Yash Chopra Biography, Movies, Net Worth, Height, Age, Family
Yash Raj Chopra, or Yash Chopra as he is popularly known all across the country, happens to be one of the top directors and producers of Indian movies. Apart from that, Chopra is also the founding chairman of Yash Raj Films, which is a film production and distribution company. He has received several awards during his lifetime including 11 Filmfare Awards and 6 National Awards. Just because of his sole contribution to Indian movie, the Government of India has honored him with several prestigious awards such as Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 2001 and Padma Bhushan in the year 2005. He is also the first Indian to receive the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Chopra was lucky to have his elder brother B. R. Chopra connected with the movie industry of India. Initially, he started his career as an assistant director and worked with I. S. Johar and his elder brother.
Yash Chopra Early Life
Yash Raj Chopra was born on the 27th of September, 1932 in the city of Rahon, which is now in Pakistan. He was born in a Punjabi family and his father worked as an accountant in PWD division of the British Punjab administration. He was the youngest amongst his 7 siblings. The eldest of the children was almost 30 years elder to Yash.
He was mainly brought in his elder brother B.R. Chopra’s house in Lahore, who used to work as a movie journalist at that time. In order to continue his education, Yash shifted to Jalandhar in the year 1945, where he studied at Doaba College.
Chopra’s passion to make movies led him to Mumbai. There, he started his career as an assistant director to I.S. Johar. Later he started working under his brother, B.R. Chopra, who was also a director-producer then.
Yash died on the 21st of October, 2012 after he complained of weakness. The 80 year old veteran was diagnosed with dengue and he later died of that illness.
Yash Copra Career Life
Yash started his directorial debut with the movie Dhool Ka Phool, which was produced by B.R. Chopra. The movie featured Rajendra Kumar, Mala Sinha, and Leela Chitnis. The movie was a great success and it also became the fourth highest—grossing movie of that year. Boosted by the success of Dhool Ka Phool, the Chopra brothers went on to make another movie by the name of Dharmputra in the year 1961. The movie centered on the topic of the Partition of India. The movie was also awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. The 2 Chopra brothers went on to make several other movies in the future such as Waqt, Aadmi Aur Insaan, and Ittefaq.
As a director, Yash Raj Chopra made several movies such as Daag, Joshila, Deewaar, Kabhi Kabhie, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, Silsila, Faasle, Mashaal, Chandni, Lamhe, Vijay, Veer-Zaara, and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, to name a few.
The Start of Yash Raj Films
In the year 1071, Yash Chopra decided to come up with his own independent movie production and distribution company by the name of Yash Raj Films. He ultimately terminated his collaboration with B.R. Chopra and produced his first movie, Daag: A Poem of Love, under the banner of his production house. Just like any other professional Yash Chopra also faced a major setback during the ‘80s. The movies he directed and produced during this time, failed to impress the audiences and did not even create a ripple at the box office. However, he managed to get over his lean phase with the movie Chandni, featuring Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor. The movie had all the popular masalas that are found in a typical Yash Chopra movie such as romance, emotion, melodic music, and songs picturized at various foreign locations. Chandni also won the National Film Award in the Best Popular Film of the Year category.
He followed the success of Chandni with Lamhe, which featured Sridevi and Anil Kapoor. The movie was both critically and commercially successful and also went on to become one of the biggest Bollywood hits in the worldwide market. However, Lamhe was not that successful in India. It did go on to win 5 different Filmfare Awards that also included the award for Best Movie.
As a producer, Yash Raj Chopra has several movies to his name such as Doosra Aadmi, Noorie, Yeh Dillagi, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Hum Tum, Saathiya, Bunty Aur Bubli, Dhoom, Veer-Zaara, Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum PUm, Fanaa, Neel N Nikki, Tashan, Chak De India, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Roadside Romeo, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, New York, Band Baaja Baaraat, Pyaar Impossible, Dil Bole Hadippa, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Tha Tiger, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, and Ishaqzaade.
During his long career as a movie director and producer, Yash Raj Chopra has won several awards. He won the National Film Awards in the Best Feature Film in Hindi category for Dharmputra and in the Best Popular Film Prodiving Wholesome Entertainment category for the movies Darr, Chandni, Veer Zaara, Chank De India, Dil To Pagal Hai, and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. He also won the Filmfare Awards in the Best Director category for the movies Deewaar, Daag, Ittefaq, and Waqt, in the Best Film category for the movies Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Veer Zaara, and Dil To Pagal Hai, in the Power Award category and Lifetime Achievemnet Award category.
Chopra also won the IIFA Awards in the Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema category, Best Picture and Best Director categories for Veer Zaara, Best Picture category for Chak De India. He has also won several Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, and Bollywood Movie Award during his lifetime.
Other honors and recognition presented to Yash Raj Chopra include Legion of Honor, Punjab Rattan, Asian Filmmaker of the Year 2009, Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th Pune International Film Festival 2006, and Lifetime Membership to BAFTA for his contribution to the Indian film industry.