Doha film fest pays tribute to Bollywood legend

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A scene from Yash Chopra's Till I Breathe This Life.

A scene from Yash Chopra's Till I Breathe This Life.

Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) has announced that its 2012 edition will pay tribute to Bollywood film maker Yash Chopra.

The festival, which runs from November 17-24, will screen two films helmed by Chopra, including his swansong, Till I Breathe This Life (Jab Tak Hai Jaan).

It will celebrate his illustrious career that spanned over 50 years.

Starring Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has a huge following among Arab film-lovers, as well as Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, the film is one of the highly anticipated movies at this year's festival and will be screened on November 20.

In addition to the gala presentation, a complimentary screening of the movie will also take place for the local construction workforce at Gulf Cinemas, one of the oldest screening venues in Qatar.

DTFF 2012 will also screen the 1995 blockbuster The Brave Heart Will Take the Bride (Diwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge), produced by Yash Chopra, and directed by his son Aditya Chopra.

Regarded as the director who redefined romance in Indian cinema, Chopra has over 40 credits to his name as a producer, and over 20 as a director.

He has won more than 18 awards for his direction and scripting in addition to various honorary titles conferred by global film organisations.

Indian film talent will also have significant presence at the Festival, with actor Anupam Kher starring in David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, which will play in the ‘Special Screenings’ segment.

DTFF 2012 will open with the Middle East premiere of Mira Nair’s latest cinematic offering, The Reluctant Fundamentalist on November 17 and will showcase a total of more than 87 films.

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