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Vidhu Vinod Chopra (born on 5 September 1956) is an Indianmarker director and producer. He is considered to be one of the most talented and pathbreaking Indian filmmakers. He is also the head of Vinod Chopra Productions. He is particularly known for producing the Munna Bhai films.

Early life

Vidhu Vinod Chopra was born and brought up in Srinagarmarker, Kashmirmarker, Indiamarker. He studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India.

Career

Chopra's first student short Murder At Monkey Hill won the National Film Award for the Best Short Experimental Film and also the Guru Dutt Memorial Award for Best Student Film.

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 short, non-fiction film category in 1979.

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

Chopra has since then been involved with a number of critically acclaimed films including Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Mission Kashmir, the Munna Bhai series, Parineeta and the recently released film, Eklavya: The Royal Guard.

Personal life

Chopra first married, film editor, Renu Saluja, though the married ended in a divorce, they continued to work together in many films. Later he married to writer Anupama Chopra, previously a resident of the United Statesmarker is now a movie reviewer with NDTV and India Today. Chopra is the half-brother of Ramanand Sagar of TV series, Ramayan.

Filmography

Year Film Role(s)
Announced Munnabhai Chale Amerika Producer & Writer
Stuck/On Hold 64 Squares Producer & Director
2009 3 Idiots Producer & Story Writer
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Director, Producer & Screenplay
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Producer, Screenplay Associate & Lyricist
2005 Parineeta Producer, Story & Dialogue Writer, Supervising Editor
2003 Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Producer & Writer
2000 Mission Kashmir Director, Producer & Writer
1998 Kareeb Director & Producer
1993 1942: A Love Story Director, Producer & Writer
1989 Parinda Director & Actor (Corpse)
1985 Khamosh Director, Producer & Writer
1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Actor & Production Controller
1981 Sazaye Maut Director, Producer & Writer
1978 An Encounter with Faces Director
1977 Murder At Monkey Hill Director (Diploma Film)


Awards and nominations

Star Screen Awards



IIFA Awards



Filmfare Awards



National Awards



Footnotes

  1. Murder At Monkey Hill (35mm / B&W / 35 min)


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