Yash Chopra Net Worth

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Yash Raj Chopra net worth is
$50 Million

Yash Raj Chopra Wiki Biography

Yash Raj Chopra was a film director and producer, born on 27th September 1932 in Lahore, Punjab Province, (then) British India. He predominantly worked in Hindi cinema, and making his debut directing “Dhool Ka Phool” in 1959. Some of his most notable films include “Waqt” (1965), “Deewar”, “Trishul”, “Chandni” among many others. Chopra was also the founder of the Yash Raj Studios and Yash Raj Films production companies. He passed away in 2012.

Have you ever wondered how rich Yash Chopra was? According to sources it has been estimated that Yash Chopra’s overall net worth was $50 million, acquired through a long and lucrative career in the film industry which spanned more than 50 years. Having made an acknowledged and respected name for himself, his net worth grew after each project’s success.

Yash Chopra Net Worth $50 Million

Yash was born into a Punjabi Hindu family, the youngest of eight children. He was mostly brought up by his second eldest brother, BR Chopra who was a film journalist at the time. In 1945, Yash went to Jalandhar and enrolled at the Doaba College, and although he originally wanted to pursue a career in engineering, Chopra’s love for film-making prevailed, and he traveled to Bombay and started working as director I.S.Johar’s assistant.

Yash’s first directing opportunity came in 1959 when he filmed the social drama “Dhool Ka Phool”, produced by an older brother, one of the most profitable films of the year and receiving positive critiques. Two years later, the brothers released another project of their cooperation called “Dharmputra”(1961), which was one of the first films depicting the partition of India, and received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Followed the 1965 film “Waqt”, which became another critical and commercial success, and earned Yash his first Filmfare Best Director Award, boosting his net worth too.

Some of other notable films Chopra directed include “Aadmi Aur Insaan” and “Ittefaq”, which brought him his second Filmfare Award for best director. In 1971, Yash founded the Yash Raj Films entertainment company, which terminated his collaboration with his brother. His first independent film was “Daag: A Poem of Love”(1973), and soon followed “Deewaar”, “Trishul”, “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Silsila” and many others. The period of the ‘80s wasn’t as fruitful as earlier years as the films he produced failed to leave a mark in the box office. However, in 1989, with the release of the cult classic “Chandni”, Chopra came back to popularity, setting a new style in Hindi films, naturally known as the Yash Chopra style, with the film also winning the National Film Award for Best Popular Film of the year.

Another Bollywood hit came in 1991 with “Lamhe” which won five Filmfare Awards including for Best Movie. During the ‘90s, Yash released several other hit films, such as “Darr” and “Dil To Pagal Hai”, and then took some time off from directing, until his return with the love saga “Veer-Zaara” in 2004.

Chopra never let up working, and even directed 10 films in his last three years. His final directorial project was to be “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, a film he announced on his 80th birthday in September 2012. However, Yash died during the process of its filming, on 21st October 2012 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Privately, Chopra married Pamela Singh in 1970 with whom he had two sons – Aditya Chopra, also a film director and producer and Uday Chopra an assistant director and actor.

