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Yash Raj Films turns 50: Actors who began their film career with the production house, from Anushka Sharma to Ranveer Singh- Entertainment News, Firstpost


Yash Raj Films, based by late filmmaker Yash Chopra, is presently in its 50th 12 months. The production home, popularly identified for its romantic dramas and vibrant palette, has experimented with its choices over the years, notably when Aditya Chopra took over. From stylised motion dramas to movies set in small-town India, YRF has introduced many a flavour to the large display screen. Through a sequence of throwbacks, we’ll have a good time the legacy of the production home throughout the 12 months.

Also learn: As Yash Raj Films turns 50, itemizing the production home’s underrated gems, from Doosra Aadmi to Titli


Before the coronavirus outbreak shook the world, YRF was scheduled to launch three new faces in their 50th 12 months in 2020. These consists of Sharvari, who was seen in Kabir Khan’s Amazon Prime Video India Original present The Forgotten Army reverse Sunny Kaushal. She will make her Hindi film debut with Bunty Aur Babli 2, reverse Siddhant Chaturvedi.

 Yash Raj Films turns 50: Actors who began their film career with the production house, from Anushka Sharma to Ranveer Singh

Sharvari, Shalini Pandey, and Manushi Chhillar

Similarly, Shalini Pandey, who was observed in Sandeep Vanga Reddy’s 2017 romantic drama Arjun Reddy reverse Vijay Devarakonda, will make her Hindi film debut reverse yet one more YRF discover, Ranveer Singh, in the comedy Jayeshbhai Jordaar. And Manushi Chhillar, Miss World 2017, will make her long-awaited display screen debut reverse Akshay Kumar in Chandraprakash Dwiwedi’s historic drama Prithviraj.

Now, a significant chunk of the credit score should go to the recurring casting director of the production home, Shanoo Sharma. She joined YRF in 2011, that coincided with an infusion of recent blood into the studio. While introducing new administrators was a norm since 2000s, the 2010s noticed a surge in new faces, a few of whom subsequently grew to become A-list stars.

The A-list wagon

Anushka Sharma

YRF had launched new faces since 1970 however these have been few and much between. None of them, regardless of making promising debuts, went on to register themselves as A-list stars. Yash Chopra might be credited with his share of finds like Poonam Dhillon and Saif Ali Khan however their debut movies Trishul and Parampara have been produced by Gulshan Rai and Firoz A Nadiadwala respectively, not YRF.

The first main star to debut in a YRF film turned out to be the game-changer Anushka Sharma, who was solid reverse Shah Rukh Khan in Aditya Chopra’s 2008 directorial Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. She performed the position of Taani, a submissive homemaker who finds herself in a wedding with out will and finds an unlikely associate in a dance class.

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Anushka maintains the film modified her life as she went on to do change into an A-list star and a producer herself, underneath the banner of Clean Slate Filmz. “Adi (Aditya Chopra) used to say that we now have taken you as a result of you may stand by yourself towards anybody. Yash ji had additionally stated the similar. For an adolescent like me to hear that was an enormous confidence booster. The solely cause I used to be so assured once I did the film is as a result of I used to be so ready. Confidence comes since you work so onerous,” she stated to Press Trust of India.

Anushka’s three-film deal with YRF (a banner ritual since then) included Parmeet Sethi’s 2010 directorial debut Badmaash Company and Maneesh Sharma’s cult romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat. She was later seen in YRF movies like Sharma’s 2011 heist drama Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Yash Chopra’s 2012 romantic drama Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ali Abbas Zafar’s 2016 sports activities drama Sultan, and Sharat Kataria’s 2018 film Sui Dhaaga: Made in India.

Ranveer Singh

Ranveer made his debut in the lead position reverse Anushka in Band Baaja Baaraat. The film catapulted Ranveer into the A-league, inviting comparability with the flavour of the season, Ranbir Kapoor, who was curiously the first alternative for the position.

