SECTORS

ENTERTAINMENT

Mr Yash Chopra
Chairman
FICCI Entertainment Committee

&

Chairman
Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

YASH CHOPRA – THE MAN…

Born on 27th September 1932, in Jalandhar (Punjab), Yash Chopra is undoubtedly India's most successful film-maker. With a career spanning over five decades, he has been associated with almost 30 films, some of which have created box-office history.

He started out as an assistant to his brother and went on to direct 5 very successful films for his brother's banner - B.R. films. He has wielded the baton, additionally, for 4 films made by other film companies - but his greatest repertoire of work has been the 20 films made under the auspices of his own company, Yash Raj Films. Of these 20 films, he has directed 11 himself, while the other 9 have been directed by younger directors – under his supervision and administrative acumen as one of India's greatest producers.

Arguably he can be called India's most successful confluence of creativity and administrative genius - as he dons his two hats - as a director and a producer.

As a director his speciality has been romance - he possesses a rare aesthetic knack of making his films look larger than life. His hallmark has always been the presentation of his screenplay embellished with gorgeous locations, snow-capped mountains, lakes and rivers, beautiful women draped in the most gorgeous costumes amidst fields of flowers - sights that he paints with his visual imagery. Love and romance inevitably happen to his characters who have become icons for film buffs. Yash Chopra is reputed to make his characters look the most gorgeous in his films - whether he works with a well-known star or a newcomer, they have never looked so visually appealing as in his films. His sense of music, an integral part of Indian cinema, is renowned - musical scores from his films have become the largest selling albums in Indian film history.

He was one of the first directors to shoot his films out of India and Switzerland, Holland, Germany and the United Kingdom have become even more popular with the Asian population, who have been enamoured by the locales in Yash Chopra's films. In fact, a lake in Switzerland has been named The Chopra Lake because of the way he has used it in films. Yash Chopra 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.

As a producer he has lent the largest canvas to his films. He has never fought shy of adventuring into bold and controversial themes. His films have always had a message and have never failed to bring either a smile to the lips or a tear in the eye of the viewers. Yash Chopra is probably the only film-maker whom the older generation proudly blesses and the younger generation looks up to for blessings.

He has groomed various young talents through his films - as a director, his son Aditya Chopra, has been his most significant contribution - he has brought in new composers through his films, new singers, and new acting talent - to be a part of a Yash Raj film is a dream for any talent in India - creative or technical.

With his vast years of experience in the entertainment business, Yash Chopra is indisputably the leader of the Indian Film industry - every institution wants him to be on their board or advisory committee and he lends his advice whole-heartedly in his quest to better the administration and recognition of the Indian entertainment industry - poised for a major take-off. The corporatisation of Indian entertainment, which is currently at its peak, will never forget its debt to the pioneering legend, Yash Chopra. He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry of the Govt. 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 is currently the Chairman of the Entertainment Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) – the Apex Business Organisation of India.

He was honoured by the IIFA (Indian International Film Awards) 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. The book, ‘Yash Chopra’ has also been released in India by Roli Books. It was released in New Delhi by the Information & Broadcasting Minister Mrs.Sushma Swaraj and in Mumbai by Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan & Shah Rukh Khan.

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 prestigious 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 prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2001, the topmost and the highest honour given in the Indian film industry.

AWARDS: HIS ACHIEVEMENTS…

Yash Chopra is the only film-maker to have won the National Award five times. He has won the Filmfare Awards seven times, the only living director to have won seven times and various other Association Awards innumerable times.

 


FILMFARE AWARDS

YEAR

FILM

AWARDS

1965

Waqt

4 Awards including Best Director

1969

Ittefaq

Best Director

1973

Daag

4 Awards including Best Director

1975

Deewaar

7 Awards including Best Director

1991

Lamhe

5 Awards including Best Director

1995

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

10 Awards including Best Film

[The largest number of awards ever won by any film]

1997

Dil To Pagal Hai

7 Awards including Best Film

NATIONAL AWARDS

YEAR

FILM

AWARDS

1962

Dharmputra

President’s Gold Medal

1989

Chandni

National Award for "Best Film for Providing popular and Wholesome Entertainment"

1994

Darr

National Award for "Best Film for Providing popular and Wholesome Entertainment"

1995

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

National Award for "Best Film for Providing popular and Wholesome Entertainment"

1997

Dil To Pagal Hai

3 Awards incl. National Award for "Best Film for Providing popular and Wholesome Entertainment"


FILMOGRAPHY: HIS DREAMS… ON CELLULOID

Yash Chopra directed some memorable films for other producers before starting his company, YASH RAJ FILMS in 1970.

These included Dhool Ka Phool ('59), Dharmputra ('61), Waqt ('65), Aadmi Aur Insaan ('69) & Ittefaq ('69).

Even after he turned producer in 1970 he directed 4 more films for other banners. These included Joshila ('73), Deewaar ('75), Trishul ('78) & Parampara ('92).

FILMS DIRECTED BY YASH CHOPRA:

S. No.

YEAR

FILM

PRODUCER

1.

1959

Dhool Ka Phool
(Golden Jubilee)

B.R.Films

2.

1961

Dharmputra

B.R.Films

3.

1965

Waqt

(Golden Jubilee)

B.R.Films

4.

1969

Aadmi Aur Insaan

B.R.Films

5.

1969

Ittefaq

B.R.Films

6.

1973

Joshila

(Silver Jubilee)

Trimurti Films

7.

1973

Daag

(Silver Jubilee)

Yash Raj Films

8.

1975

Deewaar

(100 Weeks)

Trimurti Films

9.

1976

Kabhi Kabhie

(Golden Jubilee)

Yash Raj Films

10.

1978

Trishul

(100 Weeks)

Trimurti Films

11.

1979

Kaala Patthar

(Silver Jubilee)

Yash Raj Films

12.

1981

Silsila

(Silver Jubilee)

Yash Raj Films

13.

1984

Mashaal

Yash Raj Films

14.

1985

Faasle

Yash Raj Films

15.

1988

Vijay

Yash Raj Films

16.

1989

Chandni

(Golden Jubilee)

Yash Raj Films

17.

1991

Lamhe

Yash Raj Films

18.

1992

Parampara

Nadiadwala

19.

1993

Darr

(Silver Jubilee)

Yash Raj Films

20.

1997

Dil To Pagal Hai

(Golden Jubilee)

Yash Raj Films

FILMS PRODUCED & PRESENTED BY YASH RAJ FILMS:

S. No.

YEAR

FILM

DIRECTOR

1.

1977

Doosra Aadmi

Ramesh Talwar

2.

1979

Noorie

(Silver Jubilee)

Manmohan Krishna

3.

1980

Sawaal

Ramesh Talwar

4.

1981

Nakhuda

Dilip Naik

5.

1993

Aaina

Deepak Sareen

6.

1994

Yeh Dillagi

Naresh Malhotra

7.

1995

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

(Running in its 8th Year)

Aditya Chopra

8.

1997

Humko Ishq Ne Mara [Telefilm]

Arjun Sablok

9.

2000

Mohabbatein

(Crossed Platinum Jubilee)

Aditya Chopra

10.

2002

Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai

Sanjay Gadhvi

11.

2002

Mujhse Dosti Karoge!

Kunal Kohli

12.

2002

Saathiya

Shaad Ali

 

 
 
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