Yash Chopra passed away on October 21, 2012 in Mumbai. Born in Lahore (Now Pakistan) in 1932, Yash Chopra was 80 years old. It wont be wrong to say that Yash Chopra has given Indian silver screen the best ever and land mark on screen romances over the years. He is remembered as the King of romance by many. Starting off his directorial career in 1950s under his brother B.R. Chopra’s guidance, Yash Chopra’s first directorial was Dhool ka Phool (1959). His company Yash Raj Films was launched in 1973. The first film under this banner was Dagh (1973). Yash Chopra in 1970s directed and produced many land mark movies of Indian cinema. These movies almost all had Amitabh Bachchan in the lead, thus the successful film journey of both Amitabh Bachchan and Yash Chopra appears intertwined in the decade of 1970s. Deewar (1975) is one of the best angry young man performances by Amitabh Bachchan till date. Kabhi Kabhie (1976) is undoubtedly one of the best ever musicals from Bollywood. Trishul (1978) again had Amitabh Bachchan as an angry young man.
In 1980s Yash Chopra focused more on romances, which in the long run proved to be his true forte. In 1980s and 1990s, Yash Chopra made movies which were female oriented, or at least gave a lot of weight to the leading ladies. Out of the routine damsel-in-distress roles of the leading ladies, Yash Chopra carved out the ultimate romances of Silsila (1981), Chandni (1989) and Lamhe (1991). Silsila is a landmark movie for Rekha, and so are Chandni and Lamhe for Sridevi. Mashaal (1984) and Vijay (1988) were also made in the 1980s but failed at box office. Yash Chopra’s Chandni brought romance and music back to Indian films.
In 1990s and post 2000 Yash Chopra has directed fewer movies. Yash Raj has produced many box office hits during this time. Yash Chopra directed Shahrukh Khan in his trend setting movie Darr (1993). Since then he has directed the King Khan in two more romances namely Veer Zara (2004) and Jab tak hai Jaan (2012).
Looking at Yash Chopra’s filmography as a director and producer there are more than 50 films he has worked on, and most of them are good movies; many with good box office results, others with huge critical acclaim. He has received a lot of awards and honours for his work in Indian film industry too.
Best movies of Bollywood film director/producer Yash Chopra
10. Rab ne bna de jori
7. Dil to Pagal Hai
3. Chak de India
1. Dil Waley Dulhaniya le jaen gai