Aditya Chopra

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Aditya Chopra
Aditya Chopra returns from vacation.jpg
Born Aditya Chopra
(1971-05-21) 21 May 1971 (age 42)
Mumbai, Maharashtra,  India
Residence JVPD, Mumbai, India
Ethnicity Punjabi
Alma mater Bombay Scottish
HRCCE
University of Mumbai
Occupation Director
Producer (Film & Telefilm)
Screenwriter
Distributor (Film & Telefilm)
Co-founder of Yash Raj Studios
Chairman of Yash Raj Films
Years active 1988–present
Known for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Ek Tha Tiger
The Dhoom Trilogy
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Payal Khanna
(m. 2001-2009; divorced) [1]
Rani Mukerji
(m. 2014-present) [2][3]
Parents Yash Chopra
Pamela Chopra
Awards National Film Award (as director) [4]
Filmfare Award (screenplay) [5]
IIFA Award (story) [6]
Stardust Award (dialogue) [7]
Screen Award (as producer) [8]
Zee Cine Award (as producer) [9]
Apsara Award (as producer) [10]

Aditya Chopra is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and distributor.[11] His work as a director includes Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Mohabbatein (2000), and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008).[12]

If Hindi cinema is today singing new songs, the source music is 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (The Braveheart will take the Bride – 1995), the breakthrough directorial debut of the late Yash Chopra's eldest son, Aditya Chopra. Known to the world by its acronym, DDLJ, it is still running theatrically - around 18 years after it was originally released. It is now the longest running movie in Indian cinema history. And the age of the director when he directed DDLJ: a mere 23.[13]

Aditya Chopra was born in 1971 and became an avid film buff from his early childhood. And while his schooling in film started with viewing films, his college and university were his father Yash Chopra’s home productions. His own film career kicked off as an assistant to his father in ‘Chandni’ (Moonlight – 1989), ‘Lamhe’ (Moments – 1991) and ‘Darr’ (Fear – 1993) followed quickly thereafter. [14]

Career[edit]

By the time he was 23, Aditya was ready to direct his first film, with the active encouragement of his father. Released on 20th October 1995, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ became not just one of the largest grossers in Indian film history ever but a landmark in Indian cinema. His singular touch was evident in every frame of the movie; and its freshness, wit, romance and chemistry between the lead pair – and the unique marriage of a hip modern sensibility married to a belief in Indian traditions won every heart over. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayengewas truly an Aditya Chopra product in every sense. He was responsible for the story, screenplay and dialogue in addition to direction. He won every conceivable award for this film, including the National Award the Best Film for providing Popular and Wholesome Entertainment. [15]

