Get To Know More About Legendary Director Yash Chopra

Ankita Gurung
Ankita Gurung

Yash Chopra is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and the most successful producer of Bollywood to date in India. Labelled 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).


He was born on 27 September 1932 in Lahore, Punjab before independence. He was one of the most loved directors in the Bollywood industry and is considered to be the romance king of Bollywood. Yash Chopra is the youngest of all 8 siblings. Born and brought up in a Hindu Punjabi film.


He began his career as an accountant and then later went to pursue his dream as a director and worked as an assistant director in various films. 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. n 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 (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

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He was 80 years when he passed away due to Dengue.

Lesser Known Facts

  • He made his debut as an assistant director with his elder’s brother film ‘ Dhool Ka Phool’
  • His Company dominated the entire Bollywood industry YRF, last hit production was Jab Tak Hai Jaan in the year 2012.
  • Yash Chopra has contributed almost 5 years i.e., 50 years of his life making films
  •  He was the one who suggested Javed Akhtar to start writing.


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