Don’t use the term ‘Bollywood’, says Smriti Mundhra of ‘The Romantics’

The Netflix docu-series showcases the impact of YRF films in shaping India’s pop culture for the past 50 years.

Smriti Mundhra is an Indian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has previously been nominated by Oscar & Emmy-nominated and will be returning to Netflix after the phenomenal success of Indian Matchmaking and the Never Have I Ever franchise.

The Romantics, released on Feb 14, is a tribute to the father of romance – Yash Chopra – in Hindi cinema.

This docu-series is Smriti’s vision to dive into the history of Hindi cinema through the lens of YRF – India’s biggest and mightiest production house which is home to the country’s biggest IP’s like DDLJ, Tiger, Pathaan, War, Dhoom, etc.

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Interview Courtesy: MindBlowingFilms (@mindblowingfilms)

This global docu-series that is a tribute to Yash Chopra, who is regarded as the ‘Father of Romance’ in India because of his iconic romantic films like Silsila, Lamhe, Kabhi Kabhie, Veer-Zaara, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Chandni, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, etc.

The docu-series showcases the impact of YRF films in shaping India’s pop culture for the past 50 years and Aditya Chopra’s vision of building the first and only studio in India – YRF.

Smriti Mundhra spent a great deal of time before she started filming this documentary. She was in India and she researched on the history of Yash Raj Films before shooting the documentary.

Smriti interviewed 35 leading personalities from the Hindi film industry, including mega-stars like Aamir Khan to Salman Khan, from Shah Rukh Khan to Ranbir Kapoor, from Amitabh Bachchan to Ranveer Singh, from Rani Mukerji to Hrithik Roshan, from Katrina Kaif to Anushka Sharma, who have worked with the production house over the past 50 years.

Smriti also managed to convince Aditya Chopra for his first-ever video interview which sure must have been a mammoth task. (The docu-series traces back on how Aditya Chopra always wanted to be a filmmaker, how he assisted Yash Chopra on many films before he made his debut as a director with DDLJ and how he had a sharp acumen for film-making). Aditya Chopra’s last interview was in 1995 for a film magazine (print).

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The Romantics showcases the last interview of the iconic star, Rishi Kapoor who can be seen candidly talking about his deep relationship with Yash Chopra and what made their combination one of the most cherished director-actor duo of India.

The docu-series brings to the forefront how all the stars do not like the term ‘Bollywood’ and how they expressed their displeasure over it.

Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Salman Khan to share screen space in a project for the first-time ever and it’s for The Romantics to talk about YRF’s legacy in shaping Indian cinema and culture.

The global docu-series is available for people to watch in 192 countries!