Full NameAditya Chopra
Net Worth$50 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 27, 1932
DiedOctober 21, 2012, Mumbai, India
Place Of BirthLahore, Punjab, British India
ProfessionProducer, Director, Miscellaneous Crew
EducationDoaba College
SpousePamela Yash Chopra (m. 1970–2012)
ChildrenAditya Chopra, Uday Chopra
ParentsLal Vilayati Raj Chopra, Draupadi Chopra
SiblingsBaldev Raj Chopra, Hiroo Johar, Dharam Chopra, Hans Raj Chopra, Kuldip Raj Chopra
AwardsFilmfare Award for Best Film, Filmfare Award for Best Director, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Zee Cine Award for Best Film, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, F...
MoviesJab Tak Hai Jaan, Dil To Pagal Hai, Veer-Zaara, Lamhe, Kabhi Kabhie, Darr, Silsila, Chandni, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Daag, Deewaar, Waqt, Mohabbatein, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, Dhool Ka Phool, Mashaal, Ittefaq, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Dharmputra, Faasle, Parampara, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Noorie, Bunty Au...
1His films are always romantic films, with shots from foreign locations and having high-quality music.
1My personal favorites among my directorial ventures are Ittefaq, Daag, Deewar, Kabhie Kabhie, Lamhe and Mashaal.
2These days, most films are sensible. The young whiz kids are doing a wonderful job. Their films are different, and most are good. A Wednesday (2008), for example, was a wonderful film. And that's why we are taking a lot of chances at Yash Raj Films, by giving breaks to new actors, directors and musicians.
3I've always worked with big stars, but they know that I am only honest to the script. It is my Gita and I never changed it to please film stars or their egos. We spend months in writing a film, so I wouldn't like it if someone asks me to change it. That's why I like to finish a film as fast as possible once I start. But as far as performances are concerned, I give full liberty to the artistes. I have full faith in them.
4There are only two types of cinema - good or bad.
5I was in Lahore before the partition, so I don't believe that a border can truly separate Punjab. I still think of it as one.
6My technicians are my most important tools. Once I establish a rapport with them, then they would understand me in my next film. I wouldn't have to train anyone new. I give a lot of respect to all my technicians, because I'm a technician too. I wouldn't be able to convey a feeling if the writer didn't write it well, and the cameraman didn't shoot it well.
7What is the point of making the film if the man doesn't marry the girl?
8I think songs enhance romance and sometimes, even drama, when you have to comment on a society, like Guru Dutt did in Pyaasa (1957). Songs are a great way of conveying the director's imagination. People in this era don't like to see lip-syncing and prefer songs in the background, but I feel that an emotion can be conveyed better if it comes through the person singing it.
9Though, technically, I'm shooting on location, my films are actually based inside a woman's heart. I think women are more emotional than men, and that's a thread I've explored in all my films. When I see TV these days, I'm shocked at how all the main women characters are portrayed as evil. Women are the foundation of everything, and they deserve to be treated that way on camera.
10I believe in my old style of making films. I think I have it in me to make a different film in my own area of romance. Films on human relationships never go out of fashion. Everyone says 'I love you' these days. But it's about how you say it.
11Relationships interest me because man is one creature who is capable of sane as well as insane behaviour. It's this nature of human beings that inspires and gives room for innumerable plots. Like in _Daag (1973)_, Raakhee, who played the other woman, created all the drama, as did Rekha in Silsila (1981). In Aaina (1993) it was the jealous sister while in Darr (1993) it was the obsessive lover. So unlike other movies where a villain is added to create the problems, in my films villainy is substituted by a third angle.
12The reason for his seven-year hiatus in direction: "My son Aditya made Mohabbatein (2000), which took a lot of time and energy. Then we started looking for a script for me to direct. Nothing seemed to excite us both. There's a complete bankruptcy of screenwriting in our cinema. I wanted a very earthy and Indian subject. I was tired of the promos on television. With semi-clad girls, they all looked the same. Of course Dhoom (2004) has them too. But I'd personally not make a film like that."
13On singer Lata Mangeshkar: "Lataji has always been so kind to me. She can never say no to me. As long as I am there and she's there she'll continue to sing for my films. When others sing they follow music, but when she sings, music follows her. I truly believe that. When she sang for Dhool Ka Phool (1959) the first film I directed, I was in awe of her. Today I'm much closer to her. But the awe remains."
14Films have been my only passion in life. I have always been proud of making films and will continue taking pride in all my films. I have never made a movie I have not believed in. However, though I love all my films, one tends to get attached to films that do well. But I do not have any regrets about making films that did not really do well at the box office.
15I always believe that my films should give some hope to the man who comes to watch them for those three hours. If he goes home on an optimistic note, I would feel satisfied at having done my duty.
16About Veer-Zaara (2004): "Though it's a film about cross-border love, there isn't a word of politics in it. Forget politics, there isn't slap, not even a raised voice in Veer-Zaara (2004). It's a very intense, humane and emotional story. Veer-Zaara (2004) is a humble tribute to my home in Punjab. It's my tribute to the one-ness of people on both sides of the border. Every religion preaches peace. Then why the bloodshed for the sake of religion? Why are we destroying each other?"
17You can always make a good film but for it to be successful, you need God's blessing.
18I'm the sentimental sort. I cry easily. I cry when I see poignant films made by other directors.
19We're making all kinds of films - English, Hinglish, sex, horror... this and that. It's a healthy trend. But for a film to run it has to have Indian values. For a film to be a blockbuster it has to be rooted to our culture.
1Brother in law Gava produced the film Karobaar in 2000.
2Elder brother named Kuldip Raj Chopra.
3Gulshan Kumar had launched a film titled " Mohabbatien" in the 1990's. This was to be directed by Yash Chopra. The film was eventually shelved.
4Elder brother named Hans Raj Chopra. Hans Raj had a son named Lalit Chopra who has passed away. Lalit was married to Suman Chopra. Suman and Lalit Chopra have two daughters. Their names are Bhakti Mehta and Aradhna Bhandari.
5Uncle to late director Ravi Chopra.
6Son Aditya Chopra's first wife Payal Khanna, is the granddaughter of producer, director Ramanand Sagar.
7He has shot in Switzerland so many times that a lake in the Alpenrausch, a favourite shooting spot of his, has been christened Chopra Lake.
8Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006.
9Father of Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra.
10He has a habit of repeating his actors in his films and frequently casts Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji.
11He decided to leave his brother's studio to form Yash Raj Films after returning from his honeymoon. It is unclear what influenced him to do so.
12Younger brother of B.R. Chopra and Dharam Chopra.


Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl2011presentation producer
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan2011producer
Band Baaja Baaraat2010presentation producer
Lafangey Parindey2010producer
Pyaar Impossible!2010producer
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi2008producer
Roadside Romeo2008executive producer / producer
Bachna Ae Haseeno2008producer
Chak de! India2007producer
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom2007producer
Dhoom 22006producer
Kabul Express2006producer
Neal 'N' Nikki2005producer
Salaam Namaste2005producer
Bunty Aur Babli2005producer
Hum Tum2004producer
Mujhse Dosti Karoge!2002producer
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai2002producer
Humko Ishq Ne Mara1997TV Movie producer
Dil To Pagal Hai1997producer
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge1995producer
Yeh Dillagi1994producer
Kaala Patthar1979producer
Doosara Aadmi1977producer
Kabhie Kabhie1976producer
Daag: A Poem of Love1973producer


Jab Tak Hai Jaan2012
Dil To Pagal Hai1997
Kaala Patthar1979
Kabhie Kabhie1976
Daag: A Poem of Love1973
Aadmi Aur Insaan1969
Dhool Ka Phool1959


Band Baaja Baaraat2010presenter
Bachna Ae Haseeno2008presents
Dhoom 22006presenter
Kabul Express2006presenter
Yeh Dillagi1994presenter

Assistant Director

Kanoon1960associate director
Sadhna1958assistant director - as Yash
Naya Daur1957assistant director - as Yash
Ek-Hi-Rasta1956assistant director - as Yash


Dil To Pagal Hai1997screenplay


Veer-Zaara2004Narrator (uncredited)


Teen Patti2010special thanks
Om Shanti Om2007very big thanks
Charas: A Joint Effort2004very special thanks
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai1998thanks - as Yash Uncle
Rudaali1993acknowledgment: member N.F.D.C. - as Shri Yash Chopra
Lorie1984grateful acknowledgment


Celluloid Man2012DocumentaryHimself
55th Idea Filmfare Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Om Shanti Om2007Himself
There Is No Direction2005Documentary shortHimself
Bollywood im Alpenrausch2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Dil To Pagal Hai1997Himself (opening credits seqence) (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Still Rolling: The DDLJ Story2016Documentary short

Won Awards

2013Lifetime Achievement AwardFilmfare Awards
2013Lifetime Achievement AwardZee Cine AwardsLifetime Achivement Award
2013Special AwardZee Cine AwardsPower Club - Box Office AwardJab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
2010Children's International Special Jury PrizeCairo International Film Festival for ChildrenRoadside Romeo (2008)
2009Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Scene of the YearRab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
2009Asian Filmmaker of the YearPusan International Film Festival
2008FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in FilmAsia Pacific Screen Awards
2006Lifetime Achievement AwardBombay International Film Festival
2006Audience AwardJeonju Film FestivalVeer-Zaara (2004)
2005Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest DirectorVeer-Zaara (2004)
2005Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest PictureVeer-Zaara (2004)
2005Lifetime Achievement AwardDubai International Film Festival
2005Golden Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Popular Film Providing Wholesome EntertainmentVeer-Zaara (2004)
2005Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsBest DirectorVeer-Zaara (2004)
2005Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsBest Producer of the Year
2001Special AwardScreen Weekly AwardsFor his contribution to Indian cinema.
1996Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest FilmDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
1994Silver Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Popular Film Providing Wholesome EntertainmentDarr (1993)
1992Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest FilmLamhe (1991)
1976Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest DirectorDeewaar (1975)
1974Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest DirectorDaag: A Poem of Love (1973)
1970Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest DirectorIttefaq (1969)
1966Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest DirectorWaqt (1965)

Nominated Awards

2005Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest DirectorVeer-Zaara (2004)
2005ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest DirectorVeer-Zaara (2004)
2001Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest PictureMohabbatein (2000)
1994Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest DirectorDarr (1993)

Known for movies

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