Indian production company Yash Raj Films appoints new CEO – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Yash Raj Films, a key production house and distributor in India, has appointed Akshaye Widhani to the new role of CEO, effective immediately.

Widhani has been with the company for 17 years and most recently served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Business Affairs, and Chief Operating Officer at YRF Studios. The executive is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and also leads initiatives for the Yash Chopra Charitable Foundation.

Aditya Chopra continues in the role of MD and President.

Yash Raj Films was founded by Yash Chopra in 1970. Its film credits include box office hits Tiger Ek Tha (2012) and its 2017 sequel, Dhoom 3 (2013), sports drama Sultan (2016) and the action thriller War (2019).

Akshaye says, “I am incredibly humbled and honored to take on the role of CEO of Yash Raj Films, a company that I have spent the last 17 years of my life learning from. I am happy to have had a front row seat as a member of the YRF management team under Yashji and Aditya Chopra during this period. I share their passion and commitment to innovation, creative excellence, future expansion plans and also giving back to the industry that has supported us and made us who we are today. I have been tasked with collaborating and leading YRF’s extremely sharp think tank, which I believe is the best the industry has to offer. I look forward to taking on this responsibility and taking the business to new heights with the YRF family in the years to come.

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