashji. But I have lots of memories of him like going for lunch together, getting a call from him early morning. Yashji will stay with us forever."
Rekha said, "Yashji was such a beautiful person that it is impossible to forget him. I want to thank you for making me who i am today. Happy birthday Yashji."
Juhi said, "I still remember that when I was new to the industry, people used to give me side roles. Then Yashji offered me Chandni and signed me as a lead for Darr. Last time I met was at Amitabh Bachchan's party. I want to thank Pam aunty for organising his birthday in such a way."
Maduri said, "The first time I met him he came off as a very energetic and warm person. The way he used to explain the character it was like everything is in front of my eyes. While shooting for Dil To Pagal Hai he told me that i knew you were my Maya. We will remember you jab tak hai jaan, jab tak hai jaan."
Katrina was the lead actress of Yash Chopra's last Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Shahrukh has worked the most with Yash Chopra. He starred in Darr, Dil To Pagal Hai, Veer Zaara and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
SRK was the showstopper at the event and he also walked the ramp with every actress.
Shahrukh and Madhuri starred together in Dil To Pagal Hai.