Ranveer performed Bittoo, a brash Dilli ka launda, who collaborates with Anushka’s character to begin a marriage planning enterprise, however finally ends up falling for her. He made the physique language and accent of Bittoo so memorable that it took some time to let it sink in that Ranveer was truly a born and raised in Mumbai.


It is frequent information that Karan Johar was uncertain about Anushka’s prospects earlier than the launch of her debut film, however Aditya Chopra saved a verify on Ranveer’s expectation as nicely. He instructed the actor, “You’re not the most good looking guy. You have to do some good acting if you want people to like you.” Of course, Ranveer then went on to function in YRF movies like Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Ali Abbas Zafar’s 2004 buddy crime drama Gunday, Shaad Ali’s 2014 motion comedy Kill Dil, and Aditya Chopra’s 2016 romantic comedy Befikre.

Parineeti Chopra

Interestingly, Parineeti was a public relations guide in YRF earlier than she was noticed by Shanoo for considered one of the 4 love pursuits of Ranveer’s character in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. She stood out for her spoilt Delhi woman portrayal, and went on to do Habib Faisal’s 2014 motion romance Ishaqzaade as the feminine lead.

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Parineeti, who was already taking pictures for Ishaqzaade when her debut film launched, was known as by Yash Chopra, who thanked her for being a part of his film. Parineeti was later seen in a number of YRF movies like Maneesh’s 2013 romantic drama Shuddh Desi Romance, Habib’s 2014 meals film Daawat-e-Ishq, Kill Dill, Akshoy Roy’s 2017 directorial debut Meri Pyaari Bindu, and the upcoming Dibakar Banerjee film Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.

Arjun Kapoor

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Sachin Gokhale/ Firstpost

Arjun was supposed to make his debut in a film produced underneath Y Films, a subsidiary of YRF. But Aditya Chopra then solid him as a substitute as Parma, the male lead in Ishaqzaade, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s iconic play Romeo & Juliet. Arjun was subsequently seen in YRF movies like the 2013 crime drama Aurangzeb, Gunday, and can seem in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.

Vaani Kapoor

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Vaani’s efficiency in her debut film, a supporting character in Shudh Desi Romance, stays her greatest until date. Later, she was seen as the feminine lead in movies like 2014 Tamil flick Aaha Kalyanam, Befikre, and most lately Siddharth Anand’s 2019 espionage thriller War. She will subsequent be seen reverse Ranbir in Karan Malhotra’s dacoit drama Shamshera.

Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi, a former assistant to Shanoo, auditioned for Sharat’s 2015 romantic drama Dum Laga Ke Haisha. She was requested to acquire weight tremendously to play Sandhya, a plus-sized spouse to Ayushmann Khurrana’s character.


The film not solely solidified Bhumi-Ayushmann as a reliable onscreen pair but in addition established Bhumi as an A-league actress. She has not been seen in a YRF film since her debut however has chosen to combine it up with a variety of banners, administrators, and roles. However, she continues to be represented by YRF.

Other noticeable debuts

Farah, actress Tabu’s sister, obtained her large break in Hindi cinema by way of Yash Chopra’s 1985 directorial Faasle. She later appeared in a number of movies until 2005 however may by no means break the glass ceiling like her youthful sister did.

Mandira Bedi and Parmeet Sethi have been launched as supporting actors in Aditya Chopra’s iconic 1995 romantic drama Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. They performed siblings and the quintessential third vertex in the love triangles involving the protagonists Simran (Kajol) and Raj (Shah Rukh Khan). While they proceed to act in movies, they’ve not likely made it large in the business. Parmeet was final seen in Ruchi Narain’s Disney+ Hotstar present Hundred, and Mandira appeared in Sujeeth’s 2019 multilingual motion entertainer Saaho.