The British Film Institute also commissioned a book on this record-breaking film, under the BFI Modern Classics series. This is the first Hindi film to be chosen in this series of critical studies of international films produced over the last three decades, reflecting the enormous impact this movie had on global Indian audiences.[16] Aditya followed up the incredible success of DDLJ, by writing the screenplay and dialogues of ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (The Heart Is Crazy – 1997), directed by Yash Chopra. A sensitively written film on love and friendship, it was one of the most successful films of the year winning him India’s most respected award – the Filmfare Award, for ‘Best Dialogue’. [17] Aditya Chopra’s second film as a director, ‘Mohabbatein’ (Love Stories – 2000) was a worthy successor to his first film and was one of the top grossing films of the year. ‘Mohabbatein’ was shot later and was instrumental also in reviving the then dormant career of superstar Amitabh Bachchan. [18] In 2004, Aditya Chopra donned the mantle of producer and created ‘Hum Tum’ (U n I) and ‘Dhoom’ (Blast), both of which achieved critical and commercial success and were amongst the highest grossing Hindi films of the year. These movies also heralded the advent of movie marketing techniques and efforts little seen in India till then. That year, he also co-produced and wrote the story, screenplay & dialogues of ‘Veer-Zaara’ (Veer and Zaara) – directed by Yash Chopra and once again was the biggest grossing film of the year. It helped him garner more Filmfare Award glory, this time for ‘Best Story’ and ‘Best Dialogue’. [19] In 2005, Aditya Chopra’s creative and marketing magic were unleashed once again with ‘BuntyaurBabli’ (Bunty and Babli) and ‘Salaam Namaste’ (Greetings). Not only were they monster hits, the songs from these movies became raging hits and stayed on the charts for more than a year. Clearly, Yash Chopra’s magic touch with music had not passed his son by. The year culminated in the hip and contemporary ‘Neal ‘n’ Nikki’ (Neal and Nikki). [20] 2006 saw the release of ‘Fanaa’ (Destroyed in Love). A different story, a unique star pairing, and the marketing magic of Yash Raj Films ensured that Fanaa toppled box office records in India and was a raging hit across the world. [21] ‘Dhoom: 2’ (Blast: 2), the second release of 2006, became a trail-blazer and created havoc at the box-office. A sequel to the earlier biker’s film, the gross collections of ‘Dhoom: 2’ in India as well as overseas shattered records. With 'Kabul Express' (2006), Aditya Chopra produced his first film for an international audience – a new vision for a new vista. This was the first foray into this segment of filmmaking, with many more to come. The critically acclaimed 'Kabul Express' was also screened at various International Film Festivals. The 2007 releases include 'Ta Ra Rum Pum', 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom' (Groovin' On), 'Chak De India' (Go for it, India), 'Laaga Chunari Mein Daag – Journey of a woman' and 'Aaja Nachle' (Dance with me). 'Chak De India' was one of the most successful films of the year commercially and also won unprecedented critical acclaim and awards from all across the world. [22] The 2008 releases included 'Tashan' (Attitude), 'Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic' (Little bit of Love, Little bit of Magic), 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' (Caution Ladies! Love Ahead) and 'Roadside Romeo' – the first full length animated feature film co-produced by Yash Raj Films along with Walt Disney Pictures, the world leaders in animation. [23] 2008's last release was Aditya Chopra's third directorial venture after eight years, 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' (A Match Made in Heaven) has been the highest grossing film of all-time for both Yash Raj Films and India's superstar, Shahrukh Khan. [24] The 2009 releases included 'New York', 'Dil Bole Hadippa' (Heart Goes Hurrah) and 'Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year'. The 2010 releases included 'Pyaar Impossible' (She's So Fine), 'Badmaash Company' (The Big Idea), 'Lafangey Parindey' (Dare To Dream) and 'Band Baaja Baaraat' (Wedding Planners), which launched Ranveer Singh in the lead and was one of the most successful films of the year. [25] 1st January, 2010 marked the entry of "YRF Television", spear-headed by Aditya Chopra, ushering a new wave of television viewing experience. The first season had a lineup of 5 new shows - "1 non-fiction" (Lift Kara De) and "4 fictions" (Mahi Way, Rishta.com, Powder & Seven) which were daringly different, contemporary and in line with sensibilities of today's Indian family. The second season had 2 new fiction shows (Khotey Sikkey & Kismat). [26] Under his vision, Yash Raj Films has launched a youth films studio, "Y-Films" in 2011. A dynamic, vibrant start-up at the intersection of films, creativity and youth culture that hopes to challenge the norm and detonate boundaries. Giving the youth a creative outlet and voice that will entertain and unite on film and beyond. Keeping with its vision of being a platform for new talent, Y-Films has already released 2 films in 2011 (‘Luv KaThe End’ & ‘MujhseFraaandshipKaroge’) and 1 film in 2013 (‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’) with more films lined up that will be a launch pad for new directors and stars. [27] The other 2011 releases were ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ and ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’. The 2012 releases include ‘Ishaqzaade’, ‘EkTha Tiger’ and ‘Jab TakHaiJaan’ with more films lined up in 2013. [28] Aditya Chopra personally oversees all creative and technical aspects of all the activities of the company and has created a formidable team of creative and technical talent, recognized probably as the best in India. This in-house pool of talent forms the core creative team, working on all its future films. [29] Aditya Chopra, as a producer and creative head of Yash Raj Films, has launched various successful directors in the course of the last few years – with each one a recognized directorial talent in his own right and each one making a series of films for Yash Raj Films. His endeavor to unearth more directorial talent continues. In his business avatar, Aditya Chopra is the Chairman - the driving force behind all the expansion plans and visions of the company. Aditya Chopra, along with his father, Yash Chopra was voted as the most powerful person in the Indian Entertainment business for two years in a row in a poll conducted by Filmfare in 2005 and 2006. Under Aditya Chopra, Yash Raj Films is truly on its way to becoming India's only truly complete movie studio, and one of the giants of global film making. While his films continue to weave magic, his story is rapidly becoming a case study on the second generation building on and outstripping the visions of the first! [17]


