Yash Raj Chopra was a legendary Bollywood film director, who can rightly be called the King of Romance. He was also a script writer and producer, who had set up the prestigious banner, Yash Raj Films. His death left a big void in the industry, which can never be filled.
Income Sources: Yash Raj Chopra made produced and directed some of the biggest hits of the Indian cinema till date. In 2006, he established Yash Raj Studios and Yash Raj Films, the biggest banner in the industry. His legacy is being carried forward by his sons, who are now running the banner set up by their father.
Born: 27th September, 1932
Died: 21st October, 2012 (80 years)
Marital Status: Yash Raj Chopra was married to Pamela Chopra. He is survived by two sons, Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra. Actress Rani Mukherjee is married to his elder son, Aditya.
Yash Raj Chopra was born in Lahore, Pakistan in a family of eight children, of whom he was the youngest. His father was an accountant and Yash was brought up in the home of his elder brother, Baldev Raj Chopra, who was a film journalist. Later, he went to Jalandhar in 1945, and pursued his studies at Doaba College in the city. After Partition, he moved to Ludhiana and studied engineering there. Soon, he realized that his interest lied in film making and this decision took him to Mumbai to start a career in films. Chopra married Pamela Chopra in 1970 and the couple had two sons. The elder one, Aditya is a successful film maker and is leading the Yash Raj banner by helm, while Uday, the younger one is a film actor and producer. The Hindi film industry suffered an irreparable loss when Chopra died of dengue fever in 2012.
When Yash Raj Chopra came to Mumbai, his elder brother Baldev Raj Chopra was already an established film maker. But Yash did not take the advantage of the fact and made a small beginning of his career by assisting I S Johar to learn the job. He made his directorial debut in 1959 with a film called “Dhool Ka Phool”, but it was the 1965 epic movie “Waqt”, which showcased his true talent and caliber as a film maker. There was no looking back after that and Yash gave some of the most memorable films to the Indian audience. His film career spanned decades and all of his works were much ahead of their times, with perfection coming out in every aspect of film making. Some of the biggest hits of this legendary film maker include “Daag: A Poem of Love”, “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Silsila”, “Deewar”, “Trishul”, “Chandni”, “Lamhe”, “Darr”, “Dil To Pagal Hai”, “Veer Zaara” and “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, which happened to be his last one. Till date, no one has been able to match up to his style and class and he literally has inspired the Indian population to dream. His awards and honors include 6 National Film Awards, 11 Filmfare Awards and the prestigious Padma Bhushan.