Karan Johar and Yash Chopra
Karan Johar and Yash Chopra
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Yash Chopra’s YRF and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions have come in the spotlight for their alleged involvement in the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

While Chopra breathed his last in 2012, Johar has been accused in the present for sabotaging Rajput’s career in Bollywood.

Not to mention both Chopra’s son Aditya and Johar’s company director were summoned by the investigative officers probing Rajput’s death.

According to earlier reports, late actor Sushant had signed a contract with YRF for three films. He starred in two YRF productions, ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ in 2013 and ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’ in 2015. He was scheduled to work in a third film, Shekhar Kapur's ‘Paani’, but the project got shelved.

Meanwhile, the Narcotics Control Bureau summoned Dharma director and executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad for joining the investigations into the drugs cases linked to film personalities being probed by the agency.

However, it is not just the Sushant case that connects these two powerhouses. For the unversed they are related by blood.

Karan Johar is the nephew of the late Yash Chopra. He is the son of the latter’s sister Hiroo, who married Yash Johar.

Yash Chopra was born on September 27, 1932. He was an acclaimed filmmaker and producer who founded the YRF banner that introduced faces like Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma to name a few.

While Chopra primarily worked as a producer, he did helm some iconic films that redefined Hindi cinema. These include 'Deewaar', 'Kabhi Kabhie', 'Silsila', 'Chandni', 'Dil To Pagal Hai', and 'Veer-Zaara' among others.

In 1970, Chopra married Pamela Singh and together they have two sons Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra. While Aditya runs the YRF house and Chopra legacy as a producer, Uday has been MIA for a while.

In 2012, Chopra was diagnosed with dengue fever and died due to multiple organ failure on October 21. He was 80.

To mark Yash Chopra’s birth anniversary and the golden jubilee of YRF, a unique and customized drive-in theatrical experience for fans through the rich library of their classics is among the upcoming 50-year celebration plans of the banner.

The plan is YRF chairman and managing director Aditya Chopra's initiative to immerse cinephiles in a wave of nostalgia.

"This drive-in idea is to celebrate the magic of cinema, the nostalgia that brand YRF has in the minds of the audience. Aditya Chopra is currently shaping up the plan for YRF Project 50, so we expect the drive-in theatre plan to be announced sometime in 2021," a source told IANS.

"Aditya Chopra wants Hindi cinema lovers around the world to remember the grand 50-year celebrations of YRF by giving them a full dose of nostalgia. YRF has made so many blockbusters that have left wonderful memories in the hearts of audiences for 50 long years. Adi wants to celebrate those special memories with audiences worldwide," the source added.

According to the source, only the films that are in the library will be showcased through the drive-in exercise. "All new films that are part of YRF Project 50 will go through the standard release protocols of theatricals and then satellite and digital exhibition."

Elaborating on the timing of the global plan, the source reasoned that the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted people to their homes right now.

"Hopefully next year, people would want to seek out opportunities that they can celebrate with their family and make new memories post the pandemic," the source added.

"Adi wants to give Hindi film lovers a huge opportunity to relive their memories of watching movies with their families in the grandest of styles. YRF will plan on getting partners on board globally to execute this grand idea across several countries," said the source, about the banner's drive-in plans.

With inputs from Agencies

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