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Yash Raj Chopra  was an film director, screenwriter and film producer, mainly working in Hindi cinema. He is considered among one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema. Chopra has won several film awards, including six National Film Awards and eleven Filmfare awards including four Filmfare Award for Best Director. The Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

Chopra was born on 27 September 1932 in Lahore (now in Pakistan) to a Punjabi family. He was largely brought up in the Lahore house of his second brother, B.R Chopra, then a film journalist. Chopra went to Jullundur in 1945 to continue his education and later moved to Ludhiana in Punjab (in India) after the partition. He was originally ought to pursuit a career in engineering. However, his passion for filmmaking led him to travel to Bombay

Chopra began his career as an assistant director to I.S. Johar and his elder brother, B.R. Chopra. He made his directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959. Chopra then rose to prominence after the commercially and critically successful drama, Waqt (1965

In 1973, Chopra founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films, and launched it with Daag: His success continued in the seventies, with some of Indian cinema's most successful and iconic films, including the action thriller Deewar (1975) which established Amitabh Bachchan as the "angry young man" of Bollywood, the romantic drama Kabhi Kabhie (1976) and Trishul (1978). The eighties marked a professional setbacks in Chopra's career as several films he directed and produced in that period failed to leave a mark at the Indian box office, notably Silsila (1981), Mashaal (1984) and Vijay (1988). However, in 1989, Chopra directed the commercially and critically successful cult film Chandni which became instrumental in ending the era of violence in Bollywood and bringing back music into Hindi films.

Chopra then directed and produced the cult classic Lamhe in 1991. Considered by critics and Chopra himself as his best work to date. The film was critically acclaimed and became one of the biggest Bollywood hits in the overseas market. Chopra followed it with the box-office hit and trend setter Darr (1993). Starring the then-débutant Shahrukh Khan, it showed a sympathetic look at obsessive love and defied the image of the conventional hero. Since then, Chopra directed three more romantic films, all starring Khan; Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Veer-Zaara (2004) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012). Jab Thak Hai Jaan, his last directed movie will be released in November 2012
Chopra is chairman and founder of both the motion picture production and distribution company Yash Raj Films which ranks as India's biggest production company

In 1970 Chopra married Pamela Singh and together they have two sons Aditya  Chopra and Uday Chpra . Aditya is also a film director and producer and holds the position of vice-chairman and general manager of Yash Raj Films while Uday is an assistant director turned actor who made his acting debut in 2000 in his brother's film Mohabbatein.

Yash Chopra was admitted to Lilavati Hospital on 13th October, 2012 due to dengue. He died on 21 October, 2012 after a brief battle with the illness

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