Aditya Chopra

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Aditya Chopra
Aditya Chopra returns from vacation.jpg
Aditya Chopra in 2012
Born (1971-05-21) 21 May 1971 (age 44)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Residence JVPD, Mumbai, India
Ethnicity Punjabi
Alma mater Bombay Scottish
University of Mumbai
Occupation Director
Producer (Film & Telefilm)
Broadcast Producer (Telefilm)
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
Spouse(s) Payal Khanna
(m. 2001–2009; divorced) [1]
Rani Mukerji
(m. 2014–present) [2]
Parent(s) Yash Chopra
Pamela Chopra
Relatives See The Chopra-Johar family
Awards National Award (as director) [3]
Filmfare Award (screenplay) [4]
IIFA Award (story) [5]
Stardust Award (dialogue) [6]
Screen Award (as producer)
Zee Cine Award (as producer) [7]
Apsara Award (as producer) [8]

Aditya Chopra (born 21 May 1971) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, broadcast producer and distributor.[9] His work as a director includes Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Mohabbatein (2000), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and Befikre (2016) (his entry into nu-experimental cinema).[10][11]

He is also the current chairman of India's 45-year-old multi-national film, media and entertainment conglomerate, Yash Raj Films (YRF). Chopra has written and produced a number of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films under the banner like Saathiya (2002), Veer-Zaara (2004), Hum Tum (2004), Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Fanaa (2006), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), New York (2009), Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ishaqzaade (2012), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), The Dhoom Trilogy (2004, 2006 & 2013) and Gunday (2014). Chopra has also tried to break away from typecast and forayed into production of off-beat films with unique subjects in projects like Kabul Express (2006), Chak De India (2007), Rocket Singh (2009), Aurangzeb (2013), Mardaani (2014), Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015), Titli (2015), Fan (2016) and Paani (2017) (Chopra's entry into mainstream Hollywood), that do not necessarily fit into the realms of Masala films. Moreover, in the year 2014, Chopra became the first Indian producer to move towards a true film studio model through independent projects helmed by producers, writers and directors under the YRF banner.[12]

As of November 2014, Chopra has directed the longest running theatrical film of world cinema,[13] produced the highest grossing film of Indian cinema,[14][15] and has theatrically distributed the second highest grossing film of Indian cinema.[16] Chopra has also produced six other films that have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of more than INR 200 crore[17] (the most for an Indian film producer). Apart from emerging as the most equitable brand in Indian entertainment, his company has earned the status of a movie mogul in the Indian market, through the years of its existence. YRF is often credited for breaking away from the small business model that was historically used by the Indian film industry and introducing a rigid hub and spoke model by establishing distribution networks across the globe. With a majority of its films (especially produced by Chopra) being part of the highest grossing Indian films of all time, the company is estimated to be worth 5200 crore (US$790 million)[18] (as of second quarter of Fiscal 2013) by multiple NSE and BSE analysts, thereby making it the biggest and most successful film production company in the history of Indian cinema.[19] The Directorate of Film Festivals has awarded him the National Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema, on three separate years (1995, 2005, 2007) through the Government of India.[3] Chopra has however remained extremely media-shy and has battled constant reports of an alleged social anxiety disorder and/or APD, throughout his two-decade career.[20]

Early life and education[edit]

Chopra, the elder son of the late filmmaker Yash Chopra and Pamela Chopra, was born on 21 May 1971. Aditya was diagnosed with severe APD as a child and recovered from the disorder throughout his teenage. He completed his formal education and acquired his Indian Certificate of Secondary Education from Bombay Scottish School. He graduated from Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics along with Anil Thadani, Karan Johar and Abhishek Kapoor.[21] He was married to Payal Khanna, until their divorce in 2009. In April 2014, he married actress Rani Mukerji in a private wedding ceremony in Italy.[22]


Chopra started his film making career at the age of 18 as an assistant director, working with his father for films like Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Darr (1993). Chopra, after gaining a respectable amount of experience, started independently at the age of 23 with the all-time blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol for which he was the director and writer. The film was scripted by Chopra and produced by his father Yash Chopra, under the Yash Raj Films banner. Chopra started work on the script of the film in 1990, at the age of 19, and gradually spent time making about five drafts of the film's original script. Chopra even managed to convince his brother Uday Chopra and Karan Johar, both aspiring film makers, to enter the film industry as assistant director's along with the film. Chopra once said that the presence of his relatives during the making of the film worked as a huge emotional support. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge eventually went on to become one of the biggest hits of all time[23] and won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.[24]

Yash Raj Films[edit]

Chopra eventually went on to write the dialogues and the story of his father's 1997 blockbuster Dil To Pagal Hai (which won the National Award), also made under Yash Raj Films. His next film as a director was Mohabbatein with Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan which gave the yester year star a new life in his film career and also launched his brother Uday Chopra into the film industry. The film was also written and co-produced by Chopra and fared very well at the box office. The next film under the Yash Raj Films banner was Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, in 2002 and also starred his brother Uday. The film did moderately well at the box office.[25]

