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Two of the topmost institutes in the world – Harvard & FTII to celebrate Yash Chopra & YRF’s unmatched legacy!

The much-talked-about Netflix docu-series The Romantics, which is a tribute to the legacy of Yash Chopra & YRF and their cultural impact on India and Indians for the past 50 years, was released on Feb 14 to unanimous acclaim and love globally. 

The national over-pouring of love for Yash Chopra and YRF was evident as The Romantics became the Number 1 trending title on Netflix within 48 hours of its drop, a rare feat for a documentary. The Romantics is also in the Top 10 trending shows in 9 countries, including Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Mauritius, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka & UAE! 

Such is the appeal of the docu-series on Yash Chopra and YRF’s contribution to cinema and shaping India’s pop culture for decades that The Romantics will be screened for the students of the prestigious Harvard University!

While the Harvard screening will happen on Tuesday, Feb 28th, the Film, and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune – the country’s topmost institution to study cinema – has decided to make The Romantics part of their curriculum! The docu-series has been included in the Winter Film Appreciation Course and students of the institute will watch, dissect and debate Yash Chopra’s cinema and Aditya Chopra’s brand of film-making!

The Romantics has been directed by Oscar & Emmy-nominated filmmaker Smriti Mundhra, who returns to Netflix after the phenomenal success of Indian Matchmaking and the Never Have I Ever franchise.

She confirms the developments saying, “As a former film student, I studied the work of auteurs from all over the world. It always bothered me that my peers and I weren’t taught about the great filmmakers of Indian cinema. The Romantics is my attempt to shed light on the craft, journey, and global impact of one of our most revered directors, Yash Chopra, and the generation of filmmakers and moviegoers he influenced.”

Smriti adds, “I’m so pleased to join two of the topmost institutes of the world – Harvard and FTII – for a screening and robust discussion of The Romantics with students and put Yash Chopra in his rightful place as one of the world’s great auteurs.’

From 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, the mega-stars and icons of Hindi cinema have come together and spoken about Yash Chopra and YRF’s contribution to Indian cinema in The Romantics.

Netflix, in this four-part docu-series, will also feature 35 leading personalities from the film industry, who have closely worked with YRF through its 50-year glorious existence.

YRF is currently at an all-time high as of their latest release Pathaan. It is now the number one Hindi film worldwide and has become the biggest all-time blockbuster in the history of Hindi cinema with a worldwide gross collection currently at 1012 crore!

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