YRF launched a number of budding screenwriters and directors under their banner throughout these years. Directors and screenwriters such as Karan Johar (his Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was co-produced and released by Yash Raj Film Distributors), Kunal Kohli, Kabir Khan, Sanjay Gadhvi, Jaideep Sahni, Siddharth Anand, Shimit Amin, Habib Faisal, Shaad Ali, Maneesh Sharma and Vijay Acharya debuted under Yash Raj Films and have gone on to become independent entities in films. The company also produced films for filmmakers such as Anil Mehta and Pradeep Sarkar under their banner. Yash Raj Films was eventually ranked at Number 1 (among the most successful film production companies in India) in a survey conducted by Filmfare and at Number 27 (among the most successful film production companies in the world) in a survey by the Hollywood Reporter, both under the vice-chairmanship of Chopra.[30]

YRF Studios[edit]

On realising the lack of a proper film shooting studio during their years of film making, YRF gradually went on build their dream film production studio in the year 2005, located in Mumbai city. The first film to be shot in YRF Studios was the company's 2006 critical and commercial blockbuster, Fanaa. Some of the notable films of outside banners that were shot in the studio over the years are; Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Partner (2007), Taare Zameen Par (2007), Dostana (2008), Wanted (2009), 3 Idiots (2009), My Name Is Khan (2010), Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ra.One (2011), Agneepath (2012), Chennai Express (2013), Jai Ho (2014) and P.K. (2014).

Network Show Original Run Host
STAR Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain 2008 Shahrukh Khan
Tere Mere Beach Mein 2009 Farah Khan
India's Most Desirable 2011 Simi Garewal
Koffee With Karan (also worldwide distribution rights) 2011 to present Karan Johar
Satyamev Jayate (also worldwide distribution rights) 2012 to present Aamir Khan
SET Filmfare Awards 2006 to present Various
10 Ka Dum 2008 to 2009 Salman Khan
Kaun Banega Crorepati 2010 to present Amitabh Bachchan
NDTV Oye! Its Friday 2008 to 2009 Farhan Akhtar
Nachle Ve 2008 to 2011 Saroj Khan
Greenathon 2008 to present Vikram Chandra & Sonia Singh
Zor Ka Jhatka 2011 Shahrukh Khan
Isi Ka Naam Zindagi 2012 Raveena Tandon

The studio was created and designed by Chopra and his then wife, Payal Khanna and is equipped with high technology film shooting equipment and goods. The studio sprawling over 20 acres (81,000 m2) and towering up to six floors is used to shoot films for the company and is also rented for other film makers and television shoots like 10 Ka Dum and Kaun Banega Crorepati for Sony and Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain, Koffee With Karan and Satyamev Jayate for STAR.[31]

YRF Home Entertainment[edit]

Apart from film production, Chopra's Yash Raj Films also distributed (theatrical, home entertainment and satellite) and canvassed a wide variety of Independent films that came out of the Parallel Cinema industry of India like Godmother (1999), Zubeidaa (2001), Maqbool (2004), Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2004), Black (2005), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) that helped them leverage against a powerful film production house such as his and thereby reach a wider audience on their release. Yash Raj Film Distributors also released several big-budgeted films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Biwi No.1 (1999), Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Koi Mil Gaya (2003), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Krrish (2006) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). In 2013, the company's distribution leg reportedly sold the satellite rights of its highly anticipated venture, Dhoom 3 for INR75 crore (US$13 million) [32] to Sony Entertainment Television.[33]

