Fondly known as Tom Uncle, Yash Johar was born on September 6, 1929. He began his career in Bollywood in 1952 in Sunil Dutt's production house and got associated with films like Mujhe Jeene Do and Yeh Raaste Hai Pyaar Ke.
In picture: Yash Johar with Shah Rukh Khan at Duplicate's launch party.
Yash Johar founded 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. The first film produced by the company Dostana (1980), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman, Prem Chopra and Amrish Puri was a huge box office success.
In picture: Kareena Kapoor and Rekha present an award to Yash Johar.
This was followed by a handful of other films in the 1980s and early 1990s most notably Agneepath (the Amitabh Bachchan starrer), Gumrah (the Sanjay Dutt and Sridevi starrer) and Duplicate (the Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla starrer).
In picture: Tabu and Yash Johar during the wedding reception of Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl.
Dharma got unprecedented success with their 1998 award-winning film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which was the directorial debut of his son Karan Johar. The film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kajol, was an all-time blockbuster and was one of the biggest hits of the year particularly in the overseas market.
In picture: Karan Johar, Yash Johar, Hiroo Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Niranjan Iyengar at the release of the book The Making of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
The last film Yash 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 in the overseas market that year.
In picture: Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan with Yash Johar and Amitabh Bachchan at an event.
Yash Johar died on 26 June 2004 in Mumbai, aged 75, due to a chest infection, although he was also battling with cancer.
In picture: Randhir Kapoor, Yash Johar and Rakesh Roshan at Fardeen Khan's birthday bash.
Years after Yash Johar's death, his son-filmmaker Karan Johar remade his father's production Agneepath, with Hrithik Roshan, as it was his dream to make it a commercial hit this time around. Yes, you heard that right! The Amitabh Bachchan starrer wasn't a commercial success. "My decision to remake 'Agneepath' is purely an emotional one. And I am glad that I am as passionate about the film as my father was. I want to make this film again in memory of my father and I will make sure I get it right commercially," KJo had said, during Agneepath's (2012) press conference.
In picture: Prince Charles, Yash Johar, Piyush Pandey and Rani Mukerji at a cocktail reception organised by the British High Commission.
Very few know that Yash Johar, before becoming a filmmaker and launching Dharma Productions, worked as a production controller for the Dev Anand starrer film Guide (1965).
In picture: Amitabh Bachchan, Yash Johar and Manmohan Shetty during the inauguration of a multiplex.
Let's take a look at some of the candid pictures of late Yash Johar
Amitabh Bachchan, Randhir Kapor and Yash Johar captured in a candid moment during the launch of the book 'Raj Kapoor Speaks'.
Ramesh Sippy and wife Kiran Juneja with Yash Johar during the premiere of the film 'Tujhe Meri Kasam'.
Subhash Ghai, Canadian politician Herb Dhaliwal with Yash Johar.
Director Raman Kumar, Subhash Ghai, Govinda and Yash Johar at 21st anniversary of Mukta Arts.
Yash Chopra, Yash Johar and Mufti Mohammed at a get together.
On the 89th birth anniversary of Yash Johar, we pay tribute to the filmmaker by remembering his life and career and some interesting facts through candid images from our archives.
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