Born: September 27, 1932
Birthplace : Lahore, Pakistan
Died : October 21, 2012, Mumbai, India
Wiki – Yash Raj Chopra was one of the popular film directors of Indian Cinema. He was also a good script writer and film producer who recently passed away on 21st October 2012. He came from a Hindu Punjabi family who was born in Lahore in 1932, while his father was accountant in PWD department during the British Punjab Administration. In 1945, the Chopras shifted to Jalandhar wherein he continued his education at Doabra College Jalandhar. He then headed to Ludhiana in Punjab after the partition of the country to pursue his engineering studies, however, his love for film making led him finally to the B-Town wherein he worked as assistant director and then involved in his brother B R Chopra’s film making business.
Biography – As said above, Yash Chopra started his career as asst director to IS Johar and was BR Chopra’s elder brother. His first movie as director was Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, which was basically a melodrama talking about illegitimacy, while the other one was Dharamputra in 1961. Soon his popularity rose as he produced some of the best movies, which started with the successful film called Waqt in 1965 wherein he embarked with the concept of ensemble casts in the film industry. In 1973, he founded his own company known as Yash Raj Films and its first movie was Daag in the very same year. It was a big hit, which helped in produce more hits of the 70’s including Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie and Trishul. All these movies helped Amitab Bacchan to establish himself as an established actor in Bollywood.
However, the period of late seventies to the late eighties was bad for Chopra’s career since most of his movies he produced in during this 10 year’s time went down. Most of his movies including Doosra Aadmi, Mashaal, Faasle and Vijay couldn’t do much over the box office, however, with Chandni in 1989, his stars clicked and he was back in action. He then directed the movie Lamhe in 1991, which was a big hit with critics calling it one of the best movies ever from Chopra. His next movie Parampara was a failure and then came the best movie in 1993 Darr with SRK that turned out a big hit. His other movies with SRK include Dil To Pagal Hai, Veer Zaara and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which was his last movie as he passed away in October 2012 even before the film release.
Chopra founded and was the chairman of Motion Picture Production and Distribution company known as Yash Raj Films, which is among the biggest production house in India along with Yash Raj Studios. He has directed and produced more than 50 movies and was among the leading filmmakers in Industry. He was regarded as the King of Romance in Bollywood. His movies have given him a number of awards including six times National Film Awards and more than 10 times Filmfare awards as best director, producer, screenwriter, etc. He was even honoured by GOI ‘s prestigious award called Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2001, while Padma Bhushan in the year 2005 for his incredible contribution in Indian Cinema. BAFTA presented this man with lifetime membership for his contribution in filmmaking. He is the only Indian to get this honour, thanks to this high spirit of making movies for more than five decades.
Chopra founded and was chairman of the motion picture production and distribution company Yash Raj Films, which ranks as India’s biggest production company as of 2006, as well as Yash Raj Studios. Chopra’s career has spanned more than five decades and 50 films; he is considered one of the leading filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema. He came to be known as the “King of Romance” of the Indian cinema. Chopra has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards and eleven Filmfare awards, including four Filmfare Best Director awards. The Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions towards Indian cinema. BAFTA presented him with a lifetime membership for his contribution to films, making him the first Indian to receive the honour.