YRF Music[edit]

After constantly delivering musical successes like Darr, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Dil To Pagal Hai throughout the years of its existence, the company decided to leverage on their growing clout in the music industry. YRF established their independent feature music distribution leg under the name YRF Music in 2004. The leg was developed for the purpose of digital as well as physical distribution of all the film soundtracks released under the banner. The first soundtrack to be distributed under YRF Music was the company's critical and commercial musical blockbuster Veer Zaara. The leg established careers of a lot budding music composers throughout the years, who leveraged themselves against scoring music for YRF projects, like Jatin Lalit (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), Shankar Ehsaan Loy (Bunty Aur Babli), Pritam (Dhoom), Vishal Shekhar (Salaam Namaste), Salim Sulaiman (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi), Amit Trivedi (Ishaqzaade), Ram Sampath (Luv Ka The End), Sajid Wajid (Daawat-e-Ishq), Sohail Sen (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), Raghu Dixit (Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge), Sachin Jigar (Shuddh Desi Romance) and Amartya Rahut (Aurangzeb).[34]

YRF Television[edit]

The year 2010 marked the entry of YRF into Indian Television. YRF Television, launched on 1 January 2010, have coupled with Sony Entertainment Television for the broadcast of five new shows running on the prime time television slot.[35]

Shows[edit]

Walt Disney buyout-refusal[edit]

Salman Khan walking on the ramp
Chopra signed Salman for Ek Tha Tiger
Shahrukh Khan at Tag Heur Press Conference
Chopra signed Shahrukh for Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Close-up of Aamir Khan
Chopra signed Aamir for Dhoom 3

The Walt Disney Company entered Indian Entertainment in 2007 through a three-film co-production agreement (Ta Ra Rum Pum, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Roadside Romeo) with Yash Raj Films. Disney's move was seen as a bid to increase its global clout and finally entering the increasingly lucrative Indian Cinema arena. Moreover, it offered a 49% acquisition of YRF at INR2500 crore (US$420 million) [36] (unadjusted for inflation) in 2009, which took the valuation of the Indian entertainment company to INR5000 crore (US$840 million),[37] at the time. However, YRF declined the acquisition offer made by the American conglomerate, as it wanted to continue as an independent film production house in India. But in 2011, a 100% share acquisition offer by Walt Disney Studios was accepted by UTV at INR2000 crore (US$330 million) [38] (unadjusted for inflation). The two companies together established Disney UTV, that now functions as the Indian subsidiary of the American company.

As vice-chairman[edit]

The company saw an all time low, with several of their high budgeted films not doing well at the box office despite favourable critical reviews and the company thereby suffering losses amounting to millions from 2007 to 2010. The film's broke YRF's perfect success ratio and were oddly released one after another. Some of the most unsuccessful films produced under the banner were Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Tashan, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Roadside Romeo, and Pyaar Impossible. Chopra, then took over as the Vice Chairman of Yash Raj Films in 2010, soon after the release of the film Badmaash Company under the same banner.[39]

2011 landmark deal[edit]

In 2011, Yash Raj Films took the critical decision of banking on the successes of 3 Idiots, Ra.One and Bodyguard and went into production of three individual Mainstream films with Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3 (for which Chopra wrote the story), Shahrukh Khan for Jab Tak Hai Jaan (for which Chopra wrote the story, screenplay and dialogue) and with Salman Khan for Ek Tha Tiger (for which Chopra wrote the story), a feat that has never been achieved by any film production company, till date. The move was seen as a landmark deal by YRF as it engaged three of the most successful box office actors of Indian Cinema in independent projects, at the time. Moreover, the three films turned out to be the most expensive productions by YRF; Ek Tha Tiger was produced at INR75 crore (US$13 million),[40] Jab Tak Hai Jaan was produced at INR60 crore (US$10 million) [41] and Dhoom 3 was produced at INR100 crore (US$17 million).[42]

