Aditya Chopra

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Aditya Chopra
Aditya Chopra returns from vacation.jpg
Chopra in 2012
Born (1971-05-21) 21 May 1971 (age 45)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Residence JVPD, Mumbai, India
Ethnicity Punjabi
Alma mater Bombay Scottish
HRCCE
University of Mumbai
Occupation Director
Producer
Screenwriter
Broadcast Producer
Distributor (Film & Telefilm)
Chief Executive of YRF Studios
Chairman of Yash Raj Films
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Payal Khanna
(m. 2001; div. 2009) [1]
Rani Mukerji
(m. 2014) [2]
Parent(s) Yash Chopra
Pamela Chopra
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 Veer-Zaara (2004), Fanaa (2006), Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), The Dhoom Trilogy (2004, 2006 & 2013) and Sultan (2016). He has 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), Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and Fan (2016), that do not necessarily fit into the realms of Masala films. Chopra is also the first Indian film producer to move towards a true film studio model through independent projects helmed by producers, writers and directors under his YRF banner.[12] Major production and post-production work of the company is now carried out of YRF Studios, (co-founded by Payal Khanna (design) and Yash Chopra (production) in the year 2006) where Chopra serves as Chief Executive.[13] As of July 2016, Chopra has directed the longest running theatrical film of world cinema,[14] produced the third highest-grossing film of Indian cinema[15] and has theatrically distributed the sixth highest-grossing film of Indian cinema.[16] He has produced eight other films that have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of more than INR 200 crore[17] (which is 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 net worth of 6,200 crore (US$920 million)[18] (as of second quarter of Fiscal 2015) 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[citation needed] 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. On, 21 April 2014, he married actress Rani Mukerji in a private wedding ceremony in Italy.[22] In December 2015, he had his first child, a girl named Adira Chopra.[23]

Career[edit]

Chopra started his film making career at the age of 18 as an assistant director, working with his father on films like Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Darr (1993). He also wrote his first screenplay for his father's Parampara (1992). 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[24] and won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.[25]

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.[26]

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)[27] (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)[28] in the worldwide market. These films established Yash Raj Films as the most powerful film production company in the history of Indian cinema, Aditya Chopra is an estimated net worth of 6,200 crore (US$920 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.[29]

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.[30]

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)[31] to Sony Entertainment Television.[32]

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).[33]

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.[34]

Shows[edit]

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 2,500 crore (US$370 million)[35] (unadjusted for inflation) in 2009, which took the valuation of the Indian entertainment company to 5,000 crore (US$740 million),[36] 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 2,000 crore (US$300 million)[37] (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.[25]

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 and Vijay Krishna Acharya for Dhoom 3 (for which Chopra wrote the story), Shahrukh Khan and Yash Chopra for Jab Tak Hai Jaan (for which Chopra wrote the story, screenplay and dialogue) and with Salman Khan and Kabir 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),[38] Jab Tak Hai Jaan was produced at 60 crore (US$8.9 million)[39] and Dhoom 3 was produced at 150 crore (US$22 million).[40]

Name Day of Release Screen Releases Distribution Budget Worldwide Gross
Ek Tha Tiger Eid (2012) 3,850 screens[41] Yash Raj Film Distributors 75 crore (US$11 million)[38] 320 crore (US$48 million)[42]
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Diwali (2012) 3,100 screens[43] Yash Raj Film Distributors 60 crore (US$8.9 million)[39] 241 crore (US$36 million)[44]
Dhoom 3 Christmas (2013) 5,250 screens[45] Yash Raj Film Distributors 150 crore (US$22 million)[40] 542 crore (US$81 million)[46][47]

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)[48] 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)[44] 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$81 million),[49][50] 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 Sultan 2016 601 crore (US$89 million)[51] Salman Khan & Anushka Sharma Ali Abbas Zafar
2 Dhoom 3 2013 542 crore (US$81 million)[49][50] Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan & Katrina Kaif Vijay Krishna Acharya
3 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 1995 323 crore (US$48 million) Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Aditya Chopra
4 Ek Tha Tiger 2012 320 crore (US$48 million)[17] Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif Kabir Khan
5 Jab Tak Hai Jaan 2012 241 crore (US$36 million)[44] Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif & Anushka Sharma Yash Chopra
6 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 2008 172 crore (US$26 million)[28] Shahrukh Khan & Anushka Sharma Aditya Chopra
7 Dhoom 2 2006 150 crore (US$22 million)[52] Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai & Abhishek Bachchan Sanjay Gadhvi
8 Mohabbatein 2000 150 crore (US$22 million)[17] Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan & Aishwarya Rai Aditya Chopra
9 Veer Zaara 2004 144 crore (US$21 million)[17] Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta & Rani Mukerji Yash Chopra
10 Fanaa 2006 132 crore (US$20 million)[53] Aamir Khan & Kajol Kunal Kohli

