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Bollywood's one-man Pro - a vanishing breed

1 December 2008 12:33 AM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, Who coined the term "showman" for Raj Kapoor, the term that stayed forever prefixed to his name, or "superstar" that went on to define not just Rajesh Khanna but many others after him, or "dreamgirl" for Hema Malini? It was the humble public relations officer (Pro) - the much loved and envied Bollywood institution - who knew how to pitch his client into the front page, who liaised with the filmmaker and was so powerful that sometimes even gave inputs in 'story sessions'.The gargantuan growth of Bollywood in recent times has not only changed the face of the industry but also meant the end of the PROs as legendary filmmakers like Raj Kapoor or B.R. Chopra knew them. They do exist, but as faceless entities called 'vice president, communication' . They have »

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Abhishek Bachchan falls ill in Kerala, Amitabh worried

7 November 2008 1:54 AM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

New Delhi, Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, who is currently shooting with wife Aishwarya in Kerala for Mani Ratnam's “Raavan”, has fallen ill, revealed father Amitabh. Amitabh wrote on his blog that the morning of Wednesday was very eventful for him.“As I step out of bed in the early hours of today (Wednesday), Obama wins, B.R. Chopra passes away and Aishwarya calls that Abhishek is down with shivering and high fever. All three events come across simultaneously within seconds,” Amitabh wrote on his blog late Wednesday.The actor was squashed between repeated attempts to check up on Abhishek's health and between “intrusions of the media seeking reactions to Chopra 'saheb'”.“I want to get through to »

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Amitabh Bachchan remembers B.R. Chopra for his humanism

7 November 2008 12:46 AM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, (Ians) Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan remembers legendary filmmaker B.R. Chopra as a firm believer in aesthetics whose films highlighted issues of social and moral conflict. "He was a pillar of the industry. We've lost a stalwart. The core of humanism and social relevance remained with Chopra saab till the end," Big B told Ians from Udaipur where he's currently resting."Chopra saab and I go back a long way. I've worked for many years with him. When Chopra saab's son Ravi started his career as a director with 'Zameer', I played the lead in it," he added. Chopra died here Wednesday after a prolonged illness. The winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was 94.Amitabh says that his films and television series revealed a novel approach to »

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B.R. Chopra cremated, Bollywood bids adieu to legendary director

6 November 2008 12:12 AM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, B.R. Chopra, who died at the age of 94, was cremated here Wednesday evening and Bollywood veterans like Dilip Kumar, writer Salim Khan and filmmaker Ramesh Sippy were present to bid adieu to the legendary filmmaker. Chopra's son Ravi Chopra lit the funeral pyre at the Vile Parle Hindu Crematorium in northwest Mumbai as many senior members of the film fraternity looked on. Scriptwriter Salim Khan was one of the early mourners to arrive at the cremation site. He described the late director as "the last of the filmmakers who dared to make movies irrespective of their box-office prospects"."He was a respectable filmmaker who chose his subjects carefully to enlighten the viewers first and then to provide them entertainment and he blended the both »

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B.R. Chopra was attentive to even spot boys: Dilip Kumar

6 November 2008 12:06 AM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, Legendary filmmaker B.R. Chopra, who died here Wednesday following prolonged illness, was "warm and affectionate" and remained accessible as well as attentive to everyone - including spot boys, says Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar. “All of Chopra Sahab’s films reflected the refinement that his fine academic background gave and the sensitivity that an eventful life gifted him with,” Dilip Kumar said in a statement issued here.The legendary actor described Chopra as “more a friend than a producer or director when we worked on the films which brought us together".Chopra died at 8.15 a.m. Wednesday at his residence in suburban Juhu. He was 94. Dilip Kumar said Chopra was always open to discussions and he spelt out the nuances of the story, »

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B.R. Chopra - master of socially relevant filmmaking

5 November 2008 4:12 PM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, He's the man who gave us "Naya Daur" in the 1950s that dealt with the conflict between man and machine as well as the kitschy "Mahabharat" in the 1980s that brought the epic alive on the small screen. Baldev Raj Chopra, the iconoclast filmmaker, managed to successfully strike a balance between socially relevant and commercial cinema. Chopra, who crossed over from Lahore to New Delhi during partition, viewed filmmaking as a mission to highlight social issues and not as a money-making enterprise. The 18 movies that he directed and 28 that he produced from 1951 to 1992 bear testimony to that.Born in Punjab's Ludhiana town in 1914, Chopra initially worked as a film journalist.After obtaining his Masters degree in English Literature from the Lahore »

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Bollywood Filmmaker Dies

5 November 2008 4:17 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary Bollywood filmmaker B.R. Chopra has died at the age of 94.

The veteran director, who had been ill for some time, passed away on Wednesday at his home in suburban Mumbai, his family has confirmed.

Chopra made a name for himself with a string of classic movies in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Gumrah and Naya Daur, starring Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar.

He later went on to produce the hugely popular Asian TV series Mahabharata. »

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Legendary filmmaker B.R. Chopra dead

5 November 2008 3:20 AM, PST | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Mumbai, Legendary filmmaker B.R. Chopra died here Wednesday after a prolonged illness. The winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was 95. His son, producer-director Ravi Chopra, said he had lost not only his father but his guru."I have lost not only my father, but my guru. The Chopra family has lost a virtual patriarch and the film industry a conscientious filmmaker," Ravi Chopra told Ians.B.R. Chopra died at 8.15 a.m. at his residence in suburban Juhu. He had made successful films like "Naya Daur", "Gumrah", "Humraaz", "Dhundh", "Insaaf ka Tarazoo" and "Nikah".Besides Ravi Chopra, the filmmaker is survived by his two daughters Shashi and Neena. His funeral will be held at 4.30 p.m. Wednesday. »

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Filmmaker B. R. Chopra passes away

5 November 2008 2:46 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Blessed was the day when he embraced the silver screen By portraying life which the human race always seen B.R.Chopra was the name of that gentle soul Who helped many a star score millions of goal! For all those who think that it's a typing mistake that we have addressed the legendary as 'was' instead of 'is', then, it only means that you still have not been hit by the tornado of the news which has not only shook us but every film lover. The news was that Baldev Raj Chopra aka B.R.Chopra (the elder brother of Yash Chopra and father of Ravi Chopra), one of the famous names who were instrumental in giving Bollywood its identity, is no more amongst us, after he lost his battle to the illness, which was ailing him since long. The 95 year old doyen breathed his last today morning at »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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