Yash Chopra gave Indian cinema 22 path breaking movies in his 50-year-long career, from 'Dhool Ka Phool' in 1959 to 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' in 2012.
He gave Bollywood some of its best remembered screen characters and movie that became cult. His movies changed ideas about poetry and storytelling.
Yash Chopra worked as an assistant with I S Johar and then with his brother B R Chopra. Later, he landed his first film as director - 'Dhool Ka Phool' in 1959.
1965 'Waqt': 'Waqt' featured an ensemble cast including Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana, Balraj Sahni, Madan Puri, Sharmila Tagore, Achala Sachdev and Rehman. The film became a commercial and a critical success and is acknowledged as a 'found film' of the 'lost and found' genre. Setting many other trends, it was one of Indian cinema's first multi-starrers, a mode which became increasingly popular among the producers during the 1970s.
1971 Daag: His first independently produced film 'Daag', a melodrama about a man with two wives, was a great success.
1975 Deewaar: Yash Chopra might be known as the 'King of Romance', but the director also directed some of the best drama in Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan's 'Dewaar' broke records at the box-office with some superb dialogues and songs. Reflective of "the tumultuous politics of the early 70s" in India, 'Deewar' tells the story of two impoverished brothers who, after their family is betrayed by the misplaced idealism of their father, struggle to survive on the streets of Mumbai.
1976 Kabhie Kabhie: Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee, and an impressive supporting cast, the hit movie had an interesting story about romance through generations, capturing its freshness and complexities. The award-winning music added to its success.
1978 Trishul: This was a thrilling tale of revenge and romance starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee, Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, and Hema Malini. It turned out to be a blockbuster and was even remade down South. The movie was a "blockbuster" hit at the box office and one of the top grossers of 1978.
1981 Silsila: It was an epic, once-in-a-lifetime achievement to get Rekha, Amitabh, and Jaya together in one frame and Yash Chopra managed it in this tale about fated romance, attraction, and true partnership. Sanjeev Kumar was paired with Rekha. Once again, the music contributed to the success of the movie.
1989 Chandni: A successful cult classic 'Chandni', a film with all the hallmarks of what has come to be known as the "Yash Chopra style": heroine-oriented, romantic, emotional, depicting the lifestyle of the super elite, with melodic music used in songs picturised in foreign locations. It also marked the first collaboration between the filmmaker and established heroine, Sridevi, The huge success of its music was instrumental in ending the era of violence in Bollywood films and bringing back music into Hindi films. It also reaffirmed Sridevi's position as the top female star of the Eighties.
1993 Darr: Yash Chopra directed newcomer Shah Rukh Khan along with Juhi Chawla and Sunny Deol in the musical thriller Darr. The movie was the the story of an obsessed lover (Khan) and the lengths to which he goes to get the girl (Chawla) who is already happily engaged to another man (Deol). The film was not only a runaway success but is considered a cult classic today. It also established Khan as a bankable star.
1997 Dil To Pagal Hai: Highly successful romantic musical Dil To Pagal Hai, starring Shah RUkh Khan in a love triangle with Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor. It was the first Bollywood movie to be shot in Germany. The film became the second highest grosser for the year. It won many awards, including sweeping seven Filmfare Awards including that of Best Film and three National Awards, notably for Best Film providing popular and wholesome entertainment yet again.
2004 Veer Zaara: Chopra then took a sabbatical from directing and focused solely on producing films for over eight years. However, in 2004, he returned to direction through the love saga Veer-Zaara. Starring Khan again, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji in the leading roles, the film was the biggest hit of 2004 in both India and overseas, with a worldwide gross of over 940 million and was screened at the 55th Berlin Film Festival to critical appreciation.