Anupama Chopra

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Anupama Chopra
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Anupama Chopra at the launch of her book King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan, 2007
Born Anupama Chandra
(1967-02-23) February 23, 1967 (age 47)
Calcutta, India
Occupation Author, Journalist, Film critic
Spouse(s) Vidhu Vinod Chopra (1990 – present)

Anupama Chopra (born 23rd February, 1967) is an Indian author, journalist and film critic. She has written several books on Indian cinema and has been a film critic for NDTV and India Today, [1] as well as the Hindustan Times.[2]

She won the 2000 National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema for her first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic .

Early life[edit]

Anupama Chopra was born as Anupama Chandra in Calcutta, India to a Punjabi Khatri family. Her father Navin Chandra originally from Delhi, was an executive with Union Carbide, and her mother Kamna Chandra was a scriptwriter; she wrote dialogues for such films as Prem Rog (1982) and Chandni (1989).[3] Chopra grew up with her brother and sister in Mumbai, where her family lived in Nepean Sea Road and then in Cuffe Parade. She also lived in Hong Kong for several years as a teenager. In 1987, she graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai with a BA in English Literature.

She decided to become a film journalist. She earned her MA in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She won the Harrington Award for magazine journalism while at Medill. She later said, "Film journalism was untouchable at the time. Everybody was ashamed and nobody wanted to admit that I worked for Movie."[4] Her sister Tanuja Chandra is a Bollywood director and screenwriter; and her brother Vikram Chandra is a novelist, who splits his time between California and India.[4]


Anupama Chopra has written several books. Her first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic (2000) won the 2001 National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema (India).[5] Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (The Bravehearted Will Take The Bride) (2002) was published by the British Film Institute as part of their Modern Classics Series. Her book, King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema, was featured on the annual "Editor's Choice" list of the New York Times Book Review.[citation needed]

Her 2011 book First Day First Show: Writings from the Bollywood Trenches, is a compilation of her articles on Hindi cinema over two decades, published by Penguin India.

Chopra's work has been published in India Today, India’s largest English-language magazine. She has also written about Bollywood for various international publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Variety and Sight & Sound. She presents a weekly review show called The Front Row, on Star World.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a Bollywood filmmaker and director.[4]



  1. ^ Anupama Chopra, Consulting Editor, Films, NDTV NDTV website.
  2. ^ Chopra, Anupama (March 2, 2012). "Anupama Chopra's review: Paan Singh Tomar". Hindustan Times. Retrieved March 6, 2012. "Starting today, Anupama Chopra becomes Hindustan Times’ film critic." 
  3. ^ Kamna Chandra at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b c Ramnath, Nandini. "Home truths Anupama Chopra". Time Out Mumbai. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 
  6. ^ Results for 'au:Anupama Chopra' []

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