Aditya Chopra is an Indian film director, actor, and producer. As a filmmaker, he has worked in Bollywood films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Mohabbatein, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and Befikre. An integral part of India's film industry, Chopra has received multiple awards for his work as a director, screenwriter, and producer. He is the current Chairman of India's multi-national film, media, and entertainment conglomerate Yash Raj Films (YRF).
Chopra has written and produced several commercially viable films including off-beat content not necessarily fitting into the realm of "masala films". These production efforts have accumulated worldwide earnings of more than ₹1.2 billion, which is the most for an Indian film producer. Chopra is also the first to move towards a true film studio model through independent projects helmed by talent under his banner. Major post-production work of the company is now carried out of YRF Studios (co-founded by his ex-wife Payal Khanna), where Chopra serves as Chief Executive.
In December 2009, Chopra fought a $3.7 billion hostile takeover bid by Walt Disney, post its acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel. YRF continued as a domestic entity aided by the Tata Sons, as Disney acquired UTV at $500 million. In January 2019, YRF reached a $9.1 billion valuation by the NSE, thereby making it the largest film production company in the history of Indian Cinema; Disney exited all Indian film operations and was liquidated the same year. Apart from emerging as an equitable brand, his company earned the status of a movie mogul through distribution networks spread across the globe. Having denied him admission into the NSD due to his severe stammering as a young applicant, the Film Division of India eventually honored him with the National Award for his achievements in 1995, 2005, 2007, and 2015. The Government of India appealed to both Chopra and Mani Ratnam to focus on content created locally under its Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives. In June 2018, he was awarded membership into The Academy by the Producers Guild of America. In May 2020, Chopra refused licensing deals with Amazon and with Netflix opting for traditional Indian film exhibitions. YRF finalized plans to launch its own OTT service with Tata ELXSI the same year. Widely regarded as one of the most influential executives in Indian entertainment, Chopra has however rejected the publicity and fame that came with being Yash Chopra's son and the Chief Executive of Yash Raj Films. He has remained extremely media-shy and a passive individual, battling constant reports of an alleged dysthymic disorder throughout his three-decade career, resulting in very few public photos of him being in existence.