Name Day of Release Screen Releases Distribution Budget Worldwide Gross
Ek Tha Tiger Eid (2012) 3,850 screens [43] Yash Raj Film Distributors INR75 crore (US$13 million) [40] INR310 crore (US$52 million) [44]
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Diwali (2012) 3,100 screens [45] Yash Raj Film Distributors INR60 crore (US$10 million) [41] INR250 crore (US$42 million) [46]
Dhoom 3 Christmas (2013) 5,250 screens [47] Yash Raj Film Distributors INR100 crore (US$17 million) [42] INR535 crore (US$89 million) [48][49]

All three of these films shattered Box Office records of India and went on to become some of the highest grossing films of their time. Ek Tha Tiger, which released on the 66th Independence Day of India, earned approximately INR310 crore (US$52 million) [44] and thereby became the fourth highest grossing film of Indian Cinema. It is currently the highest grossing film for Salman Khan. Jab Tak Hai Jaan opened worldwide on the Diwali day of 2012 and went on to earn INR250 crore (US$42 million) [46] and became the fifth highest grossing film in India. Dhoom 3 released in (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu & Arabic) on the Christmas week of 2013 and grossed approximately INR535 crore (US$89 million) [48][49] in the worldwide market and went on to become the highest grossing film of Indian Cinema, as of January 2014. The three films gradually helped re-cement the dominant position of YRF in the Indian Entertainment market.

Highest grossing films (under Chopra's production)[edit]
Rank Name Year of Release Worldwide Gross (adjusted for inflation) Starring Director
1 Dhoom 3 2013 INR535 crore (US$89 million) [48][49] Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan & Katrina Kaif Vijay Acharya
2 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 INR320 crore (US$53 million) [50] Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Aditya Chopra
3 Ek Tha Tiger 2012 INR310 crore (US$52 million) [44] Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif Kabir Khan
4 Jab Tak Hai Jaan 2012 INR250 crore (US$42 million) [46] Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif & Anushka Sharma Yash Chopra
5 Dhoom 2 2006 INR190 crore (US$32 million) [51] Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai & Abhishek Bachchan Sanjay Gadhvi
6 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 2008 INR172 crore (US$29 million) [52] Shahrukh Khan & Anushka Sharma Aditya Chopra
7 Mohabbatein 2000 INR150 crore (US$25 million) [50] Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan & Aishwarya Rai Aditya Chopra
8 Veer Zaara 2005 INR144 crore (US$24 million) [50] Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta & Rani Mukerji Yash Chopra
9 Fanaa 2006 INR132 crore (US$22 million) [53] Aamir Khan & Kajol Kunal Kohli
10 Gunday 2014 INR125 crore (US$21 million) [54] Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor & Priyanka Chopra Ali Zafar
Highest grossing films (under Chopra's distribution)[edit]
Rank Name Year of Release Worldwide Gross (adjusted for inflation) Starring Producer
1 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham [55] 2001 INR224 crore (US$37 million) [50] Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Dharma Productions
2 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai [56] 1998 INR222 crore (US$37 million) [50] Shahrukh Khan, Kajol & Rani Mukerji Dharma Productions
3 Krrish [57] 2006 INR150 crore (US$25 million) [50] Hrithik Roshan & Priyanka Chopra FilmKRAFT
4 Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai [58] 2000 INR147 crore (US$25 million) [50] Hrithik Roshan & Amisha Patel FilmKRAFT
5 Koi Mil Gaya [59] 2003 INR144 crore (US$24 million) [50] Hrithik Roshan & Preity Zinta FilmKRAFT

As chairman[edit]

After the demise of Chopra's father, Yash Chopra, in 2012, it was confirmed that Aditya Chopra was to be elevated to the position of Chairman of Yash Raj Films and eventually taking over the INR4000 crore (US$670 million) [60] company. YRF gradually went on to re-position itself into an extremely agile and aggressive film producing company that came out with an increasing number of films with each passing year, under the guidance of Chopra and the company's upper management.[61]

