One of the iconic Indian filmmakers, Yash Chopra, who turned 80 yesterday, announced his retirement from filmmaking. He said his upcoming film Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be his last. However, he added that he is retiring from directing films only, but he would take a backseat from now on wards and involve himself in mentoring the younger generation of filmmakers.
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 a melodrama about illegitimacy and followed it with the hard-hitting social drama Dharmputra (1961). Chopra then rose to prominence after the commercially and critically successful drama, Waqt (1965), which pioneered the concept of multi-starters in Bollywood.
Yashji is the winner of 6 National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2005 and bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award. In 1973, Chopra founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films, and launched it with Daag: A Poem of Love, which was a runaway hit. From then on all his films were hits.
Yash Chopra is called the King of Romance and is known for his sensitive handling of human emotions. All his films are critically acclaimed and appreciated by all classes of audience.