National Honours & Recognitions:
For all the pioneering efforts throughout his illustrious film career, Yash Chopra won every conceivable film award and recognition.
Yash Chopra was on the Advisory Board of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry of the Government of India.
He was one of the eminent Indians selected for the coveted Padma Bhushan Award, one of the country’s highest civilian honours bestowed for the year 2005 by the Honourable President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
He was also chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2001, the topmost and the highest honour given by the Government of India to a member of the entertainment fraternity.
The Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Of Literature – Honoris Causa) at a special convocation ceremony held on 16th January 2008, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
The Guru Nanak University, Amritsar, India, has conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Of Philosophy – Honoris Causa) in February 2004 in recognition of his stature as a leading luminary of India.
Yash Chopra’s swan song “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” which released few weeks after his untimely demise on 21st October 2012, went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the year. Yash Chopra’s invaluable legacy and extraordinary contribution to cinema was celebrated with a number of tributes & posthumous awards and honours.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the chief guest at the NDTV Indian of the Year Awards held in New Delhi in April 2013 where Yash Chopra was awarded posthumously. The Prime Minister personally handed over the award to Mrs. Pamela Chopra and in his speech he said Yash Chopra was a master artist who served our people through the medium of films and the films he created have entertained and educated generations of Indians.
Yash Chopra was also conferred with the 58th Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution towards Hindi Cinema in January 2013. Pamela Chopra was presented the award by one of Yash Chopra’s famous leading ladies, Madhuri Dixit, after a wonderful audio video presentation dedicated to Yash Chopra was revealed by Karan Johar. Also Filmfare announced that hereafter a special award in Yash Chopra’s name would be given to the Best Debut Director each year.
Pamela Chopra received the Screen Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2013 for her husband posthumously from lyricist Gulzar and actress Rekha.
The Yash Chopra Statue was unveiled at UTV Stars' Walk of the Stars at Bandra Bandstand in February 2013. The unveiling was preceded with the revealing of the unique statue at YRF Studios by Pamela Chopra and Uday Chopra amongst special guests.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan also paid a heartfelt tribute to Yashji by performing to Yashji’s everlasting hit film numbers along with his leading ladies at the Zee Cine Awards 2013 and the 58th Filmfare Awards 2013.
Furthermore, on the occasion of Indian Cinema completing 100 years, India Post (Department of Post, India) released special commemorative stamps and devoted one iconic stamp to Yash Chopra in May 2013.
In a special poll conducted by Filmfare to commemorate 100 years of Hindi Cinema, Yash Chopra was declared the greatest director in Hindi Films, according to the nation-wide poll.
The Hindi film industry voted Yash Chopra and his son Aditya Chopra the most powerful people in the Indian Entertainment business and Yash Raj Films thundered into the Number 1
slot in Filmfare’s Power List
for three years in a row - in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Yash Chopra was honoured with “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the Punjabi Pravasi Divas 2006, for his commendable contribution to the Film and Entertainment Industry and for bringing laurels to the land of his birth - Punjab.
Yash Chopra was honoured with the first ever Punjab Rattan Award by the Chief Minister of Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh on 20th June 2006. He was conferred with this award as recognition from the state (Punjab) he grew up in.
Yash Chopra was also honoured with the title of The Forbes Quintessential Man by the Rotary Club of Bombay on 25th June 2006 for his contribution to Indian Society through his films.
Yash Chopra was awarded the coveted Raj Kapoor Award by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh at the 44th Marathi Film Festival and Awards on 30th April 2007, in recognition of his impressive contributions to the Hindi film industry.
Yash Chopra was bestowed with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” posthumously at the 19th Screen Awards on 12th January 2013 & the 58th Filmfare Awards on 20th January 2013, for his towering contributions made to Indian cinema.
Yash Chopra was conferred the Zenith Asia Honour for his contribution to Indian cinema at a ceremony at the National Film Archive of India on 13th November 2007.
Yash Chopra was honoured with the coveted Golden Peacock Award, considered as the Holy Grail of corporate excellence, on 17th January 2009, in Mumbai, for his invaluable contribution to the Indian cinema.
Yash Chopra was honoured by the International Punjabi Society at their 34th World convention on 7th January 2008, for spreading Punjabi culture abroad through his films.
He was honoured with the prestigious National Kishore Kumar Award on 14th October 2010, given by the Madhya Pradesh Government at the birthplace of the Late Kishore Kumar – Khandwa.