Work with new-comers (Talent Management)[edit]

Apart from producing big-budgeted films with established actors, YRF also announced several films featuring relative new-comers in the fourth quarter of Fiscal year 2012; Aurangzeb starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sashaa Agha and Arjun Kapoor, Gunday starring Ranveer Singh, Bewakoofiyan starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Sonam Kapoor, Daawat-e-Ishq with Aditya Roy Kapoor, Mardaani with Rani Mukerji and Kill Dil starring Ali Zafar and Govinda.[62] The films are slated to release all through 2013 and 2014 and are seen as a strategic move by the company to infuse newer talent into Indian Cinema in the form of actors, screenwriters, directors and technicians. In a bid to break away from the traditional star system of Indian Cinema, the company ventured into producing low-budgeted independent film's with new talent (actors, creatives and technicians) from 2008. Apart from working with upcoming actors, the company independently launched several new faces as leading actors in several of their big-budgeted films through their home banner and through Y Films,[63] including:

Name Film Description Year
Ranbir Kapoor Bachna Ae Haseeno Second film 2008
Deepika Padukone Bachna Ae Haseeno Second film (Hindi) 2008
Anushka Sharma Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Debut 2008
Neil Nitin Mukesh New York Third film (as lead) 2009
Shazahn Padamsee Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year Debut 2009
Vir Das Badmaash Company Second film 2010
Ranveer Singh Band Baaja Baaraat Debut 2010
Parineeti Chopra Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Debut 2011
Shraddha Kapoor Luv Ka The End Second film 2011
Taaha Shah Luv Ka The End Debut 2011
Saqib Saleem Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Debut 2011
Ali Zafar Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Second film 2011
Arjun Kapoor Ishaqzaade Debut 2012
Prithviraj Aurangzeb Second film (Hindi) 2013
Sashaa Agha Aurangzeb Debut 2013
Sushant Singh Rajput Shuddh Desi Romance Second film 2013
Vaani Kapoor Shuddh Desi Romance Debut 2013
Ayushmann Khurrana Bewakoofiyan Third film 2014
Aditya Roy Kapur Daawat-e-Ishq Second film (as lead) 2014
Kapil Sharma Bank-Chor Debut 2014

Sensing a keen following of Indian Cinema in Japan during the Festival de Cannes, YRF Studios decided to re-release Ek Tha Tiger on 8 March 2013 and Jab Tak Hai Jaan on 20 April 2013 in an association with The Nikkatsu Corporation. The deal was further extended to the release of Dhoom 3 on 25 December 2013 during the MAMI Film Festival.[64]

YRF Entertainment[edit]

In a bid to strengthen their foothold in the United States and the European market, the company established its international film producing leg; YRF Entertainment, which was solely focused on production and financing of international film content. The first film to independently release under the banner was the 2012 romantic comedy The Longest Week which starred Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup. The film did moderately well in the worldwide box office and managed break-even.[65]

The next film to be released under YRF Entertainment is The Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. The film is co-produced by Arash Amel. Primary filming of the project is complete and the film is slated for a March 2014 release. The company also announced Paani, a Hollywood film production directed by Shekhar Kapur, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and its maiden Anglo-Indian film project that would be co-produced by Mira Nair under the Mirabai Films banner and directed by Shimit Amin. In 2013, the company also announced its next venture, Seducing Ingrid Bergman based on the life of Ingrid Bergman, written by Chris Greenhalgh and Arash Amel.[66]

Regional market entry[edit]

YRF forayed into regional Indian film production in 2013, with Aaha Kalyanam, a remake of their 2010 critical and commercial blockbuster Band Baaja Baaraat starring Nani and debutant Vaani Kapoor. The Tamil-Telugu bilingual project would be directed by Gokul Krishna and produced by Chopra. YRF plans to launch both the lead actress and director with this film. The untitled film completed the first schedule of its principal photography in Chennai in May 2013, with the next two schedules to be held in Hyderabad and Mysore in July 2013. Moreover, the studio also released Tamil and Telugu versions of its Dhoom 3 for the South Indian market. The company plans to deliver remakes from its existing catalog as well as new and original regional content (in Tamil and Telugu), but also content that is set to break into other regional film markets (Malayalam and Tulu) of the south.[67]

Tie-ups[edit]

Throughout the years of its existence, YRF inked various strategic business agreements with independent film and media entities present in the country.

