Director, Producer, Actor Hindi
Yash Chopra Biography
Birth Name: Yash Raj Chopra
Born : 27 September 1932, in Lahore, Punjab, British India
Death : 01 January 1970, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Death : Dengue
His epic family drama Waqt (1965) saw a spectacular cast of some of the top stars of the era. He followed it up with the song-less thriller Ittefaq (1969), which was set in a single location. Chopra launched his own banner Yash Raj Films in 1971, but continued to direct for other producers as well. Two of his biggest hits were made for the movie mogul Gulshan Rai – Deewar (1975) starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and Parveen Babi, and the multi-starrer Trishul (1978), with Bachchan, Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Rakhee and Hema Malini. Both films were written by the successful duo Salim-Javed.
With Kabhi Kabhie (1976), however, Chopra found his groove as a teller of love stories. A tale of unrequited love, mesmerising lyrics (Sahir Ludhianvi in this case), awe-inspiring landscapes (Kashmir in this film), a mature love triangle offset by another frolicky, youthful one; were to become his hallmarks. Later, Chopra took popular Hindi films to international audiences and chose the landscapes of Europe as the backdrop for his love stories. In his best films, however, the narrative complemented the landscapes in beauty and complexity.
Chandni (1989) was a lush, upper-class romance which featured a spirited heroine (Sridevi). Two years later, in Lamhe (1991), a film that bombed at the box office but was one of Chopra’s favourites, Sridevi excelled in a double role, as a mother and a daughter in a complicated relationship with a business tycoon (Anil Kapoor). A few years later, Chopra launched his son Aditya as director with the NRI romance Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), one of the most popular Hindi films of all time.
Many filmmakers have been launched under the YRF banner in the past decade, notably Shaad Ali, Kunal Kohli and Maneesh Sharma. Chopra himself stepped behind the megaphone after a long gap of eight years for Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012). Unfortunately, he did not live to see the film's release and success. He died in Mumbai's Lilavati hospital of dengue on 21 October 2012.
- Pamela Chopra (1970 - 21 October 2012)