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Yash Chopra named Asian filmmaker of the Year

entertainment Updated: Sep 04, 2009 19:57 IST

Producer-director Yash Chopra will be honoured with the 'Asian Filmmaker of the Year' award at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) for his "remarkable contributions" to establish Bollywood cinema on the global stage.

Chopra, known as the king of romance in Hindi film industry, is being awarded for enhancing "the global status of Indian films as well as Asian cinema" in his five-decade long career in the Hindi film industry.

"His efforts in raising the international profile of Indian movies through joint investments and co-productions with Hollywood have been highly acknowledged," a statement from the festival organisers said.

The 76-year-old filmmaker will be presented with the award on during the Pusan film festival, which runs from October 8-16 in Pusan, South Korea.

The festival will also show four movies -- Lamhe, Dhoom 2, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and recently released New York. Chopra directed Lamhe in 1991 while Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was directed by his son Aditya Chopra last year. Dhoom 2 and New York were produced by Chopra's banner Yash Raj films.

Chopra started his career assistant to his brother BR Chopra and debuted as a filmmaker with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959. He is famous for his evergreen romances like Kabhi Kabhi, Silsila, Lahme and Chandani.

The past recipients of the 'Asian Filmmaker of the Year' award are Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien and Andy Lau from Hong Kong.