Throwback Thursday! When Yash Chopra directed former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee for music video

The condition of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has worsened over the past 24 hours and he has been put on life-support system, the AIIMS said in a statement today. Hence, the entire nation is praying for the former PM of India. Amid all, we came across with a throwback picture of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had been directed by late director Yash Chopra.

Reportedly, Mr late. Yash Chopra got a rare distinction of directing the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for a music video ‘Kya Khoya Kya Paaya’. ‘Samvedna’, a music album released by Saregama, is a collection of poems written by Mr Vajpayee, which is composed and sung by ghazal exponent Jagjit Singh. There is a preface to the album by Amitabh Bachchan, which is written by Javed Akhtar.

The music video was directed by Yash Chopra was shot in 2 days and also featured Shah Rukh Khan, who personified the poet’s thoughts. The Prime Minister received the first copy of the album after sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar released it on 10 February 2002 at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. The album is interspersed with his narrative, explaining his feelings behind each poem that were written during the Emergency.

On his debut as an actor, the former PM had said: “Yash Chopra suddenly came into my room and said that he would like to direct me to which I replied ‘I am ready to place myself in your hands and will do whatever you direct’. I have always been an admirer of his work”.

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