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In 2008, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and FIAPF honoured India’s Yash Chopra with the FIAPF Award for outstanding achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region.

With a career spanning five decades and more than 40 films to his credit, Yash Chopra’s films have defined the language of Hindi movies as we know them today.

His achievements as both director and producer are staggering. He has never fought shy of adventuring into bold and controversial themes ­ which are not just simple ‘message films’. Instead he has pulled off the more difficult task of weaving in socially relevant messages within the parameters of commercial cinema. The social comment has been couched in smiles and tears and have managed to successfully bridge the gap between the older and the younger generations.

Yash Chopra, today, is more than director and producer alone. He is the leader of the industry and the voice that governments listen to on matters pertaining to the rapidly booming Hindi film industry. International trade journal Hollywood Reporter in 2004 listed Yashraj Films and the Number 1 Film Distribution House in India, and 27th in the world.

Mr Chopra was unable to attend the 2008 APSAs due to a loss in his family. FIAPF Director General Mr Benoit Ginisty personally presented him with the award at the opening night celebrations of the 2009 Mumbai Film Festival.

“I am very happy that Mr Benoît Ginisty has specially come to present this prestigious award to me which unfortunately I could not collect last year owing to a personal bereavement. I thank the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and FIAPF and humbly accept this award as a recognition for the Indian Film industry as a whole and for myself personally.” – Yash Chopra

Yash Chopra is the only filmmaker to have won the National Award six times. He has won the Filmfare Award eight times – the only living director to have won this award eight times – and various other Awards innumerable times.

With his vast years of experience in the entertainment business, Yash Chopra is indisputably the leader of the Indian Film industry. The corporatization of Indian entertainment, which is currently at its peak, had its genesis in the pioneering efforts of Yash Chopra. He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry of the Government of India.

Even after seven decades, his vitality and creativity remain undiminished, and a new Yash Chopra or YRF film continues to remain the most anticipated event in the film calendar of India. His directorial efforts keep pace with and outshine the work of directors less than half his age ­ for Indians of every age ­ Hindi cinema means Yash Chopra and Yash Chopra means Hindi cinema.