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Yash Raj Chopra

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Yash Raj Chopra

Born: 27 September 1932

Died: 21 October 2012

  • He was an Indian director and film producer who worked in Hindi films.
  • The founding chairman of the film production and distribution company Yash Raj Films, he was the recipient of several awards, including six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards.
  • He is considered among the best Indian filmmakers.
  • For his contributions to film, the Government of India honored him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001, and the Padma Bhushan in 2005.
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented him with a lifetime membership, making him the first Indian to receive the honor.
  • He began his career as an assistant director to I. S. Johar and his elder brother, B.R. Chopra.
  • He made directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959, a melodrama about illegitimacy, and followed it with the social drama Dharmputra (1961).
  • He rose to prominence after directing the commercially and critically successful drama, Waqt (1965), which pioneered the concept of ensemble casts in Bollywood.
  • In 1971, he founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films, whose first production was Daag (1973), a successful melodrama about a polygamous man.
  • His success continued in the seventies, with some of Indian cinema’s most successful and iconic films, including the action-thriller Deewaar (1975), which established Amitabh Bachchan as the leading actor in Bollywood; the romantic drama Kabhie Kabhie (1976) and Trishul (1978).
  • This was followed by a period of professional setback from the late 1970s to 1989.

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