Yash Chopra (Hindi: यश चोपड़ा Yas copra; born September 27, 1932 in Jullunder, Punjab, British India; † 21 October 2012 in Mumbai, Maharashtra ) was an Indian film director and producer. He was one of the most influential personalities of Bollywood. Yash Chopra had his own production company, Yash Raj Films.
Yash Chopra began as an assistant director, among others, his older brother, Baldev Raj Chopra film director. His first film under his own name in 1959 was the successful Dhool Ka Phool, socially engaged story of illegitimate motherhood. The commercial breakthrough was Chopra with Waqt (1965, with Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Balraj Sahni and ), for which he received his first Filmfare Award / Best Director, three more followed for Ittefaq (1969, with Rajesh Khanna ), Daag (1973, with Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna ) and Deewaar (1975, with Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan ). The latter is regarded as one of the most important Hindi films of all time. In the 1980s, Chopra then produced some flops.
Since Chandni (1989, with Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi ) Yash Chopra was able to return to earlier successes. He had managed to adapt to the changing public taste and therefore was also the end of the 1990s, still a leading director of Bollywood. It Chopra sat still on the tension of the Stars and occupied his 1997 film Dil To Pagal Hai with Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Kumar.
He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002. His last film was the blockbuster Veer Zaara, successful, not least through the use of Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji and Amitabh Bachchan. Padma Bhushan in 2005 Chopra was given.
As a producer with his company established in 1973, Yash Raj Films Yash Chopra was also involved in a large number of blockbusters including Bunty Aur Babli or last Mohabbatein in which his son Uday Chopra acted as a performer and his son Aditya Chopra directed. From 9 February to 19 February 2006, he was member of the jury at the International Film Festival in Berlin in 2006.
With 21 directing credits, three screenplays and 31 listed in the IMDB producer activities during 40 years in the Indian film industry Chopra was one of the " living legends " of Indian cinema, one of countless awards received and exercised great influence.
On October 21, 2012 Yash Chopra died in a hospital on dengue fever.