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Date of Birth of Yash Chopra
Lahore, Punjab, British India [now Pakistan]
Date of Death of Yash Chopra
2012, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (dengue fever)
Mini Biography of Yash Chopra
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 heroineSridevi 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 (1992), done for an outside producer, was a misfire, but then came the box-office hit and trend setter Darr (1993). Starring the then-débutant Shah Rukh 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 grandcomeback with Veer-Zaara (2004), a touching cross-border love story, which he said would be his last directorial effort.
The ages of the director and playback singer Lata Mangeshkar, his muse, proved you need to be young, as well as crazy, at heart, to be a true romantic...
Yash Chopra's Spouse
|Pamela Chopra||(1970 - present) 2 children Aditya and Uday, born in 1971 and 1973. respectively.|
His films are always romantic films, with shots from foreign locations and having high-quality music.
Younger brother of B.R. Chopra and Dharam Chopra.
He decided to leave his brother's studio to form Yash Raj Films after returning from his honeymoon. It is unclear what influenced him to do so.
He has a habit of repeating his actors in his films and frequently casts Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor,Anupam Kher, Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji.
Father of Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra.
Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006.
He has shot in Switzerland so many times that a lake in the Alpenrausch, a favourite shooting spot of his, has been christened Chopra Lake.
We're making all kinds of films - English, Hinglish, sex, horror... this and that. It's a healthy trend. But for a film to run it has to have Indian values. For a film to be a blockbuster it has to be rooted to our culture.
I'm the sentimental sort. I cry easily. I cry when I see poignant films made by other directors.
You can always make a good film but for it to be successful, you need God's blessing.
About Veer-Zaara (2004): "Though it's a film about cross-border love, there isn't a word of politics in it. Forget politics, there isn't slap, not even a raised voice in Veer-Zaara (2004). It's a very intense, humane and emotional story. Veer-Zaara (2004) is a humble tribute to my home in Punjab. It's my tribute to the one-ness of people on both sides of the border. Every religion preaches peace. Then why the bloodshed for the sake of religion? Why are we destroying each other?"
I always believe that my films should give some hope to the man who comes to watch them for those three hours. If he goes home on an optimistic note, I would feel satisfied at having done my duty.
Films have been my only passion in life. I have always been proud of making films and will continue taking pride in all my films. I have never made a movie I have not believed in. However, though I love all my films, one tends to get attached to films that do well. But I do not have any regrets about making films that did not really do well at the box office.
On singer Lata Mangeshkar: "Lataji has always been so kind to me. She can never say no to me. As long as I am there and she's there she'll continue to sing for my films. When others sing they follow music, but when she sings, music follows her. I truly believe that. When she sang for Dhool Ka Phool (1959) the first film I directed, I was in awe of her. Today I'm much closer to her. But the awe remains."
The reason for his seven-year hiatus in direction: "My son Aditya made Mohabbatein (2000), which took a lot of time and energy. Then we started looking for a script for me to direct. Nothing seemed to excite us both. There's a complete bankruptcy of screenwriting in our cinema. I wanted a very earthy and Indian subject. I was tired of the promos on television. With semi-clad girls, they all looked the same. Of courseDhoom (2004) has them too. But I'd personally not make a film like that."
Relationships interest me because man is one creature who is capable of sane as well as insane behaviour. It's this nature of human beings that inspires and gives room for innumerable plots. Like in _Daag (1973)_, Raakhee, who played the other woman, created all the drama, as did Rekha in Silsila (1981). In Aaina (1993) it was the jealous sister while in Darr (1993) it was the obsessive lover. So unlike other movies where a villain is added to create the problems, in my films villainy is substituted by a third angle.
I believe in my old style of making films. I think I have it in me to make a different film in my own area of romance. Films on human relationships never go out of fashion. Everyone says 'I love you' these days. But it's about how you say it.