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[54] 2014 383 crore (US$57 million)[16] Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone Red Chillies Entertainment
2 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham[55] 2001 224 crore (US$33 million)[17] Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan & Kajol Dharma Productions
3 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai[56] 1998 222 crore (US$33 million)[17] Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji & Salman Khan Dharma Productions
4 Krrish[57] 2006 150 crore (US$22 million)[17] Hrithik Roshan & Priyanka Chopra FilmKRAFT
5 Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai[58] 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 5,200 crore (US$770 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.[59]

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.[60] 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,[61] including:

Name Film Description Year Contract Status (YRF Talent Management)
Ranbir Kapoor Bachna Ae Haseeno Second film 2008 Existing
Deepika Padukone Bachna Ae Haseeno Second film (Hindi) 2008
Anushka Sharma Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Debut 2008 Existing
Ranveer Singh Band Baaja Baaraat Debut 2010 Existing
Vir Das Badmaash Company Second film 2010
Parineeti Chopra Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Debut 2011 Existing
Shraddha Kapoor Luv Ka The End Second film 2011 Terminated [62]
Ali Zafar Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Second film 2011
Saqib Saleem Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Debut 2011 Existing
Arjun Kapoor Ishaqzaade Debut 2012 Existing
Prithviraj Aurangzeb Second film (Hindi) 2013
Sushant Singh Rajput Shuddh Desi Romance Second film 2013 Terminated [63]
Vaani Kapoor Shuddh Desi Romance Debut 2013 Existing
Ayushmann Khurrana Bewakoofiyan Third film 2014 Existing
Aditya Roy Kapur Daawat-e-Ishq Second film (as lead) 2014
Bhumi Pednekar Dum Laga Ke Haisha Debut 2015 Existing
Shashank Arora Titli Debut 2015 Existing
Shriya Pilgaonkar Fan Debut (Hindi) 2016 Existing

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 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]

The Big 3[edit]

By 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 ground working with newcomers and 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 India Ranking
PK 2014 Aamir Khan Vinod Chopra Films & Rajkumar Hirani Films Disney UTV 735 crore (US$110 million)[67] 1
Sultan 2016 Salman Khan Yash Raj Films Yash Raj Film Distributors 601 crore (US$89 million)[68] 4
Dhoom 3 2013 Aamir Khan Yash Raj Films Yash Raj Film Distributors 542 crore (US$81 million)[69] 5
Chennai Express 2013 Shahrukh Khan Red Chillies Entertainment Disney UTV 422 crore (US$63 million)[70] 6
Happy New Year 2014 Shahrukh Khan Red Chillies Entertainment Yash Raj Film Distributors 383 crore (US$57 million)[71] 8
Kick 2014 Salman Khan Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Disney UTV 377 crore (US$56 million)[71] 9
Ek Tha Tiger 2012 Salman Khan Yash Raj Films Yash Raj Film Distributors 320 crore (US$48 million)[72] 12
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 2013 Ranbir Kapoor Dharma Productions Disney UTV 310 crore (US$46 million)[73] 13
Jab Tak Hai Jaan 2012 Shahrukh Khan Yash Raj Films Yash Raj Film Distributors 241 crore (US$36 million)[71] 16

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.[74]

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[75] 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[76] 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[77] 1995 to
present
Exclusive satellite rights of all films produced under the YRF banner
Dharma Productions[78] 1998 to
2008
Film distribution and home entertainment rights of all films produced by Dharma Productions (deal existed till the release of Dostana)
FilmKRAFT[79] 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[80] 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[81] 2012 to
present
2-film co-production agreement (with IMAX) for the third instalment of The Dhoom Trilogy and Befikre
Dolby Laboratories[82] 2013 to
present
Multi-film co-production agreement for all YRF projects (as of October 2013)
The Nikkatsu Corporation[64] 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.[83] 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[84] 2013 to
2015
3-film co-production agreement for feature films to be directed by Dibakar Banerjee

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.[85]

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.[86]

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.[87]

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

In September 2015, YRF announced Chopra's directorial comeback, titled Befikre, scheduled for a December 2016 release.[88] In October 2015, it was announced that Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor would be cast in the lead roles.[89][90] Befikre would be YRF's first nu-Experimental Film described as "highly risky" and "young" to be produced under 15 crore (US$2.2 million) (excluding executive compensation), which would be highly unusual for the company.[91] In December 2015, YRF announced that the music of the film will be produced by Vishal-Shekhar and Javed Akhtar, both of whom would return to collaborate with YRF after roughly 9 years.[92] In January 2016, it was reported that the film will go into extensive pre-production work (storyboarding and page-locking) with the cast and crew in YRF Studios, Mumbai followed by the first schedule of Principal photography using Ultra Panavision IMAX HD film technology in Paris, France and the second schedule in the Dahisar slums of Mumbai around March 2016.[93] This would mark Chopra's directorial come-back after roughly 8 years (his Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi released in 2008).[94]

