TV was natural progression, says Yash Chopra

TV was natural progression, says Yash Chopra

Indian Bollywood producer and director Yash Chopra holds his trophy during the V Shantaram Awards 2009 ceremony in Mumbai on Monday. AFP

The company has produced five week-end shows ushering in a pool of new talent in form of writers, directors and actors. The highlight would be Karan Johar's 'Lift Kare De', a reality show featuring 20 top stars of the Hindi film industry.

Chopra said the television arm of his production house was the brainchild of his elder son Aditya, who devoted his energies to set up the television content company after release of 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' in December last year.

"YRF began on September 27, 1971 when Aditya was a few months old. Twenty five years later, the company crossed its first milestone when Aditya directed DDLJ which created box office history," he said.

"We started our distribution office in India and two years later in UK. The second milestone was setting up of the YRF studios in 2004. Television was a natural progression and we hope to bring our cinematic vision on television as well," Chopra added.

He said Sony television was the natural choice as a partner because YRF's complete catalogue was with the channel and the two had a good business partership. (MORE)
Chopra said YRF TV is an initiative to engage and entertain the entire family through content which combines high quality production values with contemporary story telling-characters, language and environment to which today's family can relate.

N P Singh, COO of Sony Entertainment Television said the channel is committed to give its fiction shows a contemporary look.

"The effects of slowdown was witnessed in early 2009. But, the scenario has improved," he said.

'Lift Kara De' features one superstar and their biggest fan each week. 'Mahi Way' is a contemporary presentation of a young urban girl, 'Rishta.com' is today's take on the institution of marriage.

'Seven' will be television's first of its kind cutting edge special effects action adventure show while 'Powder' will see coming of age of thrillers on television, he added.

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