Though, technically, I'm shooting on location, my films are actually based inside a woman's heart. I think women are more emotional than men, and that's a thread I've explored in all my films. When I see TV these days, I'm shocked at how all the main women characters are portrayed as evil. Women are the foundation of everything, and they deserve to be treated that way on camera.
I think songs enhance romance and sometimes, even drama, when you have to comment on a society, like Guru Dutt did in Pyaasa (1957). Songs are a great way of conveying the director's imagination. People in this era don't like to see lip-syncing and prefer songs in the background, but I feel that an emotion can be conveyed better if it comes through the person singing it.
What is the point of making the film if the man doesn't marry the girl?
My technicians are my most important tools. Once I establish a rapport with them, then they would understand me in my next film. I wouldn't have to train anyone new. I give a lot of respect to all my technicians, because I'm a technician too. I wouldn't be able to convey a feeling if the writer didn't write it well, and the cameraman didn't shoot it well.
I was in Lahore before the partition, so I don't believe that a border can truly separate Punjab. I still think of it as one.
There are only two types of cinema - good or bad.
I've always worked with big stars, but they know that I am only honest to the script. It is my Gita and I never changed it to please film stars or their egos. We spend months in writing a film, so I wouldn't like it if someone asks me to change it. That's why I like to finish a film as fast as possible once I start. But as far as performances are concerned, I give full liberty to the artistes. I have full faith in them.
These days, most films are sensible. The young whiz kids are doing a wonderful job. Their films are different, and most are good. A Wednesday(2008), for example, was a wonderful film. And that's why we are taking a lot of chances at Yash Raj Films, by giving breaks to new actors, directors and musicians.
Top Movies of Yash Chopra
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) (as: Producer)
- Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri
- Two Indian descents - Raj and Simran - born and raised in Britain - fall in love while visiting Switzerland. But, their love takes a beating as the girl's traditional father forcefully takes her back to India to marry her to his close friend's son.
Veer-Zaara (2004) (as: Director, Narrator, Producer)
- Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji
- It is the love story of an Indian Air Force officer, Veer Pratap Singh and a beautiful Pakistani girl, Zaara Hayaat Khan. They meet, fall in love but due to parental pressure are forced to move apart. Destiny brings them back together in the old age where they have no one to separate them.
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) (as: Director, Producer)
- Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor
- A story of four lovers: Rahul, Ajay, Pooja, and Nisha. The film takes us through this incredible romantic journey centered around Rahul, who dances through the hearts of two women who're deeply in love with him, but destiny pushes them to different directions.
Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) (as: Presenter)
- Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Manmeet Singh
- After venturing into the Wedding planning ka bijness, Shruti and Bittoo make a rule that "Jisse vyapaar karo, usse kabhi na pyaar karo". However soon they discover each other and realize that in the course of their journey, "unke khud ke rules ki bajegi band"!
Mohabbatein (2000) (as: Producer)
- Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai
- The story revolves around a principal of Gurukal who is against lovers. He does not allow his daughter to get married to the Raj whom she loves and she in turn commits suicide. Raj returns to gurukul as a music teacher and helps the other couples in love and goes against the rules and principles of Gurukul.
Deewar (1975) (as: Director)
- Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy
- Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) struggles hard as a deckworker to become a top figure in the underworld, while his brother Ravi (Shashi Kapoor) becomes an honest and righteous policeman. The brothers engage in a dedly battle with each other to prove whom the mother loves more...
Trishul (1978) (as: Director)
- Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor
- Raj Kumar Gupta leaves his first love Shanti to marry a rich girl. Little did he know that he has a son, Vijay Kumar from Shanti. Vijay grows up and after his mother's death decides to take revenge from Raj Kumar Gupta and his family and pledges to destroy him and his family fully.
