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Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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Punjabi, Kashmiri

Film director

Chopra-Johar family

Anupama Chopra (m. 1990)


D. N. Chopra

Vidhu Chopra

Ramanand Sagar

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5 September 1952 (age 71) (
Jammu and Kashmir

Notable work
Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.,Lage Raho Munna Bhai", 3 Idiots , PK

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Broken Horses, PK, 3 Idiots, Parinda, Munna Bhai MBBS

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Rajkumar Hirani, Anupama Chopra, Abhijat Joshi, Boman Irani, Ramanand Sagar

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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.


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Early life

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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.


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

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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.

Three Commandments

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:

  1. You will entertain.
  2. You will not sell your soul when you entertain.
  3. 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.

Favourite Films

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:

  • Breathless
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Cloud-Capped Star
  • The Emperor of the Mughals
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Mother India
  • Pather Panchali
  • Pyaasa
  • Rashomon
  • Awards and nominations

    Vidhu Vinod Chopra has received one nomination at the Academy Awards, six National Film Awards (India), and five awards from fourteen nominations at the Filmfare Awards.

    IIFA Awards

  • 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
  • Stardust Awards

  • 2009: Winner, Readers' Choice Award for 3 Idiots
  • FICCI Awards

  • 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
  • References

    Vidhu Vinod Chopra Wikipedia

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