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Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra are both committed to discover and groom talent in various aspects of filmmaking for the future.

YRF already has around 40 films to its credit and has major growth plans for the future. The enviable catalogue of films continues to yield higher returns for the company and with passing years becomes more and more valuable. It will not be an exaggeration to say that films from this company get the highest values from distributors and exhibitors, satellite & terrestrial channels, licensees and various other users of catalogue film repertoire.

Collectively, 12 of the recent YRF productions have grossed in excess of 200 Million US Dollars worldwide. The 6 highest selling music albums of all times include 4 YRF productions.

In 2004, India’s biggest grossers were YRF Productions – ‘Veer-Zaara’ (worldwide box office gross Rs. 150 crores / US$ 33.33 million), 'Dhoom' (worldwide box office gross Rs. 65 crores / US$ 14.44 million) and ‘Hum Tum’ (worldwide box office gross Rs. 51 crores / US$ 11.33 million).

In 2005, India’s biggest grosser worldwide was ‘Bunty aur Babli’ (worldwide box office gross Rs. 84 crores / US$ 18.66 million), while ‘Salaam Namaste’ (worldwide box office gross Rs. 56 crores / US$ 12.44 million) was the highest grosser in the overseas.

Two of biggest grossers of the year 2006 were YRF’s ‘Dhoom:2’ (worldwide box office gross 162 crores / US$ 36 million) and ‘Fanaa’ (worldwide box office gross 126 crores / US$ 28 million). ‘Kabul Express’ (2006), was YRF’s first film for an international audience – a new foray into this segment of filmmaking, with many more to come.

The 2007 release ‘Chak De India’ was one of the most successful films of the year commercially with the worldwide box office gross of above Rs. 125 Crores / US$ 35 million. This film also won unprecedented critical acclaim and numerous awards from all across the world.

YRF has entered into an agreement with The Walt Disney Studios, world-renowned leaders in family entertainment, to exclusively create a series of animation films in the Indian language. The collaboration marks the first time for both companies to enter a co-production to produce films in India. The first film to be co-produced in this alliance was 'Roadside Romeo' (released in October 2008).

2008's last release 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' (A Match Made in Heaven) which was Aditya Chopra's third directorial venture after eight years, has been the highest grossing film of all-time for both YRF and India's superstar, Shahrukh Khan.

2009's release 'New York' was one of the top 5 grosser of the year and won numerous awards and critical acclaim for the realistic portrayal of the life-changing experience of a group of friends, post 9/11.

YRF is fortunate to have carved a niche for itself in Indian Cinema and being called the leading film production house of the country is humbling. The vision extends itself, from speaking to Indians all over the world, to reaching out to a global multicultural audience.

The vision for the future is to produce around 7-8 films a year under the Yash Raj Films’ production banner while progressively, as YRF Studios, backing additional films to ensure a sizeable number of releases every year – each belonging to a different genre, each with the YRF stamp of quality and each vying with the other to be the top notch release of the year.

YRF has its own state-of-the-art, fully integrated Film Studio. This one-of-its-kind Studio houses three Sound Stages and is the only complete soundproof and air-conditioned Studio in India. The Audio Wing houses the most advanced audio and video recording and post-production facilities.

The Studios are built to International Standards and have the right reverberation time with the lowest air-conditioning and environment noise. This has been achieved and designed by Studio Designer Mr. Martin Pilchner (of Pilchner Schoustal International Inc. USA), who has, among other projects, also designed post-production facilities for various members of the Hollywood fraternity, including Steven Spielberg & M. Night Shyamalan.

The talents & tools that are offered to the film industry and multimedia producers are the best and most up-to-date. It is a winning combination of a unique work environment with technical excellence and an award winning team of technicians.

The Studio has a fully functional cafeteria & canteen that can cater to the needs of the entire production staff at reasonable rates. The delicious meals prepared at the Studio are comparable to any ‘A’ grade restaurant in the city. The Studio also has a fully equipped Gymnasium with the latest technology for artists and senior technicians.

Customer service, client comfort and satisfaction are key factors for the Studios.