Silsila (1981) (as: Director, Producer, Screenplay)
- Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan
- A story of love lost and found, but twisted by society's demands and conventions to appear as adultery.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) (as: Producer)
- Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
- An unassuming, simple middle-aged man who lead a very boring life suddenly finds himself in a wedlock with a much younger woman who doesn't love him a bit. The things start changing drastically when he assumes a new identity to cheer up his wife, who unknowingly starts falling in love with the same man whom she hates so much!
Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year (2009) (as: Presenter)
- Ranbir Kapoor, Shazahn Padamsee, Sharon Prabhakar
- Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year : Cast: Ranbir, Shazahn Padamsee & others; Dir: Shimit Amin; Music: Salim-Suleiman; Story: Yash Raj Films brings the successful combination of Chak De director Shimit Amin & writer Jaideep Sahney. The movie is apparently a comedy on the life of a Sikh salesman called Rocket Singh, played by Ranbir.
Waqt (1965) (as: Director)
- Shashi Kapoor, Balraj Sahni, Sadhana
- A natural disaster forces a family far apart. Though the family members are separated, several years down the line, the destiny connects them in a strange manner.
Kaala Patthar (1979) (as: Director, Producer)
- Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha
- The story revolves around Captain Vijay Pal Singh who is accused for abandoning the ship and risking the lives of around 300 people. As a result, he is discharged from duty. With guilt in his heart, he starts working as a coal miner to forget his past which continues to haunt him. But later he saves the lives of workers in his company.
Darr (1993) (as: Director, Producer)
- Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla, Shah Rukh Khan
- A woman is caught between one man's love and another man's obsession. She fears one and fears for the other. One stands for love and the other for life. Who will she choose?
Bunty Aur Babli (2005) (as: Presenter)
- Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Amitabh Bachchan
- Bunty and Babli, who follow each other on a wild road trip, become the most popular con artistes of the nation. While they're doggedly chased by a hard nosed cop, they start falling in love with each other…
Dhoom 2 (2006) (as: Presenter, Producer)
- Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Yusuf Hussain
- In this hilarious, slick action flick, an international thief known only as Mr. A. is chased by a smart cop and his best friend. The chase soon becomes an wild one with they out smarting each other in turns… Can they catch the thief?
Lamhe (1991) (as: Director, Producer)
- Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Waheeda Rehman
- This Yash Chopra classic explores the precious moments of life … the love, the ecstasy, the complicated yet fulfilling romantic journey, heartbreaks, the joy of seeing your loved one happy, the responsibility…
Saathiya (2002) (as: Producer)
- Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherji, Sharat Saxena
- Aditya and Suhani meet each other at a marriage ceremony and fall in love instantly. They get married secretly and hide it from their parents. Later the truth is revealed and Aditya and Suhani move in together. But maritial problems soon crop in and they are drifted apart.
Kabhi Kabhie (1976) (as: Director, Producer)
- Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman
- It is the story of Amit Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) who falls in love with Pooja (Rakhee) but she is married to someone else. Later Amit marries Anjali (Waheeda Rehman) who secretly has a daughter, Pinky from her first marriage. Gradually things take a complicated turn when Pinky comes into picture.
Dhoom (2004) (as: Presenter)
- Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Uday Chopra
- A gang of bikers have created a havoc in Mumbai by robbing things. They rob things and then run away on their superbikes in a jiffy. ACP Jai Dixit is made the in-charge of this case. Jai recruits a bumbling bike mechanic and racer named Ali to chase the gang on a bike in order to nab the thieves.
Fanaa (2006) (as: Presenter)
- Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor
- The film revolves around a blind woman (Kajol) who goes for a trip with her friends, there she meets a tour guide and falls in love with him. But the tour guide is a not an ordinary person and hides a secret from her. Later it is discovered that he is a terrorist.
Mashaal (1984) (as: Director, Producer)
- Mohan Aagashe, Rati Agnihotri, Vikas Anand
- A dismissed newspaper editor continues his fight to bring out the truth by starting his own publication. His positive approach helps a local gangster to transform his life, but in a strange twist of destiny things turn upside down. The now transformed gangster now must fight the editor who has become a underworld don himself!
