Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Vidhu Vinod Chopra March 2015.jpg
Chopra at the DVD Launch of PK in 2015
Born (1952-09-05) 5 September 1952 (age 67)
OccupationWriter, Producer, Director, Editor, Lyricist, Actor
Notable work
Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Eklavya: The Royal Guard,Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.,Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, PK,Sanju, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Spouse(s)Renu Saluja (divorced)
Anupama Chopra (m. 1996)
Websitevinodchoprafilms

Vidhu Vinod Chopra (born 5 September 1952) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer.[1] His better known films include Parinda, 1942: A Love Story , Munna Bhai film series (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai), 3 Idiots, PK, Sanju and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. He is the founder of Vinod Chopra Films and Vinod Chopra Productions.

Early life[edit]

Chopra was born and grew up in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India.[2] His father was D. N. Chopra and veteran filmmaker Ramanand Sagar was his half-brother.[3] He studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.[4]

Career[edit]

Chopra's first student short film, Murder at Monkey Hill, won the National Film Award for Best Short Experimental Film and the Guru Dutt Memorial Award for Best Student Film.[5]

This was followed by a short documentary highlighting the plight of India's destitute children, called An Encounter with Faces, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category in 1979. It also won the Grand Prix at the Tampere Film Festival in 1980.[6]

He founded his own production company, Vinod Chopra Films, in 1985. Since then, the company has gone on to produce major Bollywood films, and is currently one of the biggest and most successful film production houses in India.

Films[edit]

His first feature film, shot in black-and-white, was Sazaa-E-Maut (Death Penalty) – a thriller made on a low budget with then-unknown actor Naseeruddin Shah and editor Renu Saluja, who were his fellow students at FTII, Pune.

His critically acclaimed films include Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Mission Kashmir, the Munna Bhai series, Parineeta, and 3 Idiots. 3 Idiots went on to become one of the most successful films in India, and became the first film in the country to cross Rs. 200 crore at the boxoffice.[7] It also found popular appeal in markets like Taiwan and Korea.[8] He also made his Hollywood directorial debut with the film Broken Horses in 2015. However, it received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 22%,[9] and was commercially unsuccessful, only making Rs. 60 lakh in its opening weekend.[10]

His latest film, Shikara - A Love Letter from Kashmir is a Hindi language historical romance film releasing on 21 February 2020 and will mark his return to direction in India after 12 years. His last directorial feature film, Eklavya: The Royal Guard released in 2007.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role(s) Notes
2020 Shikara Producer, director [11]
2019 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Producer
2018 Sanju Producer
2016 Wazir Producer, editor
2015 Broken Horses Producer, director, writer
2014 PK Producer Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari Producer, writer
2009 3 Idiots Producer, Screenplay Associate National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

Filmfare Award for Best Film

Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay

2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Producer, director, writer
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Producer, Screenplay Associate, lyricist National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

Filmfare Award for Best Story

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay

2005 Parineeta Producer, Story and Dialogue Writer, Supervising Editor Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film

2003 Munna Bhai MBBS Producer, writer National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film

Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film

2000 Mission Kashmir Producer, director, writer Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director

1998 Kareeb Producer, director, writer
1994 1942: A Love Story Producer, director, writer Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director

1989 Parinda Producer, director, writer Filmfare Award for Best Director

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film

1985 Khamosh Producer, director, writer
1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Actor(Dushasana), Production Controller
1981 Sazaye Maut Director, writer
1978 An Encounter with Faces Director (Documentary) Nominated - Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)
1976 Murder At Monkey Hill Director (Diploma film), writer, Actor (Akhtar) National Film Award for Best Experimental Film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Vidhu Vinod Chopra has received one nomination at the Academy Awards, six National Film Awards, and five awards from fourteen nominations at the Filmfare Awards.

IIFA Awards[edit]

Stardust Awards[edit]

  • 2009: Winner, Readers' Choice Award for 3 Idiots

FICCI Awards[edit]

  • 2009: Winner, Most Successful Film of the Year for 3 Idiots

Zee Cine Awards[edit]

Tampere International Short Film Festival[edit]

Star Screen Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Indian film critic, Anupama Chopra.[12] He has two children with her, a son, Agni and a daughter, Zuni Chopra.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vidhu Vinod Chopra". IMDb. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Vidhu Vinod Chopra recalls troubled time in Kashmir - NDTV Movies". ndtv.com. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "In Bollywood, everyone's related!". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ Sharma, Sampada (6 April 2017). "The Batch Of 1975-78: The FTII Students Who Set New Benchmarks & Changed The Course Of Cinema". ScoopWhoop. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Murder at Monkey Hill". Rudraa. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Tampere International Short Film Festival (1980)". IMDb. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  7. ^ "3 Idiots - Lifetime Box Office Collection, Budget, Reviews, Cast, etc". BOTY. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  8. ^ "3 Idiots - Lifetime Box Office Collection, Budget, Reviews, Cast, etc". BOTY. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Broken Horses". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Broken Horses Is An Epic Disaster - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Vidhu Vinod Chopra's upcoming film Shikara, described as a 'love letter from Kashmir', to release on 8 November". Firstpost. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Sleeping with the Enemy". OPEN Magazine. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Zuni Chopra, the quirky millennial author, at her candid best". in.com. Retrieved 23 July 2019.

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