These Studio facilities, the biggest in India for indoor shootings, provide a vertically integrated array of complete services to an ever increasing broad range of professionals in the Entertainment Industry.

This Studio is just another step towards the dream of consolidating YRF as the most complete Entertainment Conglomerate of India.



Apart from its own films, YRF has successfully distributed films of other well known film-makers throughout India and all over the world

INDIA:
In India, YRF has its own offices in 12 territories, covering almost the entire country. The following are the distribution offices in operation, along with the territories/circuit they cater to, which are controlled from the Corporate Office under Mr. Sahdev Ghei (Vice President - Distribution).

1. MUMBAI (Bombay circuit – comprising part of Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa) Yash Raj Film Distributors, headed by Mr. Rajesh Malhotra.

2. DELHI (Delhi-U.P. circuit)
Yash Raj P. P. Associates Private Limited

3. JALANDHAR (East Punjab circuit)
Yash Raj Puri & Co. Pvt. Ltd.

4. JAIPUR (Rajasthan circuit)
Yash Raj Jai Pictures Private Limited

5. AMRAVATI (C.P. circuit)
Yash Raj Films Private Limited through Khajanchi Film Exchange

6. INDORE (C.I. circuit)
Yash Raj Films Private Limited

7. BANGALORE (Mysore circuit)
Yash Raj Pal Films Distributors (Bangalore) Pvt. Ltd.

8. SECUNDERABAD (Nizam circuit)
Yash Raj Vandana Films Distributors Private Limited

9. CALCUTTA (Bengal circuit)
Yash Raj Kushagra Arts Private Limited

10. CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu circuit)
Yash Raj Films Private Limited

11. ANDHRA PRADESH (Andhra circuit)
Yash Raj Films Private Limited

12. COCHIN (Kerala circuit)
Yash Raj Films Private Limited

Indeed, nobody covers the territory of India in its entirety as the Distribution Division of YRF.

YRF has successfully released some of India's biggest blockbusters like blockbusters like Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, New York, Chak De India, Dhoom:2, Fanaa, Veer-Zaara, Salaam Namaste, Bunty aur Babli, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Hum Tum, Dhoom & Others like Black, Mangal Pandey – The Rising, Kaal, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Koi...Mil Gaya, Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai and have also handled off-beat films like Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, My Brother...Nikhil, Maqbool, Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities, Gajagamini and Zubeidaa.




OVERSEAS:
YRF has its own offices in major countries, through which they handle their global business. The International Operations are handled by Mr. Avtar Panesar, Vice President - International Operations (avtar@yashrajfilms.com), based at the Corporate Office in India.


Yash Raj Films International Ltd.
[covering the territories of United Kingdom & Europe, based in London]

Regus House,
268 Bath Road,
Slough, SL1 4DX,
United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (870) 739 7345
Fax: +44 (870) 739 7346
Email: ukoffice@yashrajfilms.com
General Manager - YRF International, UK: Mr. Navraj Panesar


Yash Raj Films USA Inc.
[covering the territories of North & South America, based in New York]

2417 Jericho Turnpike,
Suite # 284,
Garden City Park,
NY 11040,
U.S.A.

Tel / Fax: +1 (516) 280 5662
Email: usoffice@yashrajfilms.com
Head Of Operations - The Americas: Mr. Vaibhav Rajput


Yash Raj Films (UAE) L.L.C.
[covering the territories of Middle East & North Africa, based in Dubai]

3106, The Citadel,
Business Bay, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
P.O. Box – 50270.

Tel: +971 4 4472140
Fax: +971 4 4472139
Email: uaeoffice@yashrajfilms.com
Head Of Operations - Middle East & North Africa: Mr. Nelson D’Souza

The Rest of the World is effectively handled by Yash Raj Films' Corporate Office in Mumbai.

Recent blockbusters released in the overseas include include Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Chak De India, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Dhoom:2, Fanaa, Salaam Namaste, Bunty aur Babli, Veer-Zaara, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Mangal Pandey – The Rising, Hum Tum, Dhoom, Black, Kaal, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho & Koi... Mil Gaya.