Yash Chopra was conferred with the Marketing King Award 2006 by the Institute of Marketing Management, New Delhi on 14th August 2006, in recognition of his exemplary work in marketing his films, both within India and abroad.
Yash Chopra was invited as Guest of Honour for the 2005 Convocation ceremony of the Kanya Maha Vidyalaya – one of the oldest institutions for Women education in India. He joined the ranks of many great Indian stalwarts like Lala Lajpat Rai, Dr. Radha Krishnan, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Rajinder Prasad, Mr. Morarji Desai, Mrs. Sarojini Naidu and Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who have been invited to this illustrious institution.
The 4th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) 2006 bestowed its “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Yash Chopra, recognizing his towering contributions made to film production and direction.
He was the Founder Trustee of Film Industry Welfare Trust established in the year 1996.
He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Awards by the apex bodies of Indian Industry – like the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). He was the Chairman of the Entertainment Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) – the Apex Business Organisation of India.
Hewas the recipient of the Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Lifetime Achievement in 2001.
He was the recipient of the Vocational Excellence Award by the Rotary Club.
He was honoured by NAASCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) and AIAI (All India Association of Industries) for his outstanding achievements.
He was awarded the prestigious Priyadarshini Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema. This award was presented to him by the then Deputy Prime Minister Mr. L.K.Advani.
He was honoured with the Teachers 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award.
Veer-Zaara was also honoured with the National Award
for “Best Film for providing Popular and Wholesome Entertainment”, and also almost swept all major award ceremonies of the year, including every major “Best Film” Award.
International Honours & Recognitions:
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK, awarded Mr. Yash Chopra an honorary higher doctoral degree, a DLit, a Doctor of Letters honoris causa, on 23rd July 2010, for having made an outstanding contribution to the field of cinema in his five decades of work in the Hindi film industry.
The Leeds Metropolitan University, UK conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate at a special honorary awards convocation ceremony held on 9th June 2007, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema.
Yash Chopra's last labour of love “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” received a standing ovation at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in November 2012 and took Doha by storm when it was screened as a part of the DTFF to a house full crowd of Indian expats and the local Qatari community.
Marrakech International Film Festival paid tribute to Yashji alongside the screening of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” in December 2012 in the Out of Competition program.
The prestigious Agora cinema in La Trobe University Australia was renamed as the “Yash Chopra Cinema” and was launched by Mrs. Pamela Chopra in April 2013. For the very first time in Australia, a cinema was named after an Indian personality and our dearly loved Yashji was recipient of this honour. Additionally, Yash Chopra was given the Lifetime Achievement Award as a part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
He was the only Indian Film Producer and Director to receive the BBC Asia Award
– in 1998 and 2001 for his outstanding contribution in films.
The British Film Institute handpicked Yash Chopra for a book written by Dr. Rachel Dwyer in its ‘World Directors Series’. This book was launched amidst great fanfare in London and showcases the glorious 5-decade career of Yash Chopra. The book, ‘Yash Chopra’ was also released in New Delhi by the then Information & Broadcasting Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, and in Mumbai by Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan & Shah Rukh Khan.
Yash Chopra was the first Indian ever to be honoured by BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) in the 59 year history of the Academy on 15th July 2006. Celebrating Indian Cinema, BAFTA dedicated a 3 day weekend to showcase Indian Cinema with Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara getting top billing.
Yash Chopra was honoured in the UK at The House of Lords and House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster on 17th May 2007, for his contribution to the Indian film industry. He was invited there by the ROKO Cancer charity to accept Patronage to the Charity, in recognition for his role in the ROKO Cancer campaign.
Yash Chopra was formally bestowed with France’s highest civilian award, the “Officier de la Legion d’ Honneur” (Officer of the Legion of Honour) at a glittering ceremony in Delhi on 5th July 2008. The French President, Nikolas Sarkozy, had announced this award by decree no. 01D dated 21st January 2008. Yash Chopra has thus joined a very select list of awardees, including such luminaries from the Indian cultural sphere as the legendary Satyajit Ray, sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, India’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
The Swiss Government honoured Yash Chopra on various occasions. He received the first Swiss Government / Filmfare Award at the hands of Ms. Ursula Andress for his contribution to developing tourism in Switzerland through his films. Subsequently, the Swiss Government has honoured him on various occasions with awards, recognition as well as offering him the honour of a State Guest in Switzerland.
