Vidhu Vinod Chopra
|Vidhu Vinod Chopra|
Chopra at the DVD Launch of PK in 2015
5 September 1952 |
Jammu and Kashmir
|Occupation||Writer, 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|
|Spouse(s)||Renu Saluja (divorced)
Anupama Chopra (m. 1990)
Vidhu Vinod Chopra (born September 5, 1952) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Munna Bhai film series (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai) and 3 Idiots are some of his highly popular films. He is the founder of Vinod Chopra Films.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Favourite Films
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Chopra grew up in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. His father was D. N. Chopra and veteran filmmaker Ramanand Sagar was his half-brother. He is of Punjabi descent and his parents are originally from Peshawar. His love of Hindi cinema and support of his family encouraged him to study film direction. For this purpose, he went to Pune and studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India.
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.
His first feature film, shot in black-and-white, was Sazaa-E-Maut (Death Penalty) – a thriller made on a shoestring 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, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, and 3 Idiots.
In a scriptwriters conference held in 2008 Abhijat Joshi, who co-wrote Munna Bhai MBBS with Rajkumar Hirani, stated the following as the commandments Vidhu Vinod Chopra follows while writing screenplays. Though Chopra claims these to be Ingmar Bergmen's commandments, Joshi was unable to find any such reference in his later researches.
The three commandments are as follows:
- You will entertain.
- You will not sell your soul when you entertain.
- You will treat each film as if it is your last film.
Joshi, who considers Chopra as his Guru, claims in the conference that he follows all the three commandments in all his works. The results that came out of these commandments have made their mark in the history of film.
|2015||Broken Horses||Producer, director, writer|
|2012||Ferrari Ki Sawaari||Producer, writer|
|2009||3 Idiots||Producer, Screenplay Associate|
|2007||Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Producer, director, writer|
|2006||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Producer, Screenplay Associate, lyricist|
|2005||Parineeta||Producer, Story and Dialogue Writer, Supervising Editor|
|2003||Munna Bhai MBBS||Producer, writer|
|2000||Mission Kashmir||Producer, director, writer|
|1998||Kareeb||Producer, director, writer|
|1994||1942: A Love Story||Producer, director, writer|
|1989||Parinda||Producer, director, writer|
|1985||Khamosh||Producer, director, writer|
|1983||Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro||Actor, Production Controller|
|1981||Sazaye Maut||Director, writer|
|1978||An Encounter with Faces||Director (Documentary)|
|1976||Murder At Monkey Hill||Director (Diploma film), writer, Actor (Akhtar)|
In the 2012 Sight and Sound Polls, held every 10 years to select the greatest films of all time, contemporary directors were asked to select 10 films of their choice. Chopra picked the following films: 
- Citizen Kane
- The Cloud-Capped Star
- The Emperor of the Mughals
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Mother India
- Pather Panchali
Awards and nominations
- 1978: Nominated, Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for An Encounter with Faces
- 1989: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film for Parinda
- 1989: Winner, Filmfare Best Director Award for Parinda
- 1994: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film for 1942: A Love Story
- 1994: Nominated, Filmfare Best Director Award for 1942: A Love Story
- 2000: Nominated, Filmfare Best Movie Award for Mission Kashmir
- 2000: Nominated, Filmfare Best Director Award for Mission Kashmir
- 2003: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film for Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
- 2003: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
- 2005: Nominated, Filmfare Best Movie Award for Parineeta
- 2006: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film for Lage Raho Munna Bhai
- 2006: Winner, Filmfare Best Story Award for Lage Raho Munna Bhai
- 2006: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Lage Raho Munna Bhai
- 2009: Winner, Filmfare Best Film Award for 3 Idiots
- 2009: Winner, Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for 3 Idiots
- 2014: Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Film for PK
- 1977: Best Short Experimental Film for Murder at Monkey Hill
- 2004: Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
- 2006: Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director for Parineeta (as producer)
- 2007: Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for Lage Raho Munnabhai
- 2007: Best Screenplay for Lage Raho Munnabhai
- 2010: Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for 3 Idiots
- 2007: Winner, IIFA Best Screenplay Award for Lage Raho Munna Bhai
- 2001: Nominated, IIFA Best Director Award for Mission Kashmir
- 2010: Winner, IIFA Best Screenplay Award for 3 idiots
- 2009: Winner, Readers' Choice Award for 3 Idiots
- 2009: Winner, Most Successful Film of the Year for 3 Idiots
Zee Cine Awards
- 2007: Winner, Best Screenplay Award for Lage Raho Munna Bhai
- 2005: Winner, Best Dialogue Award for Parineeta
- 2005: Winner, Best Director Award for Mission Kashmir
Tampere International Short Film Festival
- 1980: Winner, Grand Prix for An Encounter with Faces
Star Screen Awards
- 2006: Winner, Best Film for Lage Raho Munnabhai
- 2006: Nominated, Best Screenplay for Lage Raho Munna Bhai
- 2009: Winner, Star Screen Award for Best Film, 3 Idiots
- 2009: Winner, Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay, 3 Idiots
- "In Bollywood, everyone's related!". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- Murder At Monkey Hill (35mm / B&W / 35 min)
- Film Writers Association (2012-06-27), SCRIPT WRITERS CONFERENCE MPEG 4 LAN Streaming, retrieved 2016-08-01
- "Vidhu Vinod Chopra". British Film Institute. 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
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