Yash Chopra

Yash Chopra

Yash Raj Chopra (Hindi: यश चोपड़ा, born 27 September 1932) is a writer, director, and producer of Bollywood movies in India. Waqt, Deewar, Lamhe, Darr, Dil To Pagal Hai, and Veer-Zaara are some of the highly successful movies which Yash Chopra directed. He is founder of Yash Raj Films.


Yash Chopra was born in Lahore (now in Pakistan) in a Punjabi family on September 17, 1932. He was the youngest of the eight children of Vilayati Raj Chopra. Yash initially worked as an assistant to I. S. Johar, and then for his director-producer brother, B.R. Chopra. Baldev Raj gave him his first directorial opportunity in Dhool Ka Phool. Later he set up his own movie production company, Yash Raj Films.

Dag (1973) was Yash's first movie under Yash Raj banner.

His string of hits with Amitabh made him one of the golden directors who had a special working relationship with Amitabh Bachchan (Ramesh Sippy , Prakash Mehra, Manmohan Desai, and Hrishikesh Mukherjee being the other four).

Yash and his wife, Pamela, have two sons: Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra. Aditya is a film director and manages most of Yash Rāj Production House. Uday is an actor; (he received his first break in Aditya's Mohabbatein).


Filmfare Awards

Honours and recognitions

  • Yash Chopra was honoured along with the Egyptian comedy superstar Adel Imam and the Oscar Winning actor Morgan Freeman as the Asian, Arab and Hollywood honorees in the Dubai Film Festival "In the Spotlight", which honors the work of eminent actors, producers and directors from around the world for their distinguished service to the film industry.
  • He has been honoured by the Swiss Government for rediscovering Switzerland and recently, he was presented a Special Award by Ms. Ursula Andress on behalf of the Swiss Government.
  • He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry of the Government of India.
  • He is the Founder Trustee of Film Industry Welfare Trust established in the year 1996.
  • He is the Vice President of the Film Producers’ Guild of India since the last 10 years.
  • He is the only Indian Film Producer and Director to receive the BBC Asia Awards twice – in 1998 and 2001 for his outstanding contribution in films.
  • He is the recipient of the Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Lifetime Achievement in 2001.
  • He is the recipient of Certificate of Recognition from the British Tourist Authority and British Film Commission for promoting tourism in the UK through his films.
  • He is the recipient of the Vocational Excellence Award by the Rotary Club.
  • He has been awarded Outstanding Achievement Awards by the apex bodies of Indian Industry – like the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).
  • He was honoured by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) at Malaysia for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
  • The British Film Institute handpicked Yash Chopra for a book written by Dr. Rachel Dwyer in their ‘World Directors Series’. This book was launched amidst great fanfare in London and showcases the glorious 5-decade career of Yash Chopra.
  • He was honoured by NAASCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) and AIAI (All India Association of Industries) for his outstanding achievements.
  • He has also been awarded the Priyadarshini Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. This award was presented to him by the Deputy Prime Minister Mr.L.K.Advani.
  • He was also chosen for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2001, the topmost and the highest honour given in the Indian film industry.
  • He had been given the Maharastra state government’s Raj Kapoor and V. Shantaram’ Awards, in recognition of his impressive contributions to the Hindi film industry.
  • He was honoured at the 2nd Dubai International Film Festival
  • He was honoured with "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 4th Pune International Film Festival 2006 [P.I.F.F.]
  • He received a lifetime membership to BAFTA for his contribution to the Indian Film Industry. He is the first Indian to be honored at BAFTA in 59 year history of the academy.
  • He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Art by Chancellor of the University Brandan Foster by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire
  • He was conferred with the France's highest civilian honour, Legion of Honour




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