Entity Period Description
Sa Re Ga Ma HMV [68] 1995 to
2005
Music rights of all films produced under the YRF banner (deal existed till the launch of the company's independent music distribution leg, YRF Music)
Raj Kapoor Films [69] 1995 to
present
Satellite and home entertainment rights to all films produced under the Raj Kapoor Films banner through the company's home entertainment division, YRF Home Entertainment
Sony TV [70] 1995 to
present
Exclusive satellite rights of all films produced under the YRF banner
Dharma Productions [71] 1998 to
2008
Film distribution and home entertainment rights of all films produced by Dharma Productions (deal existed till the release of Dostana)
FilmKRAFT [72] 2000 to
2008
Theatrical and home entertainment rights to all films produced under the FilmKRAFT banner (deal existed till the release of Krazzy 4)
Disney [73]
(NYSEDIS)
2006 to
2008
3-film (Ta Ra Rum Pum, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Roadside Romeo) co-production agreement with Walt Disney Studios
The IMAX Corporation [74]
(NYSEIMAX)
2012 to
present
2-film co-production agreement (with IMAX) for the third instalment of The Dhoom Trilogy and Paani (by the company's Hollywood film production leg, YRF Entertainment)
Dolby Laboratories [75]
(NYSEDLB)
2013 to
present
Multi-film co-production agreement for all YRF projects (as of October 2013)
The Nikkatsu Corporation [64]
(JASDAQ: 4835)
2013 to
present
3-film exclusive distribution agreement for Ek Tha Tiger, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Dhoom 3 in the Japanese market
Dell Inc. [76]
(NASDAQDELL)
2013 to
present
Joint Venture agreement with Dell Computers for digitization and electronic re-distribution of the entire YRF Library up to Fiscal year 2015
Dibakar Banerjee Productions [77] 2013 to
2015
3-film co-production agreement for feature films to be directed by Dibakar Banerjee
Mirabai Films [78] 2013 to
2015
Co-production agreement (with Mira Nair) for a feature film to be directed by Shimit Amin and released under YRF Entertainment

Legal issues (Controversies)[edit]

Aaja Nachle (2007)[edit]
Cover Page of the Mumbai Mirror on 27 December 2008

The company was caught in a legal entanglement in 2007 when the Government of Uttar Pradesh moved the Supreme Court against Yash Raj Films for Aaja Nachle because the film's soundtrack contained objectionable lyrics, according to them. A petition to ban the film and stall its release in Uttar Pradesh (along with Punjab & Haryana territories) was filed to the Central Government of India by the Uttar Pradesh Government on 29 October 2007. The 3-day ban was eventually lifted after Yash Raj Films changed lyrics of the objectionable song.[79]

Ghajini (2008)[edit]

Photographers of the Indian media caught a glimpse of the extremely reclusive Chopra on 27 December 2008. Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Aamir Khan's Ghajini were the two big Indian releases of the year 2008 and were pitted against each other by the Press; Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was to release on Diwali and Ghajini was to release on Christmas, with a gap of a few weeks between them. Chopra was present at a private screening of Ghajini that was held by Khan, for members of the film industry. Chopra was seen leaving through the back entrance of the theatre premise around 2 AM, just before the end credits of the film. On spotting multiple journalists outside the venue, he reportedly panicked and desperately sprinted towards his car to avoid being photographed. Chopra pulled down the sun visor of his car and hid inside it as he drove away. He even dropped his phone and damaged it, in the process. Images of a scared and petrified Chopra covering his face with his arms became front page news of a leading Indian tabloid. The article called Chopra a very powerful man, behaving like a trapped animal, even though it carried a statement by "one of his close friend's" who called him a simple, introverted guy. The event however fuelled further reports of Chopra suffering from an alleged social anxiety disorder and/or APD.[80]

