Producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra was born on 5th September, 1952 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. After attending the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, he made his directorial debut with the short film Murder At Monkey Hill in 1976. This won him the National Award, an honor given by the Government of India. Two years later, in 1978, he made a short documentary film called An Encounter with Faces, which was nominated for the Academy Awards in 1979. This poignant documentary highlighting the plight of India’s destitute children also won the Grand Prix at the Tampere International Short Film Festival (1980). Chopra then went on to make his first mainstream Hindi-language film called Sazaaye Maut (Death Row) in 1981 (this was based on Murder at Monkey Hill). Later movies directed by him like Khamosh, Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Kareeb, and Mission Kashmir were hailed by critics and audiences alike ( all can be hyperlinks). Moving away from direction in 2003, he wrote his first script and also made his first solo production under his company, Vinod Chopra Films, with Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. The movie, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, went on to become one of the most popular and successful films in Indian cinema. The second movie in the Munna Bhai series, