The scenic beauty of Switzerland has been the most signature aspect of Yash Chopra’s films. His love for its meadows and snow peaks is not well known just in Bollywood, but even the Swiss acknowledge it!
Recently, as a mark of gratitude and salutations the Swiss government decided to honour the late film-maker with the installation of his bronze statue in the scenic city of Interlaken. A sculpture made of pure bronze, and weighing about 350 kg presents Yash Chopra in an iconic pose of him directing a film, has been installed at the heart of Interlaken, inside the Kursaal area, near the Congress Centre which is a prime, popular spot with tourists. Yash Chopra’s wife Pamela Chopra accompanied by his daughter-in-law Rani Mukerji, unveiled the special statue of the veteran film-maker leaning on a film camera, deep in thought. Several Ministers and senior bureaucrats from the Swiss government also attended the inauguration event that was organised by Interlaken Tourism and Jungfrau Railways.
A statement said “Mr Chopra, who began a legacy of South Asian tourists flocking to Switzerland, loved to spend time in the country whose natural beauty and warm hospitality mark the association that Yash Raj Films shares with the country”.
Chopra, who opened a legacy of South Asian tourists flocking to Switzerland, also loved to spend time in the country besides shooting his movies.
This is not the first time the film-maker has been honoured in this way. In 2011, the government of Interlaken awarded the legendary film-maker with the honorary title of ‘Ambassador of Interlaken’, and Jungfrau Railways had a train named after him - an honour shared only with the railway's founder, Adolf Guyer. The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken had also named a suite after the legendary film-maker who is known and loved for films such as ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ and ‘Silsila’.