Son of Sardar (2012)[edit]

Moreover, in 2012, Ajay Devgan, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Eros International together moved the Competition Commission of India against Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra, accusing the company of using monopolistic business practices and rampantly abusing their dominant position and clout in the Entertainment Industry of India by entering into a tie-in arrangement with 1,500 single screen film exhibitors (out of a total of 2,100) of India, that obliged them to showcase the company's Jab Tak Hai Jaan (and not Son Of Sardar) on the Diwali week of 2012 and continue its theatrical run for two weeks after the worldwide release. The trio eventually moved the Competition Appellate Tribunal on 30 October 2012 against Yash Raj Films but were turned down by the bench heading the Tribunal. Both films opened on November 13, 2012; Jab Tak Hai Jaan released in 3500 screens and Son Of Sardar released in 2000 screens, in the worldwide market. However, in November 2013, the CCI dismissed the case filing as they found YRF to not be in contravention of the Competition Act of India.[81]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Executive Producer Notes
1989 Chandni Yes Also Second Assistant Director (with Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar)
1991 Lamhe Yes Also First Assistant Director (with Karan Johar)
1993 Darr Yes Also First Assistant Director (with Karan Johar)
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Yes Yes Won 10 Filmfare Awards
National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
1997 Dil To Pagal Hai Yes Yes Won 9 Filmfare awards
Won 3 National Film Awards
2000 Mohabbatein Yes Yes Won 4 Filmfare awards
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Yes
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Yes Yes
2004 Hum Tum Yes Won 5 Filmfare awards
Best Actor
Dhoom Yes Won 2 Filmfare Awards
Veer-Zaara Yes Yes Won 7 Filmfare awards
National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Yes Yes Won 3 Filmfare awards
Salaam Namaste Yes Yes Won 4 Filmfare awards
Neal 'n' Nikki Yes
2006 Dhoom 2 Yes Won a Filmfare Award
Fanaa Yes Won 3 Filmfare Awards
Kabul Express Yes Best First Film of a Director
2007 Tara Rum Pum Yes
Chak De India Yes Won 5 Filmfare Awards & National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Yes Yes
Aaja Nachle Yes
2008 Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Yes
Bachna Ae Haseeno Yes
Roadside Romeo Yes Won Outstanding Animation in an Animated Motion Picture at the Visual Effects Society Awards
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Yes Yes Yes Won 7 Filmfare Awards
2009 New York Yes Yes Won Asian Filmmaker of the Year award
Dil Bole Hadippa! Yes
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year Yes Won a Filmfare Award
2010 Pyaar Impossible Yes Co-produced with Uday Chopra under Yash Raj Films banner
Lafangey Parindey Yes
Badmaash Company Yes
Band Baaja Baaraat Yes Won 2 Filmfare Awards
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Yes Won 1 Filmfare Award[82]
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Yes
2012 Ishaqzaade Yes Won 1 Filmfare Award
The Longest Week Yes Produced under YRF Entertainment
Ek Tha Tiger Yes Yes Won 5 People's Choice Awards India
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Yes Yes Won 3 Filmfare Award
2013 Aurangzeb Yes
Shuddh Desi Romance Yes
Dhoom 3 Yes Yes Co-produced with The IMAX Corporation for worldwide distribution rights
2014 Gunday Yes
The Grace of Monaco Yes Produced under YRF Entertainment
Bewakoofiyaan Yes
Daawat-e-Ishq Yes
Mardaani Yes
Kill Dil Yes Yes
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Yes
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Yes
2015 Bank-Chor Yes
Titli Yes Co-produced with Dibakar Banerjee Productions
Shimit Amin's next Yes Co-produced by YRF Entertainment and Mirabai Films
Paani Yes Yes
Seducing Ingrid Bergman Yes Produced under YRF Entertainment
Fan Yes Yes
2016 Aditya Chopra`s Next Yes Yes Yes

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