Apart from releasing all films produced by YRF, the Distribution Division of YRF has successfully released some of India’s biggest blockbusters made under outside banners – covering films from all genres. Out of the 10 highest grossing Hindi films of all times, 8 have been distributed by the Distribution Division of YRF..

Apart from theatrical exploitation of films, the offices effectively handle marketing & distribution of all Home Entertainment and Music products released on the Yash Raj label.

A constant exercise is underway to explore new territories for Indian films as well as new avenues of exploiting ancillary revenue streams from the huge catalogue of films.

International Film Festivals all over the world see a frequent participation by the YRF representatives, not only to give their films a wider audience, but to interact with global industry leaders and to forever reinvent strategies

1st January, 2010 marked the entry of "YRF Television", a subsidiary of Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. on Sony Entertainment Television - India's leading television broadcaster, ushering a new wave of television viewing experience.

The new offering from YRF TV is "distinct" in its look with fresh, contemporary and engaging storylines that reflect the dreams, aspirations & passion of today's young India and is attuned to deliver "a unique and novel television viewing experience". The brand new line up of 5 new shows - "1 non-fiction" (Lift Kara De) and "4 fictions" (Mahi Way, Rishta.com, Powder & Seven) is daringly different, contemporary and in line with sensibilities of today's Indian family.

The second season of YRF TV saw the launch of 2 new fiction shows (Khotey Sikkey & Kismat). YRF TV remains committed to deliver a unique and novel television viewing experience, which is aimed to set the bar higher with its content and production values.

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  • YRF had earlier produced some of the most popular television shows in India like "Meri Awaz Suno", "Meri Pasand" among others. Rights for the world of almost 150 episodes of "Meri Awaz Suno" and 75 episodes of "Meri Pasand" remain with the company and are yet to be exploited in territories outside India.


    Continuing its trend of defining and breaking new genres, Yash Raj Films, has launched a youth films studio, Y-Films. A dynamic, vibrant start-up at the intersection of films, creativity and youth culture that hopes to challenge the norm and detonate boundaries. Giving the youth a creative outlet and voice that will entertain and unite on film and beyond. Y-Films is headed by Ashish Patil and the films will be laser-focused on the universe of the young covering all genres – thrillers, comedies, chick-flicks, capers – with some really fresh music. Movies truly seem ready to get rocked!

    Wanna know more? Come on in... www.yfilms.in


    In November 2011, Uday Chopra announced the formation of YRF Entertainment, a Hollywood-based production and financing company focused on developing and producing feature films for the US and international marketplace. The company is launched and funded by Yash Raj Films.

    YRF Entertainment is joining forces with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam of Stone Angels to produce and finance the upcoming Nicole Kidman vehicle, “Grace of Monaco”. The film, to be directed by Olivier Dahan (“La Vie En Rose”), starts production in South of France. YRF Entertainment’s development head, Jonathan Reiman, will serve as executive producer, along with the film’s writer, Arash Amel. Inferno is currently selling foreign rights to the film starting at the Cannes Film Festival. The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired the US distribution rights of this film, which is set to have a 27th December 2013 limited release based on the model the company used for the Academy Award winning “Iron Lady”.

    YRF Entertainment is also producing and financing "The Longest Week". Written and directed by Peter Glanz, the movie stars Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, and Billy Crudup. Uday Chopra is producing with Neda Armian. Exec Producers are, Jonathan Reiman, Chris Marsh, Stone Douglass, Taylor Materne.

    YRF Entertainment has also optioned “Seducing Ingrid Bergman”, a novel by Chris Greenhalgh, which dramatizes the real-life affair between the actress Ingrid Bergman and the war photographer Robert Capa. It is one of the greatest undiscovered love stories of the twentieth century. The epic, star-crossed romance of a real-life Casablanca between war photographer Robert Capa and screen legend Ingrid Bergman - two legendary figures whom destiny brought together but fate would try to keep apart, in a sweeping love affair from Paris to Hollywood during World War 2, the Cold War and Hollywood's darkest hour of the McCarthy witch-hunts. The script is near completion and other details will soon be revealed as and when the Director and Cast are locked.

