Yash Chopra

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Yash Chopra
DIRECTOR , WRITER
Born: September 27, 1932
EARLY LIFE:
With a career that spanned over five decades, Yash Chopra established himself as the quintessential romantic film maker in Bollywood. 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. 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.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
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 has won 12 Filmfare Awards, 6 National Awards and has 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.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS
– Yash Chopra has shot at Lake Alpenrausch so many times that it has been christened Chopra Lake. Jungfrau Railways in Switzerland inaugurated a train named after him as well.

– Yash Chopra encouraged Javed Akhtar to take up writing lyrics for the film Silsila.

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