Aditya Chopra Biography
Born to the illustrious filmmaker Yash Chopra, and Pamela, Aditya was since childhood a movie buff who also liked reading books and dancing. He was schooled at Bombay Scottish School and completed his graduation from Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, where he was batch-mates and best friends with Karan Johar, Abhishek Kapoor, and Anil Thadani.
Aditya Chopra has a younger brother Uday Chopra, who is also an actor in the Hindi film industry, known for films like Mohabbatein, Neal N Nikki, Dhoom, and Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. Through his father, Aditya Chopra is related to Karan Johar, Ravi Chopra, and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who are all his first cousins, born to Yash Chopra’s sister Hiroo Johar, and brothers B.R. Chopra, and D.N. Chopra, respectively. The yesteryear’s actress Simi Garewal is his maternal aunt.
Fondly called Adi by all his relatives and fraternity friends, Aditya Chopra, considered as an introvert, has always maintained his distance from the paparazzi and believes in keeping his personal life away from the prying eyes of the media. In 2001, he tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Payal Khanna, but the couple got a divorce in 2009 after the rumors of Aditya Chopra’s affair with Rani Mukerji started surfacing. In 2014, he married his rumored girlfriend of many years, Rani Mukerji in a private ceremony in Italy. Their first child Adira Chopra was born in December 2015.
As a Director
After assisting his father Yash Chopra on the Sridevi starrer Lamhe(1991) and Chandni (1989), and Shah Rukh Khan starrer Darr (1993), Aditya Chopra made his directorial debut with the mega-blockbuster cult film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, and Kajol in the lead roles, the movie follows the story of Raj and Simran, who are NRIs residing in London and meet and fall in love on a Euro trip. Simran’s father, who is a strict, traditional man takes her to Punjab and fixes her marriage with his best friend’s brother. Raj then goes to Punjab to win over Simran’s father and bring her back. The film which stars Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher, Satish Shah, Mandira Bedi and Parmeet Sethi in supporting roles went on to bag the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
His second directorial venture was the super-hit romantic drama film Mohabbatein, which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, along with the then debutants Uday Chopra, Jimmy Shergill, Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma, and Preeti Jhangiani. The movie also features Jugal Hansraj, with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan making an important appearance as Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter and Shah Rukh Khan’s lover. Released in 2000, the movie is said to have revived Amitabh Bachchan’s falling career and is hugely responsible for catapulting him back to stardom.
After a sabbatical of eight years from direction, Aditya Chopra returned to the silver screen with Shah rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In spite of receiving mixed reviews from the critics, the movie was a runaway hit, whose music became the first Bollywood album to reach the top ten sales for the iTunes Store. In 2016, again after a break of eight years, Aditya Chopra directed Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor in the romantic comedy film Befikre. Produced and written also by Aditya Chopra, Befirke is a modern take on love and relationships.
As a Writer
The filmmaker wrote his first script for Yash Chopra’s Parampara. Featuring an ensemble cast of Aamir Khan, Sunil Dutt, Vinod Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Raveena Tandon, Neelam Kothari and Anupam Kher, the movie failed miserably at the box office. He further wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the dialogues of his film DDLJ. He has been credited as a writer for many successful films starring Shah Rukh Khan like Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997), Mohabbatein (2000), Veer Zaara (2004), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012). He has also written screenplays and scripts for ‘new-age’ movies like Salaam Namaste, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Band Baaja Baraat, Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, and Befikre. The super hit Dhoom trilogy starring Abhishek Bachchan as an Indian super-cop and Uday Chopra as his sidekick is also penned down by this multi-talented filmmaker.
As a Producer
In 1997, Aditya Chopra under his father’s banner, Yash Raj Films produced Dil Toh Pagal Hai. After the blockbuster success of the romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra produced Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, and Mujhse Dosti Karoge, both of the films starred his brother Uday Chopra but failed at the box office. In the year 2004, Aditya Chopra produced three films: Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherji starrer Hum Tum, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Rani Mukherji starrer Veer Zaara, and John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, and Uday Chopra starrer Dhoom. All of them were smashing hits at the box office and received huge commercial and critical success.
In 2007, the film mogul produced the National Award-winning film Chak De! India, establishing YRF as a production house catering to all kind of cinema. In between 2007 and 2010, YRF suffered some major losses and released commercial flops one after the other. Movies like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Tashan (2008), Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), Roadside Romeo (2008), and Pyaar Impossible (2010), all these movies failed to leave any impact amongst the audience. After the release of the crime comedy film Badmaash Company, the filmmaker took over as the Vice-President of Yash Raj Films and produced films like Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, Band Baaja Baaraat, Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, Ishaqzaade, and Shuddh Desi Romance, introducing fresh faces in the industry.
In 2012 and 2013, Yash Raj Films produced record-breaking commercial films starring the top three Khans viz. Salman Khan in Ek Tha Tiger, Shah Rukh Khan in Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3. In 2012, after the demise of Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra was made the Chairman of YRF. Subsequently, Aditya Chopra produced Gunday, Bewakoofiyaan, Mardaani, Dawaat-e-Ishq, and Kill Dill. Released in 2014, all the above mentioned films bombed at the box office, smudging the production house’s otherwise good record of hits. 2015 saw YRF foray into non-commercial and offbeat cinema, with films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, and Titli. Replicating the success of Ek Tha Tiger, Aditya Chopra made the action-drama film Sultan, with Salman Khan in 2016.