Yash Chopra

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Date of Birth : 1932
Birthname : NA

Mini Biography :
Labeled the eternal romantic and with one of the best musical senses in the business, Yash Chopra is arguably India’s most successful director of romantic films. Although he made action-oriented films like the ever-popular Deewaar (1975), it is in tackling love and its various aspects that he has been at his best. One of the few remaining commercial Indian directors who started their careers in the 1950s, he has successfully moved with the times from the socially significant Dhool Ka Phool (1959) to the young and cool Dil To Pagal Hai (1997).

Yash Chopra was born in Lahore in 1932, to an accountant in the PWD division of the British Punjab administration, the youngest of eight children. He began as an assistant director to I.S. Johar before working with his elder brother, the legendary B.R. Chopra; while another brother, Dharam Chopra, worked as his cameraman. He was given his first directorial opportunity with Dhool Ka Phool (1959), a melodrama about illegitimacy; it became a hit and even now remains popular today. Encouraged by this success, the Chopra brothers made a few more movies together, the most notable being Waqt (1965), India’s first multi-starrer; and Ittefaq (1969), a thriller. On the personal front, Chopra married Pamela Chopra (née Singh) in 1970, and they had two children, Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra, both working in the film industry today. In 1973, the Chopra brothers separated, with Yash Chopra founded his studio, Yash Raj Films, and launched it with Daag: A Poem of Love (1973), a successful melodrama about a polygamous man. He then entered one of his best phases with two Amitabh Bachchan classics: Deewaar (1975) and Kabhi Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976). These movies set the standard for the 1970s and 1980s, establishing Bachchan as the greatest and most beloved Indian film star of all time. His respective roles–a bitter criminal and a sensitive, brooding poet–are considered to be his greatest performances, although complete opposites of each other. In the 1980s, Chopra went through a rough time. Two of his melodramas, Silsila (1981) and Faasle (1985); and two action-oriented films, Mashaal (1984) and Vijay (1988), flopped at the box office, although the latter became a critically acclaimed classic years later. However, he made a comeback with his musical love triangle Chandni (1989). The film was a huge success, with great performances by established heroine Sridevi and action hero Vinod Khanna. Then came what critics and Chopra himself considered his best film, Lamhe (1991), a beautiful film about cross-generational love. It couldn’t survive the box office, however, due to its incestuous nature. Parampara (1993), done for an outside producer, was a misfire, but then came the box-office hit and trend setter Darr (1993). Starring the then-débutant Shahrukh Khan, it showed a sympathetic look at obsessive love and an emotion often overlooked in love–fear–and its success catapulted Khan to super-stardom. In 1995, Chopra turned to production and Aditya Chopra made his directorial debut with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which had the longest-running initial release in cinema history. He directed one more film, Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), a love story set against the theater, which became a huge success and a cult hit, before he retired from directing. However, in 2004, he made a grand comeback with Veer-Zaara (2004), a touching cross-border love story, which he said would be his last directorial effort.

Filmography :

As Director :

  1. Veer-Zaara (2004)
  2. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
  3. Darr (1993)
  4. Parampara (1993)
  5. Lamhe (1991)
  6. Chandni (1989)
  7. Vijay (1988)
  8. Faasle (1985)
  9. Mashaal (1984)
  10. Silsila (1981)
  11. Kaala Patthar (1979)
  12. Trishul (1978)
  13. Kabhi Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976)
  14. Deewaar (1975)
  15. Joshila (1973)
  16. Daag: A Poem of Love (1973)
  17. Ittefaq (1969)
  18. Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969)
  19. Waqt (1965)
  20. Dharmputra (1961)
  21. Dhool Ka Phool (1959)

As Producer :

  1. Roadside Romeo (2008) (filming) (executive producer) (producer)
  2. Tashan (2008) (filming) (producer)
  3. Aaja Nachle (2007) (post-production) (producer)
  4. Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) (producer)
  5. Chak De! India (2007) (producer)
  6. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) (producer)
  7. Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) (producer)
  8. Dhoom:2 (2006) (producer)
  9. Kabul Express (2006) (producer)
  10. Fanaa (2006) (producer)
  11. Neal ‘N’ Nikki (2005) (producer)
  12. Salaam Namaste (2005) (producer)
  13. Bunty Aur Babli (2005) (producer)
  14. Veer-Zaara (2004) (producer)
  15. Dhoom (2004) (producer)
  16. Hum Tum (2004) (producer)
  17. Saathiya (2002) (producer)
  18. Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) (producer)
  19. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002) (producer)
  20. Mohabbatein (2000) (producer)
  21. Humko Ishq Ne Mara (1997) (TV) (producer)
  22. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) (producer)
  23. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) (producer)
  24. Yeh Dillagi (1994) (producer)
  25. Darr (1993) (producer)
  26. Lamhe (1991) (producer)
  27. Chandni (1989) (producer)
  28. Vijay (1988) (producer)
  29. Faasle (1985) (producer)
  30. Mashaal (1984) (producer)
  31. Sawaal (1982) (producer)
  32. Silsila (1981) (producer)
  33. Nakhuda (1981) (producer)
  34. Kaala Patthar (1979) (producer)
  35. Noorie (1979) (producer)
  36. Doosra Aadmi (1977) (producer)
  37. Kabhi Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976) (producer)
  38. Daag: A Poem of Love (1973) (producer)

As writer :

  1. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) (screenplay)
  2. Silsila (1981) (screenplay)
Nomination And Awards
Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Popular Award Direction
for: Veer-Zaara (2004)

Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Veer-Zaara (2004)

1996 Won Filmfare Award Best Film
for: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

1994 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Darr (1993)

1992 Won Filmfare Award Best Film
for: Lamhe (1991)

1976 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Deewaar (1975)

1974 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Daag: A Poem of Love (1973)

1970 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Ittefaq (1969)

1966 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Waqt (1965)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1994 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
for: Darr (1993)

Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Screen Best Director
for: Veer-Zaara (2004)

2001 Won Special Award For his contribution to Indian cinema.
Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Popular Award Best Director
for: Veer-Zaara (2004)

Best Producer of the Year

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