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Shane e Jalandhar(Yash Chopra)

Yash Chopra Born on 27th September 1932, in Jalandhar (Punjab), Yash Chopra is undoubtedly India's most successful film-maker. With a career spanning over five decades, he has been associated with almost 35 films, most of which have created box-office history.He started out as an assistant to his brother and went on to direct 5 very successful films for his brother’s banner - B.R.Films. These were Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Dharmputra (1961), Waqt (1965), Ittefaq (1969) & Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969). He has wielded the baton, additionally, for 4 films made by other film companies - Joshila (1973), Deewaar (1975), Trishul (1978) & Parampara (1993). But his greatest repertoire of work has been around 30 films made under the auspices of his own company, YASH RAJ FILMS. Out of these, he has directed 12 films himself, while the others have been directed by younger directors – under his supervision and administrative acumen as one of India’s greatest producers.

Career

Yash initially worked as an assistant to I. S. Johar, and then for his director-producer brother, B.R. Chopra. Chopra gave him his first directorial opportunity in Dhool Ka Phool (1959). Later he set up his own movie production company, Yash Raj Films, under which Daag of 1973 was his first movie.As of December 2011, Yash is currently directing an untitled romantic film starring Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

Personal life

Yash and his wife, Pamela, have two sons Aditya and Uday. Aditya is also a film director and manages most of Yash Raj Production House. Uday is an assistant director turned actor; he received his first acting break in Aditya's Mohabbatein.

National Film Awards

  • 1990, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Chandni
  • 1994, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Darr
  • 1996, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Producer)
  • 1998, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Dil To Pagal Hai
  • 2005, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Veer-Zaara

Honours and recognitions

In addition to France's highest civilian honour, Legion of Honour, he is the first Indian to be honored at BAFTA in 59-year history of the academy.

Other honors: Handpicked by the British Film Institute for a book written by Rachel Dwyer in their ‘World Directors Series’. This book showcases the glorious five-decade career of Yash Chopra.
  • Padma Bhushan in 2005.
  • Pusan International Film Festival - Asian Filmmaker of the Year, 2009
  • Honoured along with the Egyptian comedy superstar Adel Imam and the Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman as the Asian, Arab and Hollywood honorees in the Dubai International Film Festival "In the Spotlight", which honors the work of eminent actors, producers and directors from around the world for their distinguished service to the film industry.
  • Honoured by the Swiss Government for rediscovering Switzerland and recently, he was presented a Special Award by Ursula Andress on behalf of the Swiss Government.
  • Currently on the Advisory Board of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry of the Government of India.
  • Founder Trustee of Film Industry Welfare Trust established in the year 1996.
  • Vice President of the Film Producers’ Guild of India for the last 10 years.
  • Received the BBC Asia Awards twice – in 1998 and 2001 for his outstanding contribution in films.
  • Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Lifetime Achievement award in 2001.
  • Certificate of Recognition from the British Tourist Authority and British Film Commission for promoting tourism in the UK through his films.
  • Vocational Excellence Award by the Rotary Club
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards by the apex bodies of Indian Industry – like the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).
  • He was honoured by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) at Malaysia for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Honoured by NAASCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) and AIAI (All India Association of Industries) for his outstanding achievements.
  • He has also been awarded the Priyadarshini Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2001, the topmost and the highest honour given in the Indian film industry.
  • He had been given the Maharastra state government’s Raj Kapoor and V. Shantaram’ Awards, in recognition of his impressive contributions to the Hindi film industry.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th Pune International Film Festival 2006 [P.I.F.F.]
  • A lifetime membership to BAFTA for his contribution to the Indian film industry. He is the first Indian to be honored at BAFTA in 59-year history of the academy.
  • Honorary Doctorate in Art by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire
  • FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
  • Honorary Doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, July 2010.
  • National Kishore Kumar Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • Swiss Ambassador's Award 2010 for his contribution in promoting 'Brand Switzerland' through his movies.
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