Yash Johar was an indian Bollywood film producer born on September 6, 1929 and died on 26 June 2003. He is the founder of Dharma Productions in 1976 and made Hindi films that were noted for featuring lavish sets and exotic locations, but upheld Indian traditions and family values. Johar began his career in Bollywood in 1962 in Sunil Dutt’s production house Ajanta Arts. He was associated with films like Mujhe Jeene Do and Yeh Raaste Hai Pyaar Ke. He helped film maker Dev Anand handle the production of his film Guide, which did extremely well at the box office. He then continued with Dev Anand’s Navketan Films and handled production of films like Jewel Thief, Prem Pujari and Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Then in 1976, Johar launched his own banner, Dharma Productions. The first film produced by the company, Dostana, directed by Raj Khosla, was a huge box office success. The company produced a handful of other films in the 1980s and early 1990s including Agneepath, Gumrah and Duplicate. Moving on, the company had unprecedented success with their 1998 award-winning film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which also was the directorial debut of his son Karan Johar. The film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherji was an all-time blockbuster and was one of the biggest hits of the year particularly overseas. The film was critically acclaimed as well and won major awards in all categories including the Best Film Award at the 44th Annual Filmfare Awards, Lux Zee Cine Awards, Sansui Viewer’ Choice Awards, Bollywood Movie Awards, and the National Film Awards. Yash’s son followed up its success with his second film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which broke all box office records at the time to become the biggest hit in both India and particularly overseas where it entered the Top Five on the UK Charts. Johar was also involved in the production and distribution company Dreamz Unlimited founded in 1999 by Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Aziz Mirza. He helped set up the company as well as handling the production process of their first film, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. The last film Johar was involved in the production of was Kal Ho Naa Ho, which was a critical and commercial success, becoming the second top-grossing movie domestically and the top-grossing Bollywood film internationally that year. Prior to his death, Johar was also a senior member of the Film Producers Guild of India.
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