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Producer - Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra made his directorial debut with Murder At Monkey Hill in 1976 that won him the National Award, which is the top honor given by the Government of India. Two years later, in 1978, this young FTII (Film & Television Institute of India) graduate made a documentary film called An Encounter with Faces, which was nominated for the Academy Awards in 1979. The poignant documentary highlighting the plight of India's destitute children, also won the Grand Prix at the Tampere International Short Film Festival. While critical praise and recognition came to him with these early works, Chopra then went on to make his first mainstream Hindi film called Sazaaye Maut (Death Row) in 1981. Critical and popular acclaim is hard to come by simultaneously, Chopra is one producer - director who has perfected the art and his body of work is testimony to this. Movies like Khamosh, Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Kareeb and Mission Kashmir, which were directed by Chopra, were hailed by critics and audiences alike - thus bridging the gap between critical and popular cinema. The year 2003 was a year of firsts for Chopra. Moving away from direction, he wrote his first script, handed over the directorial reigns to a débutant and also made his first solo production under his banner with Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. The movie, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, went on to become one of the most popular films Indian cinema has ever seen. So impressed was the West by this movie that leading Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox acquired the rights of the film's screenplay from Chopra and will be adapting it into an English film. The second movie in the Munna Bhai series, Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) propagated Mahatma Gandhi's principles and portrayed them in a new light. The 'Gandhisim' wave that spread across India, post the release of the movie was unprecedented. Also in the pipeline is the third installment in the series called Munna Bhai Chale Delhi. Munna Bhai is the first ever successful Indian movie franchise. A firm believer in encouraging talent, Chopra also wrote and produced another débutant director's film

  • Parineeta. Directed by ad-man Pradeep Sarkar, the movie went on to
receive critical and popular acclaim and awards galore. After a hiatus of seven years, Chopra took up the director's baton yet again with the dramatic action-thriller Eklavya: The Royal Guard. The movie won critical acclaim from the Indian and world press alike. 'A lost film by David Lean' is what L.A. Times touted it as.. Vinod Chopra Films has won national and international recognition for several of its films. 3 idiots, another Vinod Chopra Films production, has become India's biggest worldwide box office performer in history, grossing more than $100 million. Apart from the traditional market for Indian films, 3 idiots has done historic business even in non-traditional secondary markets, such as Taiwan and Korea, where the universality of the film's message has become a rage with the local audiences. After the success of 3 idiots, Vinod Chopra decided to back yet another débutant director, Rajesh Mapuskar and co-wrote Vinod Chopra Films' latest release, Ferrari Ki Sawaari with him. The film was successful at the Box-Office and was lauded by the audiences for it's beautiful message. Forthcoming films from Vinod Chopra Films include the next installment in the Munna Bhai series to be directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and Chithiyaan (Letters), a classic young love story to be directed by Tanuja Chandra. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has completed shooting the banner's first mainstream English language feature, Broken Horses, in December 2012 and the film is currently in post-production in LA. Vinod Chopra Films is one of the leading film production houses in India. Some of the best talent in the Indian film industry has either been launched or has worked with Vinod Chopra Films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mustafa Neemuchwala

Trivia (11)

Wife Anupama is the sister of writer Vikram Chandra.
Uncle of actor Abhay Chopra. Abhay later became a director using the name Vikram Chopra (Fight Club).
Director Tanuja Chandra is his wife Anupama's sister.
Former wife is director Shabnam Sukhdev. She is the daughter of director S. Sukhdev.
Daughter named Ishaa. Ishaa now teaches dance. Ishaa' s mother is Shabnam Sukhdev. Shabnam Sukhdev has written a autobiography titled " The Story That Brought Me Here: To Alberta From Everywhere ".
Daughter named Zuni Chopra who is a author of a children's book. She wrote the book as a child. Zuni's mother is Anupama.
Son in law of writer Kamna Chandra.
In 2003, Vidhu was going to produce a film titled " Raat Din Aur Subah" Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Directed by Ram Madhvani. The film was going to be about 24 hours between a man and woman who are strangers. They meet in the morning and by night she is dead. The film got shelved.
Daughter Ishaa owns Danza De La Liga (DDLL), Pune's premier dance company .She studied dance Latin salsa dancing in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. She specializes in Kathak/Odissi/Latin Ballroom Performing Artist,.
Son named Agni Dev.
Former brother in law name is Col H.L. Saluja.

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