In March 2016, there were reports of Singh facing scheduling conflicts with YRF after he was signed by Excel Entertainment for Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy scripted by Farhan Akhtar and Reema Kagti.[95] Singh had earlier allotted both Q2 and Q3 of Fiscal 2016 to Befikre (including its Paris and Mumbai schedules) however, Akhtar's coming-of-age, travel-diary hip hop project required Singh to film across all the 29 states of India, in the same period.[96] As on mid-March, both YRF and Excel were reported to be working towards a time-settlement for Singh's dates for the year 2016.[97] In May 2016, Gully Boy was announced as a June 2017 release to be filmed in Q4 of Fiscal 2016.[98] [99]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer Executive Producer Distributor
1989 Chandni No No No Yes No
1991 Lamhe No No No Yes No
1993 Parampara No No Yes Yes No
Aaina No No Yes Yes No
Darr No No No Yes No 1 National Award and 2 Filmfare Awards
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Yes No Yes No No 1 National Award and 10 Filmfare Awards
1997 Dil To Pagal Hai No Yes Yes No No
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [100] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
1999 Biwi No.1 No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [101] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Mann No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [102] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
2000 Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [103] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [104] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Refugee No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [105] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Mohabbatein Yes No Yes No No
2001 Zubeidaa No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [106] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [107] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai No Yes No No Yes
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! No Yes Yes No Yes
2003 Koi Mil Gaya No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [108] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Maqbool No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [109] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Kal Ho Naa Ho No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [110] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
2004 Hum Tum No Yes No No Yes 1 National Award and 5 Filmfare Awards
Dhoom No Yes Yes No Yes 2 Filmfare Awards
Veer-Zaara No Yes Yes No Yes 1 National Award and 1 Filmfare Award
2005 Black No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [111] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
My Brother, Nikhil No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [112] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Bunty Aur Babli No Yes Yes No Yes
Mangal Pandey: The Rising No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [113] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Salaam Namaste No Yes Yes No Yes
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [114] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Neal 'N' Nikki No Yes No No Yes
2006 Fanaa No Yes Yes No Yes
Krrish No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [115] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [116] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Dhoom 2 No Yes Yes No Yes
Kabul Express No Yes No No Yes
2007 Tara Rum Pum No Yes No No Yes
Chak De! India No Yes No No Yes 1 National Award and 1 Filmfare Award
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag No Yes No No Yes
Aaja Nachle No Yes Yes No Yes
2008 Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic No Yes No No Yes
Bachna Ae Haseeno No Yes Yes No Yes
Roadside Romeo No Yes No No Yes 1 National Award
Dostana No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [117] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Yes No Yes No No
2009 New York No Yes Yes No Yes
Dil Bole Hadippa! No Yes No No Yes
All the Best No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [118] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year No Yes No No Yes 1 Filmfare Award
2010 Pyaar Impossible No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [119] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Badmaash Company No Yes No No Yes
Lafangey Parindey No Yes No No Yes
Band Baaja Baaraat No Yes Yes No Yes 2 Filmfare Awards
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan No Yes No No Yes
Ladies VS Ricky Bahl No Yes Yes No Yes
2012 Ishaqzaade No Yes No No Yes 1 National Award and 1 Filmfare Award
Ek Tha Tiger No Yes Yes No Yes
Jab Tak Hai Jaan No Yes Yes No Yes
2013 Aurangzeb No Yes No No Yes
Shuddh Desi Romance No Yes No No Yes 1 Filmfare Award
Dhoom 3 No Yes Yes No Yes
2014 Gunday No Yes No No Yes
Bewakoofiyaan No Yes No No Yes
Mardaani No Yes No No Yes
Happy New Year No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [120] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Daawat-e-Ishq No Yes No No Yes
Kill Dil No Yes No No Yes
2015 Dum Laga Ke Haisha No No No Yes Yes 3 National Awards and 2 Filmfare Awards
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! No No No Yes Yes
Piku No No No No Yes YRF Distributors [121] (theatrical, digital, home, satellite)
Titli No No No Yes Yes
2016 Fan No Yes No No Yes
Sultan No Yes No No Yes
Befikre Yes No Yes No No
2017 Paani No Yes No No Yes [122]
2018 Tiger Zinda Hain No Yes Yes No Yes [123]
Ye Hum Aa Gaye Hain Kahaan Yes No Yes No No [124]
Thug No Yes No No Yes [125]

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  110. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Kal Ho Naa Ho
  111. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Black
  112. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes My Brother, Nikhil
  113. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Mangal Pandey: The Rising
  114. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
  115. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Krrish
  116. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
  117. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Dostana
  118. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes All the Best
  119. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Pyaar Impossible
  120. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Happy New Year
  121. ^ Yash Raj Films distributes Piku
  122. ^ Hrithik agrees to do Paani
  123. ^ Salman Khan & YRF to come together for ETT 2
  124. ^ Shahrukh Khan & YRF to release in Diwali 2018
  125. ^ Aamir Khan & YRF join hands

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