2004 break-through[edit]

In 2004, Chopra produced Hum Tum, Dhoom and Veer Zaara (for which he was also the screenwriter) under the YRF banner. All three films went on to become critical and commercial blockbusters, earning more than 199 crore (US$30 million)[26] (unadjusted for inflation) in the worldwide market. The films became the seventh, fourth and highest-grossing Indian films of 2004. The company won most of the Indian film awards in the year, with Veer Zaara also winning the National Award. This was considered a major break-through for this film producing company and cemented its position as the leader of Indian Entertainment for the following decades which runs till now.

Chopra then produced and wrote several other highly commercial and critically acclaimed films over the years, namely Bunty Aur Babli, Salaam Namaste, Fanaa, Dhoom 2 and Chak De India (which also won the National Award). Chopra also made his third film as a director in 2008 with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi starring Shah Rukh Khan and launching newcomer Anushka Sharma. The film became the highest grossing film for Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Raj Films at that time, grossing 172 crore (US$26 million)[27] in the worldwide market. These films established Yash Raj Films as the most powerful film production company in the history of Indian cinema, with a net worth of 5200 crore (US$790 million)[18] (trade and stock market estimate) and making Chopra one of the most influential people in the country.

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.[28]

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/Cast
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
Yudh (also worldwide distribution rights) 2014 to present Amitabh Bachchan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui
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.[29]

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 75 crore (US$11 million)[30] to Sony Entertainment Television.[31]

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).[32]

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.[33]


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

Walt Disney buyout-refusal[edit]

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 2500 crore (US$380 million)[34] (unadjusted for inflation) in 2009, which took the valuation of the Indian entertainment company to 5000 crore (US$750 million),[35] 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 2000 crore (US$300 million)[36] (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.[24]

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 75 crore (US$11 million),[37] Jab Tak Hai Jaan was produced at 60 crore (US$9.1 million)[38] and Dhoom 3 was produced at 150 crore (US$23 million).[39]

Name Day of Release Screen Releases Distribution Budget Worldwide Gross
Ek Tha Tiger Eid (2012) 3,850 screens[40] Yash Raj Film Distributors 75 crore (US$11 million)[37] 320 crore (US$48 million)[41]
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Diwali (2012) 3,100 screens[42] Yash Raj Film Distributors 60 crore (US$9.1 million)[38] 241 crore (US$36 million)[43]
Dhoom 3 Christmas (2013) 5,250 screens[44] Yash Raj Film Distributors 150 crore (US$23 million)[39] 542 crore (US$82 million)[14][15]

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 320 crore (US$48 million)[41] and thereby became the eleventh highest grossing film of Indian Cinema.Jab Tak Hai Jaan opened worldwide on the Diwali day of 2012 and went on to earn 241 crore (US$36 million)[43] and became the fifteenth highest grossing film in India. Dhoom 3 released in (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu & Arabic) on the Christmas week of 2013 and grossed approximately 542 crore (US$82 million)[14][15] in the worldwide market and went on to become the fourth 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 542 crore (US$82 million)[14][15] Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan & Katrina Kaif Vijay Krishna Acharya
2 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 323 crore (US$49 million) Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Aditya Chopra
3 Ek Tha Tiger 2012 320 crore (US$48 million)[17] Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif Kabir Khan
4 Jab Tak Hai Jaan 2012 241 crore (US$36 million)[43] Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif & Anushka Sharma Yash Chopra
5 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 2008 172 crore (US$26 million)[27] Shahrukh Khan & Anushka Sharma Aditya Chopra
6 Dhoom 2 2006 150 crore (US$23 million)[45] Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai & Abhishek Bachchan Sanjay Gadhvi
7 Mohabbatein 2000 150 crore (US$23 million)[17] Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan & Aishwarya Rai Aditya Chopra
8 Veer Zaara 2004 144 crore (US$22 million)[17] Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta & Rani Mukerji Yash Chopra
9 Fanaa 2006 132 crore (US$20 million)[46] Aamir Khan & Kajol Kunal Kohli
10 Gunday 2014 125 crore (US$19 million)[47] Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor & Priyanka Chopra Ali Abbas Zafar

Highest grossing of the films (under Chopra's distribution)[edit]

Rank Name Year of Release Worldwide Gross (adjusted for inflation) Starring Producer
1 Happy New Year [48] 2014 383 crore (US$58 million)[16] Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone Red Chillies Entertainment
2 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham [49] 2001 224 crore (US$34 million)[17] Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Dharma Productions
3 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai [50] 1998 222 crore (US$34 million)[17] Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji & Salman Khan Dharma Productions
4 Krrish [51] 2006 150 crore (US$23 million)[17] Hrithik Roshan & Priyanka Chopra FilmKRAFT
5 Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai [52] 2000 147 crore (US$22 million)[17] Hrithik Roshan & Amisha Patel 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 5200 crore (US$790 million)[18] 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.[53]

