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Yash Chopra
Director • Producer • Screenplay • Writer
Born: September 27, 1932 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
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With a career that spanned over five decades, Yash Chopra established himself as the quintessential romantic filmmaker in Bollywood. Yash Chopra moved to Mumbai and assisted I. S. Johar. Two years later, he landed his first film as a director, Dhool Ka Phool (1959). Yash Chopra was catapulted to fame and instant stardom with the film Waqt (1965) for which he received his first Filmfare Award. He has two sons, famed producer-director Aditya Chopra and actor-filmmaker Uday Chopra. Yash Chopra grew up in Lahore and was the youngest of eight children. His brother Baldev Raj Chopra, was a film journalist. In 1971, Chopra founded Yash Raj Films, which is the largest entertainment company in India. He directed the film Deewaar (1975), which dispelled several stereotypes. He then moved away from drama and action and directed the romantic film Daag (1973). His movies soon became a veritable genre in themselves, with masterpieces such as Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar (1979), Silsila (1981) and Chandni (1989). He was the visionary who made movies like Lamhe (1991), Darr (1993), Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997) and Veer Zaara (2004), all of which went on to become cult classics. Chopra has been credited with cementing the status of Bollywood`s living legends - Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. Yash Chopra won 12 Filmfare Awards, 6 National Awards and had also been honoured with the Padma Bhushan (2005) and the Legion of Honour (2008). In October 2012, Indian cinema lost a maestro when Yash Chopra succumbed to a long illness. His last film was Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012). With an amazing legacy, Yash Chopra lives on through the silver screen.
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Pamela Chopra
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Aditya Chopra
Son
Uday Chopra
Son
Draupadi Chopra
Mother
Lal Vilayati Raj Chopra
Father
Hiroo Johar
Sister
Dharam Chopra
Brother
Baldev Raj Chopra
Brother
Hans Raj Chopra
Brother
Kuldip Raj Chopra
Brother
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Did You Know? (2)

  • Yash Raj's logo is used on the helicopter seen in the movie. However, it is used to denote Yashvardhan Raichand.
  • Yash Chopra shot at Switzerland so often that the Swiss officials renamed the Alpenrausch lake to Chopra Lake in 2010.
  • Personal Quotes (8)

  • "Human beings are very complex creatures. This desire, this greed, this love is very complex."
  • "Mumbai's infectious. Once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don't think you can live anywhere else."
  • "When I was in college, my brother, B.R. Chopra, who is everything to me, was a director in Bombay. He taught me filmmaking. What I am today is because of him. "
  • "I don't make romantic films. I make films about human relationships."
  • "The secret of being a great actor is a love of food."
  • "I've been able to make some wonderful films, but sometimes you make films with great passion - great belief - and these films slightly don't work at the box office, and they become your favorite films. "
  • "When I was in college, I had only one ambition that one day I would like to be a director."
  • "I'm not making films just to be bold. "
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