Shades of a Hero
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Ittefaq, Daag, Vijay
That Chopra had an eye for the stars is evident from the fact that he worked with Rajesh Khanna much before he earned the 'superstar' tag. In a thriller, titled Ittefaq, Chopra made Khanna portray the role of a neurotic who is blamed for his wife's murder. Soon after, when Khanna's superhit Aradhana made him an overnight superstar, Chopra took stock of Khanna's romantic image and cast him in a musical love triangle Daag and in the multi-starrer family drama Vijay.
Deewaar, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Kaala Patthar, Silsila
The angry young man was called Vijay and the romantic hero was called Amit in all of Chopra's films with Bachchan. Deewaar, Trishul and Kaala Patthar showcased Bachchan's angst towards the society at large and earned him the tag of 'angry young man'. Chopra, who saw Bachchan as a complete actor, also projected the actor's softer side through romantic dramas such as Kabhi Kabhie and Silsila.
Deewaar, Kaala Patthar, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Waqt
The first time Chopra worked with Kapoor was in Dharamputra. So impressed was he with Kapoor's work ethics that Chopra continued to cast him in his future films. Kapoor, more often than not, played second fiddle to Bachchan. It was perhaps Chopra's directorial skills that gave Kapoor his career's best roles — from the righteous police officer Ravi in Deewaar to the happy-go-lucky, understanding husband Vijay in Kabhi Kabhie, the peace-loving engineer in Kaala Patthar and the cheerful Shekhar in Trishul. When it came to Kapoor, Chopra's moulding qualities were impeccable.
Kabhi Kabhie, Vijay, Chandni
He was christened the romantic hero soon after the release of his debut film Bobby. But Chopra played an important role in taking his romantic image forward — first in Kabhi Kabhie and then in Vijay. But Kapoor's biggest test as a romantic hero came with Chandni, where he showcased a range of emotions — from being a lover boy to playing the exasperated paralytic.
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