Anupama Chopra

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Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra 9th Mumbai Film Festival (cropped).jpg
Anupama Chopra in 2017
Born Anupama Chandra
(1967-02-23) 23 February 1967 (age 50)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Education St. Xavier's College, Mumbai ;Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism
Occupation Author, journalist, film critic
Spouse(s) Vidhu Vinod Chopra (m. 1990)
Website www.filmcompanion.in

Anupama Chopra (born 23 February 1967) is an Indian author, journalist, film critic and director of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival[1] She is also the founder and editor of the digital platform Film Companion[2][3] which offers a curated look at cinema. She has written several books on Indian cinema and has been a film critic for NDTV, India Today,[4] as well as the Hindustan Times. She also hosted a weekly film review show The Front Row With Anupama Chopra, on Star World.[5] She won the 2000 National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema for her first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic.

Early life and background[edit]

Born as Anupama Chandra in Calcutta, India to Chandra Parshad family, She has also lived in Badayun, a city in Uttar Pradesh. Her father Navin Chandra was the eldest of the brothers and sisters of Anupama's grandfather, 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).[6] Chopra grew up with her brother and sister in Mumbai, where her family lived in Nepean Sea Road and then in Cuffe Parade. 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.[7] 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.[7]

Later, Chopra earned her MA in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She won the Harrington Award for "academic excellence and promise for success in the field of 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."[7]

Career[edit]

After her education, Chopra started her career as a film journalist and critic and over the years has written several books of films, especially Bollywood or Hindi cinema. She has written about the Hindi film industry since 1993 and has explored cinema in several mediums - print, television and digital. Her first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic (2000) won the 2001 National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema (India).[8] 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] It was also translated into German, Indonesian and Polish.

Chopra's 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.[9]

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 and is currently a contributing editor to Vogue (India)..

Chopra hosted film review show, Picture This on NDTV 24X7 news channel.[10] In 2012, she started her weekly review show called The Front Row with Anupama Chopra, on Star World, which ran till June 2014.[10][11][12] In 2013, she released two books, Freeze Frame based on the interviews with filmmakers and actors on the TV show,[13] and 100 Films to See before You Die based on her weekly film columns.[14] In 2014, she also did a Hindi show called 'Star Verdict' on Star Plus. Currently she hosts Film Companion on YouTube which replaced "The Front Row With Anupama Chopra" where she critiques Bollywood movies. [15] She has written several books on cinema. Anupama’s latest book, The Front Row: Conversations on Cinema published by Harper Collins is a collection of her televised interviews with both Bollywood and Hollywood personalities. She is also actively involved in works related to film festivals happening in India.

In November 2014, Chopra replaced Shyam Benegal to become the chairperson of the Mumbai Film Festival organized by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI).[16] [17]

Personal life[edit]

Chopra is married to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a Bollywood producer and director.[7][18] Her daughter Zuni Chopra (born 2001/2002) is author of three books, including a novel and two books in poetry. Her son Agni Dev Chopra is an aspiring cricketer.

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jio MAMI Film Festival
  2. ^ Film Companion
  3. ^ Film Companion Youtube
  4. ^ Anupama Chopra, Consulting Editor, Films, NDTV Archived 3 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. NDTV website.
  5. ^ Chopra, Anupama (2 March 2012). "Anupama Chopra's review: Paan Singh Tomar". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 March 2012. Starting today, Anupama Chopra becomes Hindustan Times' film critic. 
  6. ^ Kamna Chandra on IMDb
  7. ^ a b c d Ramnath, Nandini. "Home truths Anupama Chopra". Time Out Mumbai. Retrieved 6 March 2012. [dead link]
  8. ^ "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 
  9. ^ Results for 'au:Anupama Chopra' books WorldCat.org.
  10. ^ a b Rajyasree Sen (30 April 2012). "The Front Row with Anupama Chopra is the reel thing". Firstpost. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Front Row with Anupama Chopra". STAR World. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Front Row with Anupama Chopra". STAR Tv India. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "A look at what's on celebs' minds". The Tribune. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  14. ^ ""I am not a film snob" – Anupama Chopra". Cine Blitz. August 2013. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  15. ^ ""Film Companion in Anupama (Land)"". Book My Show. August 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "MAMI has a new chairperson - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  17. ^ "Anupama Chopra on Balancing Life as a Critic and Festival Director". The Quint. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  18. ^ "Sleeping with the Enemy". OPEN. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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