Anupama Chopra

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Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra in 2017
Anupama Chandra

23 February 1967
(age 56)
  • Author
  • journalist
  • film critic
(m. 1990)
Children2, including Zuni Chopra
RelativesVikram Chandra (brother)
Tanuja Chandra (sister)
Ramanand Sagar (brother-in-law)

Anupama Chopra (née Chandra) is an Indian author, journalist, film critic and director of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.[1] She is also the founder and editor of the digital platform Film Companion, 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,[2] as well as the Hindustan Times. She also hosted a weekly film review show The Front Row With Anupama Chopra, on Star World.[3] She won the 2000 National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema for her first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic. She presently critiques movies and interviews celebrities for Film Companion.

She is the festival director of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image.[4]

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. Anupama's grandfather, originally from Delhi, was an executive with Union Carbide, Kolkata. Her mother, Kamna Chandra, was a scriptwriter who wrote dialogue for such films as Prem Rog (1982) and Chandni (1989).[citation needed] 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 an Indian film director and screenwriter; her brother, Vikram Chandra, is a novelist, who splits his time between California and India.[5] She also lived in Hong Kong for several years as a teenager. She graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai with a BA in English Literature in 1987.[5]

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 movies."[5]


After her education, Chopra started her career as a film journalist and critic and over the years has written several books of films, especially 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).[6] 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.[7]

Chopra's work has been published in India Today, India's largest English-language magazine. She has also written about Hindi Films 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 at her book launch, 2012

Chopra hosted film review show, Picture This on NDTV 24X7 news channel.[8] In 2012, she started her weekly review show called The Front Row with Anupama Chopra, on Star World, which ran until June 2014.[8][9][10] In 2013, she released two books, Freeze Frame based on the interviews with film makers and actors on the TV show,[11] and 100 Films to See before You Die based on her weekly film columns.[12] 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 Hindi Film movies.[13] She has written several books on cinema. Anupama's latest book, The Front Row: Conversations on Cinema published by HarperCollins is a collection of her televised interviews with both Indian Film 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).[14][15]

Film Companion[edit]

In July 2014, Chopra founded the website Film Companion as a pan-India platform for entertainment journalism. Currently the platform carries reviews, interviews, features and masterclasses around cinema, television and web series. Chopra, Rahul Desai, Sucharita Tyagi and Pratayush Parasuraman write for the platform.[16][17][18][19] Baradwaj Rangan also wrote for many years before leaving on 15 March 2022.[20]


Personal life[edit]

Chopra is married to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a Hindi Film producer and director.[5][21] Her daughter Zuni Chopra (born 2001/2002) is author of three books, including a novel and two books in poetry.[22] Her son Agni Dev Chopra is an aspiring cricketer.[23]


  • Sholay: The Making of a Classic. Penguin Books, 2000. ISBN 014029970X.
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, British Film Institute, 2002. ISBN 0851709575.
  • King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema. Grand Central Publishing, 2007. ISBN 0446508985.
  • First Day First Show: Writings from the Bollywood Trenches. Penguin Books India, 2011. ISBN 0143065947.
  • Freeze Frames. Om Books, 2013. ISBN 9381607117.
  • 100 Films to See before You Die. BCCL, New Delhi, 2013. ISBN 9382299351.
  • The Front Row: Conversation on Cinema. HarperCollins Publishers India, 2015. ISBN 9789351770015.
  • In Conversation with the Stars. Rupa Publications, 2019. ISBN 9789353335182


  1. ^ "Mumbai Academy of Moving Image - Site".
  2. ^ Anupama Chopra, Consulting Editor, Films, NDTV Archived 3 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine NDTV website.
  3. ^ Chopra, Anupama (2 March 2012). "Anupama Chopra's review: Paan Singh Tomar". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. Starting today, Anupama Chopra becomes Hindustan Times' film critic.
  4. ^ "Mumbai Academy of Moving Image - Trustees Site".
  5. ^ a b c d Ramnath, Nandini. "Home truths Anupama Chopra". Time Out Mumbai. Retrieved 6 March 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals.
  7. ^ Results for 'au:Anupama Chopra' books
  8. ^ a b Rajyasree Sen (30 April 2012). "The Front Row with Anupama Chopra is the reel thing". Firstpost. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  9. ^ "The Front Row with Anupama Chopra". STAR World. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  10. ^ "The Front Row with Anupama Chopra". STAR Tv India. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  11. ^ "A look at what's on celebs' minds". The Tribune. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  12. ^ ""I am not a film snob" – Anupama Chopra". Cine Blitz. August 2013. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Film Companion in Anupama (Land)". Book My Show. August 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  14. ^ "MAMI has a new chairperson". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Anupama Chopra on Balancing Life as a Critic and Festival Director". The Quint. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Film Companion brings together experts and enters the education industry". Indian Television Dot Com. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  17. ^ Maneck, Ankita (5 October 2016). "Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival: Anupama Chopra on what to expect from its 18th edition". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 28 August 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival with Star". Koimoi. 14 April 2017. Archived from the original on 19 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  19. ^ "MAMI With PVR Cinemas Hosted FELICITE's Premiere". Koimoi. 27 April 2017. Archived from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  20. ^ Baradwaj Rangan [@baradwajrangan] (15 March 2022). "Goodbye, @fcompanionsouth !" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 March 2022 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Sleeping with the Enemy". OPEN. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  22. ^ Krithika, R. (6 February 2017). "Fifteen-year-old Zuni Chopra talks about her debut novel, The House That Talks". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  23. ^ "Agni Chopra, Son Of '12th Fail' Director, Slams 258 Runs On Ranji Trophy Debut". English Jagran. 10 January 2024. Retrieved 20 January 2024.

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