On the request of late filmmaker Yash Chopra’s production house, the veteran’s nomination for Best Director category was removed in the Zee Cine Awards 2013 that was held on January 6. In 2005, Chopra had won the best director’s award for Veer Zaara and had requested not to be nominated anymore in this category as he wanted the young directors to get an opportunity to come in the limelight. It was his way of promoting and encouraging new talent.
Sources say that while his production house considered it an honour for Chopra to be nominated in the Best Director category, but in keeping with his wishes, they requested the channel to withdraw his name. Respecting the legend’s wish, the channel removed his nomination.
The final list included Anurag Basu-Barfi!, Karan Malhotra-Agneepath, Sujoy Ghosh-Kahaani, Anurag Kashyap-Gangs of Wasseypur, Rohit Shetty- Bol Bachchan.
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