34 Facts About Aditya Chopra


Aditya Chopra is an Indian filmmaker, studio executive and film distributor who mainly works in Hindi cinema.

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Aditya Chopra is known for writing and directing Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

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Aditya Chopra completed his formal education and acquired his Indian Certificate of Secondary Education from Bombay Scottish School.

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Aditya Chopra graduated from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics along with Anil Thadani, Karan Johar and Abhishek Kapoor.

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Aditya Chopra started his film-making career at the age of 18 as an assistant director, working with his father on films such as Chandni, Lamhe and Darr.

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Aditya Chopra wrote his first screenplays for his father's Parampara and his mother's independently produced film Aaina, which was the only film not directed by his father that he served as an assistant director on.

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Aditya Chopra, after gaining a respectable amount of experience, started independently at the age of 23 with the all-time blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, with Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, for which he was the director and writer.

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The film was scripted by Aditya Chopra and produced by his father Yash Aditya Chopra, under the YRF banner.

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Aditya 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.

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Aditya Chopra even managed to convince his brother Uday Aditya Chopra and cousin Karan Johar, both aspiring filmmakers, to enter the film industry as assistant directors with the film.

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Aditya Chopra once said that the presence of his relatives during the making of the film worked as a huge emotional support.

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In 2004, Aditya Chopra produced Hum Tum, Dhoom and Veer Zaara under the YRF banner.

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Aditya Chopra won most of the Indian film awards in the year, with Veer Zaara winning the National Award.

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Aditya 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.

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Aditya Chopra made his third film as a director in 2008 with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi starring Shahrukh Khan and launching newcomer Anushka Sharma.

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Aditya Chopra produced films for filmmakers such as Anil Mehta and Pradeep Sarkar under their banner.

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Aditya Chopra was eventually ranked at Number 1 in a survey conducted by Filmfare and at Number 27 in a survey by The Hollywood Reporter, both under the vice-chairmanship of Chopra.

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Apart from film production, Aditya Chopra's YRF distributed and canvassed a wide variety of Independent films that came out of the Parallel Cinema industry of India, such as Godmother, Zubeidaa, Maqbool, Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, Black, My Brother Nikhil, Mangal Pandey: The Rising and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, that helped them leverage with a powerful film production house such as his, and thereby reach a wider audience on their release.

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Aditya 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.

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Aditya Chopra 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.

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Aditya Chopra is the current Chairman of India's multi-national film, media, and entertainment conglomerate Yash Raj Films, becoming the second person to hold that position in the company's history after Sanjeev Kohli.

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Aditya Chopra has produced several commercially viable projects including off-beat content not necessarily fitting into the realm of "masala films".

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Aditya Chopra is the first to move towards the film studio model through independent projects helmed by talent under his banner.

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In May 2020, Aditya Chopra refused licensing deals with Amazon, Netflix, and with Apple TV+ opting for traditional film exhibition.

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Aditya Chopra was present at a private screening of Ghajini that was held by Khan, for members of the film industry.

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Aditya Chopra was seen leaving through the back entrance of the theatre premise around 2 AM, just before the end credits of the film.

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Aditya Chopra pulled down the sun visor of his car and hid inside it as he drove away.

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Aditya Chopra even dropped his phone and damaged it, in the process.

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Images of a scared and petrified Aditya Chopra covering his face with his arms became front-page news of a leading Indian tabloid.

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However, Aditya Chopra disagreed to shift his release date stating the poor performance of Khan's prior releases in the global Box Office.

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Aditya Chopra advised Rajput to turn down the role to focus solely on Paani and led Bhansali to sign Ranveer Singh instead.

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In November 2013, Aditya Chopra shelved Paani stating the poor financial performance of Rajput's Shuddh Desi Romance and affordability issues faced by YRF during pre-production work.

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Aditya Chopra was married to Payal Khanna, until their divorce in 2009.

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Aditya Chopra has remained extremely media-shy and a passive individual, battling constant reports of an alleged dysthymic disorder throughout his three-decade career, resulting in very few public photos of him being in existence.

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