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.[54] 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,[55] 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
Ranveer Singh Band Baaja Baaraat Debut 2010
Vir Das Badmaash Company Second film 2010
Parineeti Chopra Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Debut 2011
Shraddha Kapoor Luv Ka The End Second film 2011
Ali Zafar Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Second film 2011
Saqib Saleem Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Debut 2011
Arjun Kapoor Ishaqzaade Debut 2012
Prithviraj Aurangzeb Second film (Hindi) 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
Bhumi Pednekar Dum Laga Ke Haisha Debut 2015

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.[56]

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.[57]

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.[58]

The BIG 3[edit]

By the year 2014, Yash Raj Films (Aditya Chopra), Disney UTV (Siddharth Roy Kapur) and Dharma Productions (Karan Johar) emerged as the three most dominant players of Indian Cinema, producing and distributing a majority of the highest grossing Indian films of the past few years. Chopra, Kapur and Johar broke new grounds in terms of working with new-comers as well as established stars and came up with path-breaking content that performed extremely well at the Indian Box-office.

Film Year of Release Principal Cast Production Distribution Worldwide Gross Worldwide
Box-office Ranking
PK 2014 Aamir Khan Vinod Chopra Films & Rajkumar Hirani Films Disney UTV 735 crore (US$110 million)[59] 1
Dhoom 3 2013 Aamir Khan Yash Raj Films Yash Raj Film Distributors 542 crore (US$82 million)[60] 4
Chennai Express 2013 Shahrukh Khan Red Chillies Entertainment Disney UTV 422 crore (US$64 million)[61] 5
Happy New Year 2014 Shahrukh Khan Red Chillies Entertainment Yash Raj Film Distributors 383 crore (US$58 million)[62] 7
Kick 2014 Salman Khan Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Disney UTV 377 crore (US$57 million)[62] 8
Ek Tha Tiger 2012 Salman Khan Yash Raj Films Yash Raj Film Distributors 320 crore (US$48 million)[63] 11
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 2013 Ranbir Kapoor Dharma Productions Disney UTV 310 crore (US$47 million)[64] 12
Jab Tak Hai Jaan 2012 Shahrukh Khan Yash Raj Films Yash Raj Film Distributors 241 crore (US$36 million)[62] 15

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.[65]


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[66] 1995 to
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[67] 1995 to
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[68] 1995 to
Exclusive satellite rights of all films produced under the YRF banner
Dharma Productions[69] 1998 to
Film distribution and home entertainment rights of all films produced by Dharma Productions (deal existed till the release of Dostana)
FilmKRAFT[70] 2000 to
Theatrical and home entertainment rights to all films produced under the FilmKRAFT banner (deal existed till the release of Krazzy 4)
2006 to
3-film (Ta Ra Rum Pum, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Roadside Romeo) co-production agreement with Walt Disney Studios
The IMAX Corporation[72]
2012 to
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[73]
2013 to
Multi-film co-production agreement for all YRF projects (as of October 2013)
The Nikkatsu Corporation[56]
2013 to
3-film exclusive distribution agreement for Ek Tha Tiger, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Dhoom 3 in the Japanese market
Dell Inc.[74]
2013 to
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[75] 2013 to
3-film co-production agreement for feature films to be directed by Dibakar Banerjee
Mirabai Films[76] 2013 to
Co-production agreement (with Mira Nair) for a feature film to be directed by Shimit Amin and released under YRF Entertainment

Legal issues[edit]

Aaja Nachle (2007)[edit]

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.[77]

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.[78]

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 13 November 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.[79]

Return to Film direction: Befikre (2016)[edit]

In September 2015, YRF announced Chopra's directorial comeback, titled Befikre, which is scheduled for a 2016 release. [11] The film will star Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor in lead roles.[80][81][82][83] Befikre will be YRF's first nu-Experimental Film, with Chopra calling it a "highly risky" and "young film" that would be produced under 15 crore (US$2.3 million) (excluding executive compensation), which would be highly unusual for the company. The film will mark Chopra's return to the camera after roughly 7 years (his Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi released in 2008).


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 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 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 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[84]
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
Mardaani Yes
Daawat-e-Ishq Yes
Kill Dil Yes Yes
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha Yes Co-production with Maneesh Sharma
Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Yes Co-production with Dibakar Banerjee
Titli Yes Co-production with Dibakar Banerjee
2016 Fan Yes Yes
Befikre Yes Yes Chopra's first nu-Experimental Film (sub-15 crore (US$2.3 million) production)
2017 Paani Yes Yes

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