Yashji was a father figure: Saif Ali Khan

By Hindustan Times

MUMBAI, Oct. 25 -- My mother (Sharmila Tagore) was always fond of Yashji (Yash Chopra). I believe he was her escort during the premiere of Aradhana (1969) or some other film around the same time when she was pregnant with me.

When I met Yashji for the first time, I was already in a lot of trouble in the film industry. I had got myself thrown out of my first film. I was also married to Amrita Singh then, so no so one actually wanted to sign me up as they were concerned what my future in the film industry would be like.

It was Yashji, who, displaying the same maverick streak that made him a unique filmmaker, showed his kindheartedness by signing me as one of the leads in Parampara (1993). That's when we actually started interacting.

Yash Chopra with Saif

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