Rare, unseen pictures: Remembering Yash Johar on his 16th death anniversary

Updated: Jun 26, 2020, 11:32 | Nikita Wagh
  • Yash Johar with Shah Rukh Khan

    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. (All photos/mid-day archives)

    In picture: Yash Johar with Shah Rukh Khan at Duplicate's launch party.

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  • Yash Johar with Rekha and Kareena Kapoor

    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.

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  • Tabu and 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.

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  • Karan Johar, Yash Johar, Hiroo Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Niranjan Iyengar

    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.

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  • Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan with Yash Johar and Amitabh Bachchan

    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.

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  • Randhir Kapoor, Yash Johar and Rakesh Roshan

    Yash Johar died on June 26, 2004, in Mumbai, aged 75, due to a chest infection; he was also battling cancer.

    In picture: Randhir Kapoor, Yash Johar and Rakesh Roshan at Fardeen Khan's birthday bash.

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  • Prince Charles, Yash Johar, Piyush Pandey and Rani Mukerji

    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.

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  • Amitabh Bachchan, Yash Johar and Manmohan Shetty

    Very few know that Yash Johar, before becoming a filmmaker and launching Dharma Productions, worked as a production controller for the Dev Anand starrer Guide (1965).

    In picture: Amitabh Bachchan, Yash Johar and Manmohan Shetty during the inauguration of a multiplex.

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  • Amitabh Bachchan, Randhir Kapor and Yash Johar

    Let's take a look at some 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'.

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  • Yash Johar with son Karan Johar

    On Father's Day, 2019, Karan Johar posted this picture with his late father Yash Johar and wrote in the caption, "Papa! We have a daughter named after mom and a son named after you ..... you would have pinched their cheeks like you always pinched mine! They call me dada! And I want to be the father to them that you were to me... [sic]"

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  • Ramesh Sippy and wife Kiran Juneja with Yash Johar

    Ramesh Sippy and wife Kiran Juneja with Yash Johar during the premiere of the film 'Tujhe Meri Kasam'.

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  • Subhash Ghai, Canadian politician Herb Dhaliwal with Yash Johar

    Subhash Ghai, Canadian politician Herb Dhaliwal with Yash Johar.

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  • Director Raman Kumar, Subhash Ghai, Govinda and Yash Johar

    Director Raman Kumar, Subhash Ghai, Govinda and Yash Johar at the 21st anniversary of Mukta Arts.

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  • Yash Chopra, Yash Johar and Mufti Mohammed

    Yash Chopra, Yash Johar and Mufti Mohammed at an event.

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About The Gallery

It's Yash Johar's death anniversary on June 26. We pay tribute to the filmmaker by remembering his life and career and some interesting facts through candid images from our archives.