Like father, like son goes a famous English axiom which means, a son inherits the quality of his father. In case of film legend Yash Chopra, this axiom suits to a perfect T as his eldest son, Aditya Chopra not only inherited the art of film making in his genes from his father but went a step ahead of his father’s illustrious career!!
Aditya Chopra displayed his flair for creativity by joining his papa as an assistant director for the film Chandni (1989). Aditya was then just 18 years old. When other friends of his age were studying in college and enjoying life, Aditya decided to chase his passion. He assisted his father in Lamhe (1991), Parampara (1992) and Darr (1993). He started writing screenplays with Parampara and also wrote for Aaina (1993) that won actress Amrita Singh a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting actress. Later, at the age of 23, Aditya Chopra wrote and directed his first independent film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, which became an all-time blockbuster and made Shahrukh Khan and Kajol a Star in Bollywood!!
If Yash Chopra gave Indian Film Industry ‘Different Cinema’ that was entertaining and meaningful with the message; Aditya Chopra, on the other hand, despite directing the super-duper hit film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Mohabbatein (2000) did not continue directing films himself like his father. Instead, intelligent Jr. Chopra launched several budding screenwriters and directors under his banner to boost the YRF business worldwide!! Aditya Chopra thus explored the best talents in India and gave them the platform to direct films thus librating Yash Chopra from the stereotyped ‘Romantic genre’ and producing a variety of films like the Dhoom series, Fanaa, Hum Tum, Bunty Aur Babli, Chak De India, Ek Tha Tiger, War etc.
Few are aware that Aditya Chopra was the first filmmaker to give break to eminent directors, producer, and screenwriters Karan Johar!! Yes! Karan Johar started his career as an assistant director in Aditya Chopra‘s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). Besides Aditya Chopra introduced several directors like Kunal Kohli (Fanna), Kabir Khan (Ek Tha Tiger), Sanjay Gadhvi (Dhoom), Siddharth Anand (War), Shimit Amin (Chak De India), Shaad Ali (Bunty Aur Babli), Maneesh Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat), Vijay Krishna Acharya (Dhoom 3), etc.
Aditya Chopra has the distinction of taking Yash Raj Films in to Rs 500 Cr by making three big-budget films with the three Khans of Bollywood and interestingly all 3 films were a mega-hit! In 2012, YRF released Salman Khan‘s Ek Tha Tiger on Eid festival and Shah Rukh Khan‘s Jab Tak Hai Jaan in Diwali and both were a huge hit. In 2013, YRF released its third film Aamir Khan‘s Dhoom 3 during Christmas and the film broke all records and set a new record of Rs 500 Crore Club!!