    YRF Entertainment is also building a slate of projects that it will actively develop and produce from the ground up.

    Stay tuned to www.yrfentertainment.com for latest updates.


    With the growing popularity of home viewing of films through DVDs and VCDs, the YRF catalogue is the most popular. DVDs are released and marketed all over the world through the UK, USA and UAE offices. 'YRF Home Entertainment' has also launched DVD and VCD titles for the Indian market, through major stores across India and is the label most in demand.

    Additionally, YRF has acquired over a 100 titles of classic Indian films of banners like R.K. Films [the creations of Raj Kapoor] and B.R. Films [the creations of B.R.Chopra]. These are released under the ‘Forever Classics’ series of ‘Yash Raj Films Home Entertainment’.

    YRF Home Entertainment has also launched some unique song compilation DVDs covering a range of genres across new films as well as the evergreen classics. The label also selectively acquires films from outside banners and releases them on DVD / VCD formats. It also releases unique DVD sets and Special Collectors DVD Set Boxes available in attractive packaging and under innovative titles such as The Legend - Yash Chopra, The Legacy - Yash Chopra & Aditya Chopra, The King Khan - Shahrukh Khan, The Bachchans - Amitabh Bachchan & Abhishek Bachchan.

    New Blockbusters have also been released on DVD including Band Baaja Baaraat, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, New York, Chak De India, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Dhoom:2, Fanaa, Kabul Express, Bunty aur Babli, Salaam Namaste, Veer-Zaara, Black, Hum Tum, Dhoom, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Mangal Pandey – The Rising and Kaal. Other popular titles include Kal Ho Naa Ho, Koi… Mil Gaya, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein, Dil To Pagal Hai, Saathiya, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai among others. Infact, “Dhoom” has been the highest selling DVD/VCD title of all times in India & “Chak De India” was also one the highest selling DVD/VCD titles of the year 2007.

    The hallmark of DVDs released by YRF Home Entertainment is the additional material – some freshly shot, some from archives, which gives a rare insight into the making of each film and the people behind it.


    YRF also has its own music label – YRF MUSIC. Starting with its own feature films 'Hum Tum' & 'Dhoom', the cassettes and CDs of these films were marketed and distributed through its overseas offices.

    With Yash Chopra's 'Veer-Zaara', the YRF Music label was launched in India, as a major contender in the music business. This classic album was released worldwide on the YRF Music label, and gave music lovers a much-awaited bouquet of timeless melodies, apart from becoming the largest selling soundtrack of 2004.

    Collectively, the music of all the three 2004 releases of YRF – 'Veer-Zaara', 'Dhoom' & 'Hum Tum' ruled on the top of all music charts all across the country for over 30 weeks (more than half the year) in 2004.

    This trend continued in 2005 with 'Bunty aur Babli', 'Salaam Namaste' and 'Neal 'n' Nikki' ruling the roost. Infact, 'Bunty aur Babli' was the highest selling music title of the year in India, with the smash hit song "Kajra Re…" topping music charts nationwide.

    2006's biggest musical successes 'Dhoom:2' and 'Fanaa' were also released on the YRF Music label, which has become one of the premium music labels for Indian music. YRF Music was the first to introduce the DVD-Audio format (Hi-resolution 5.1 Surround Sound) in India with the music of 'Dhoom:2', continuing with many other titles thereafter.

    The 2007 releases like Chak De India, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Ta Ra Rum Pum and Aaja Nachle among others, as well as all the latest releases in 2008, 2009 & 2010, continued to be a part of all music charts.

    Apart from releasing soundtracks of the YRF blockbusters, YRF Music also selectively releases repertoire by established artists. It has released albums by Rabbi Shergill & Ali Zafar and has also released Remix albums of its own/other repertoire.

    A team of very experienced professionals supervise the Sales & Distribution operations in India, through a network of handpicked distributors.

    The Home Entertainment & Music Division operations are supervised from the Mumbai office with representation through offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Noida.


     
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