The Mohabbatien brigade in 2000 noticed Aditya Chopra introduce as many as 4 newcomers, together with his youthful brother Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma, and Preeti Jhangiani. All of them fashioned a stellar ensemble, alongside with Jugal Hansraj, Jimmy Sheirgill, SRK, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Archana Puran Singh, Anupam Kher, and Helen. None of the newcomers are energetic actors immediately. Uday works in the backend of  YRF, and was final noticeably seen in the Dhoom franchise. Shamita final appeared as a finalist in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 10.

In 2002, Tulip Joshi made her debut with Sanjay Gadhvi’s romantic comedy Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. However, she went into oblivion after Anant Mahadevan’s 2004 film Dil Maange More, reverse Shahid Kapoor.

The similar 12 months, Sandhya Mridul graduated from tv to movies with a supporting position in Shaad Ali’s Saathiya. She has appeared sporadically on display screen since then, and final appeared in Ajay Bahl’s 2019 courtroom drama Section 375 in movies and ALTBalaji and ZEE5 present Mentalhood.

Sagarika Ghatge was lauded for her portrayal of Preeti Sabarwal, an formidable Indian hockey participant in Shimit Amin’s 2006 sports activities drama Chak De! India, alongside SRK, who performed the coach. She has appeared in just a few movies since then, and is now married to Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan.

Gauhar Khan and Shazahn Padamsee made their debut collectively in Amin’s 2009 film Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, alongside Ranbir. Gauhar was final seen, in yet one more company comedy, in the Hindi adaptation of The Office final 12 months on Hotstar. Shazahn, nevertheless, was final seen means again in Sajid Khan’s 2012 ensemble comedy Housefull 2.

Meiyang Chang, who rose to fame with actuality exhibits like Indian Idol and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, appeared in just a few YRF movies however was the most observed in Badmaash Company.

Saqib Saleem was launched in Nupur Asthana’s 2010 film Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, produced underneath Y Films. He has since then appeared in a number of noteworthy movies like Karan Johar’s quick film in Bombay Talkies, Rohit Dhawan’s 2016 film Dishoom, Remo D’Souza’s 2018 motion drama Race 3, and shall be seen in Kabir Khan’s sports activities drama 83 later this 12 months.

Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvanshi obtained a break in Kanu Behl’s 2014 directorial debut Titli. They later reunited for Amazon Prime Video India Original present Made in Heaven final 12 months. He final appeared in Geethu Mohandas’ critically acclaimed gangster drama Moothon in 2019, and she or he was observed in brief film Devi earlier this 12 months.

The dangerous guys from the Mardaani franchise, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Vishal Jethwa, made outstanding debuts once they locked horns with Rani Mukerji’s lead character. Both received awards for their breakthroughs, and Tahir later appeared in Nandita Das’ 2018 critically acclaimed interval drama Manto and Nitesh Tiwari’s 2019 blockbuster Chhichhore.

Unlikely performing turns

Filmmaker Karan Johar and costume designer-cum-stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania made surprising performing debuts as Raj and Simran’s buddies in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. This was three years earlier than Johar made his directorial debut with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He, after all, later appeared in just a few performing roles, most notably as the antagonist in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet. Anaita continues to be an ace stylist, and did made just one fleeting look as Saif Ali Khan’s love curiosity Geeta in Nikkhil Advani’s 2003 film Kal Ho Naa Ho.

Stand-up comic Abish Mathew performed Ayushmann Khurrana’s buddy in Meri Pyaari Bindu. His position principally appeared like an extension of his persona off-screen. He has not appeared in any film but, and continues to be busy with his gigs and present Son of Abish.

All photographs from Twitter.

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Updated Date: May 07, 2020 08:11:41 IST


  1. Congratulation to Yashraj Films on its Golden Jubilee. I am really Thankful to Yashraj Films for giving me a Good Role of Hero’s Father in their Film Qaidi Band. Still a Long Way to Go! ….. Actor and Corporate Trainer Sandip V Pednekar


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