The Embassy of Switzerland felicitated Yash Chopra with the “Swiss Ambassador’s Award 2010” in October 2010, for his contribution in promoting ‘Brand Switzerland’ through his movies. He was honoured with the title of 'Ambassador of Interlaken' in April 2011 in Switzerland, making him the first recipient of this prestigious award.
A majestic 'Yash Chopra Suite' has been named after him at the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Interlaken's most luxurious hotel. He is perhaps the only one to have the honour of a suite being named after him, other than King Louis XVI!
A 'Yash Chopra Train' was launched as part of the Jungfrau Railways, Switzerland, a first of its kind tribute. The only other person who has a train named after him is the pioneer of the Jungfrau Railways, Adolf Guyer-Zeller.
He was the recipient of Certificate of Recognition from the British Tourist Authority and British Film Commission for promoting tourism in the UK through his films.
Yash Chopra was invited as a member of the International Jury for the prestigious 56th Berlin International Film Festival in 2006. This was a significant marker acknowledging India’s place in World Cinema and Yash Chopra was the first Bollywood personality in 25 years to have been given this honour.
Yash Chopra was honoured at the 2nd Dubai International Film Festival 2005, along with the Oscar Winning actor Morgan Freeman and the Egyptian comedy superstar Adel Imam, as the Asian, Hollywood and Arab honorees in the Festival’s “In the Spotlight” program, for their distinguished service to the Film Industry.
Yash Chopra was awarded the Superbrand Award for 2005 by Superbrands International, a worldwide organisation operating in 44 countries, which promotes the discipline of brand management and pays tribute to exceptional brands. The Superbrand Award is considered to be the Oscars of Brand Management, and is the Global Benchmark of Brand Management.
Yash Chopra was felicitated at the MTV IMMIES 2005 with the “Inspiration Award” for his contributions to Indian Music in his career spanning 5 decades. The Award was presented to him along with international music superstar Ronan Keating.
He was honoured with the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at CineAsia 2004 held at Bangkok, Thailand in December 2004, and was the first Indian ever to be honoured at CineAsia.
Yash Chopra was felicitated with the first ever Variety Cinema Personality of the year 2005 award. This award instituted by the Variety magazine recognizes the efforts of an Indian personality who has made an indelible impact on World Cinema.
UK's prestigious Channel 4 paid a special tribute to Yash Chopra through a Special Film Festival of Yash Chopra Movies titled “The World of Yash Chopra”, which aired between September to November 2006.
He was also presented with the "Asian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema" in October 2010, in London.
He was felicitated at the Indian Film Festival 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, for his outstanding contribution in films.
He was also honoured with the Asian Guild Award in London in the year 2003.
He was honoured by the IIFA (International Indian Film Awards) at Malaysia for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema.
Yash Chopra was honoured by the renowned Hollywood Reporter magazine at a function held on October 14, 2008 in Mumbai. He was felicitated for his invaluable contribution to Indian Cinema and the impact created by Yash Raj Films in business in the US.
Yash Chopra was awarded the FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement in film at the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film. The Awards were announced on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on 11th November 2008, with more than 700 film industry luminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States attending the ceremony.
Yash Chopra was felicitated at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) on 9th October 2009 as the Asian Filmmaker of the Year.
Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara also got the prestigious recognition of being selected as one of the films screened at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival, in the “International Forum of New Cinema” section, in February 2005 in Berlin, Germany. After winning hearts of people in major parts of the world, Yash Chopra’s Love Legend, Veer-Zaara also cast its magical spell on Germany.
Yash Chopra was honoured with a major award presentation at the 5th Annual Marrakech Film Festival in November 2005. He joined Martin Scorsese and Dame Judi Dench in being honoured by His Royal Highness, Prince Moulay Rachid at the Royal Palace. His film, Veer-Zaara, was screened to an unprecedented crowd who gave him a standing ovation.
Veer-Zaara was also screened at the 8th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival in Hawaii, in April 2005 and at the Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea, in May 2006.
Veer-Zaara was the first film ever to be premiered at The Grand Rex, the biggest cinema in Paris on 26th April 2006. The premiere was well attended by the crème de la crème of Paris society and French media. The excitement created in Paris on this occasion was unprecedented.
Yash Chopra was invited to personally inaugurate The Indian Film Festival at Abu Dhabi on 2nd October 2008, which opened with the screening of Veer-Zaara.
Awards Received by Yash Chopra for his Films:
Yash Chopra was the only film-maker to have won the National Award six times.
He won the Filmfare Award eight times – and was the only living director to have won this award eight times – and various other Awards innumerable times.