Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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Vidhu Vinod Chopra
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Chopra at the DVD Launch of PK in March 2015
Born (1952-09-05) 5 September 1952 (age 68)
Nationality Indian
Notable work
1942: A Love Story
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
3 Idiots
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
(m. 19761983)

Shabnam Sukhdev
(m. 19851989)

(m. 1990)
Children3 (including Zuni Chopra)
Website Vinod Chopra Films

Vidhu Vinod Chopra (born 5 September 1952) is

an Indian film director, producer, editor, screenwriter, lyricist and actor. [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 , Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and Shikara (2020 film). He is the founder of Vinod Chopra Films and Vinod Chopra Productions.


Early life

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] His father's family originally came from Peshawar, British India. [4] His mother was Shanti Devi Mahalakshmi who left Kashmir with him and family after the migration of Kashmiri Pandits due to the Kashmir conflict in 1990. He dedicated his movie Shikara to his mother which is based on the same theme. [5] He studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.


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. [6]

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. [7]

Sazaye Maut , his first full-length feature film, was an adaptation of his previous short, Murder at Monkey Hill . It starred Naseeruddin Shah, Radha Saluja and Dilip Dhawan. Vanraj Bhatia composed the music for the film. For Khamosh , his next directorial venture, Chopra assembled a cast featuring some of the finest acting talent in India. Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor, among others, appeared in prominent roles. An inventive meta thriller set in Kashmir, Khamosh remains one of the notable Indian films in the genre.

Parinda is a landmark film in Hindi cinema. It expanded the orbit of the crime drama and the vocabulary of images used in Hindi films while garnering widespread critical acclaim and numerous awards. Several modern Indian filmmakers have expressed their admiration for and drawn inspiration from Chopra's film.

Chopra's next film, 1942: A Love Story , was a historical romance set during the decline of the British Raj. With Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala in the starring roles, it was also the last film to have its music composed by the legendary R. D. Burman. Burman received a Filmfare Award for Best Music Director and the film won a total of nine awards at the 40th Filmfare Awards.

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.


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. [8] 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 a commercial disaster, only making Rs. 60 lakh in its opening weekend. [10]

His latest film, Shikara is a Hindi language historical romance film released on 7 February 2020 marking his return to direction in India after 13 years. His last directorial feature film, Eklavya: The Royal Guard released in 2007.


2020 Shikara Producer, Director, Writer (co-writer with Rahul Pandita and Abhijat Joshi) [11]
2019 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Producer
2018 Sanju Producer
2016 Wazir Producer, writer, editor
2015 Broken Horses Producer, director, writer
2014 PK ProducerNominated - 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, lyricistNational 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, writerNational 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, writerNominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director

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

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director

1989 Parinda Producer, director, writerFilmfare 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

Book Writing

YearNameCo Writer(s)Notes
2021 Unscripted: Conversation on life and cinema Abhijat Joshi [12]

Awards and nominations

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

Stardust Awards

FICCI Awards

Zee Cine Awards

Tampere International Short Film Festival

Star Screen Awards

Personal life

He is married to Indian film critic, Anupama Chopra. [13] He has two children with her, a son, Agni and a daughter, Zuni Chopra. [14]

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