Ittefaq (1969) (as: Director)
- Rajesh Khanna, Nanda, Jagirdar
- A woman is scared to death when an accused murderer, escaped from a mental hospital, lands at her doorstep during a stormy night to seek refuge at her place.
Ishaqzaade (2012) (as: Presenter)
- Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Rastogi
- Ishaqzaade: Parma and Zoya are born to hate each other. Their fight is for power and supremacy in the political confines of rural India. Their hatred gradually triggers love between them and they become ishaqzaades. Its a passionate love story. Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and others; Dir: Habib Faisal
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011) (as: Presenter)
- Nishant Dahiya, Tara D'Souza, Saqib Saleem
- If Rahul the rockstar has got the voice and looks, Vishal, the writer has brains. If Malvika, the design student can turn heads, Preity, the photographer, can say a million things with her pretty pictures.About interchanging ids and online friendships!
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) (as: Presenter, Producer)
- Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra
- To Delhi student Dimple (Parineeti Chopra), he's fitness trainer Sunny Singh. A 24 year old Lucknow widow Saira (Aditi Sharma) knows him as Iqbal Khan and successful career woman Raina (Dipannita Sharma) as an art dealer Deven Shah. A trio unite by chance.
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) (as: Presenter, Producer)
- Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar
- A quirky romantic comedy about Kush (Imran) looking for the ideal Indian bride for his brother Luv (Ali) who stays in London. In his quest, Kush goes through an array of wacky encounters till he finds the wacky Dimple Dixit (Katrina).
Badmaash Company (2010) (as: Presenter)
- Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Meiyang Chang
- An extraordinary story set in the 1990’s in middle class Bombay, of 4 ordinary youngsters – Karan (Shahid), Bulbul (Anushka), Zing (Meiyang Chang) and Chandu (Vir Das), who came together to start an import business of things longed for by yuppie Indians!
Yeh Dillagi (1994) (as: Presenter, Producer)
- Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol
- It is the story of a simple girl Sapna who is a daughter of a poor driver but her dreams are not at all simple and she dreams of becoming rich and marrying a rich man one day. Later she becomes a model and two rich brothers fall in love with her but both of them are unaware that they love the same girl.
Kabul Express (2006) (as: Producer)
- John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Linda Arsenio
- After the terrorist attacks on the U.S.A, Subedar Major Jan Mohammed of the Pakistan Border Regiment is on his way back to the Pakistani border and in order to safely reach there, he has taken four hostages: Jessica Beckham of Reuters; Jai Kapoor and Suhel Khan - two Indian journalists; and their Afghan guide.
Chandni (1989) (as: Director, Producer)
- Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna
- Chandni and Rohit are in love with each other and have many plans for their future but destiniy has something else in store for them. Chandni is left alone after the death of Rohit. It is Lalit (Vinod Khanna) who shows affection to Chandni and understands her pain. Finally Chandni falls for Lalit.
All Movies of Yash Chopra
Ek Hi Raasta (1956)
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)- Unreleased
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
Kaala Patthar (1979)
Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969)
Dhool Ka Phool (1959)
Dhoom 3 : Fasten Your Seatbelts (2012)- Unreleased
Virus Diwan (2012)- Unreleased
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011)
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011)
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011)
Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
Badmaash Company (2010)
Pyaar Impossible (2010)
Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year (2009)
Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009)
Dhoom 2 (2006)
Neal 'N' Nikki (2005)
Salaam Namaste (2005)
Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
Yeh Dillagi (1994)
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011)
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011)
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
Kabul Express (2006)
Dhoom 2 (2006)
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002)
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002)
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
Humko Ishq Ne Mara (1997)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Yeh Dillagi (1994)
Kaala Patthar (1979)
Doosara Aadmi (1977)
Kabhi Kabhie (1976)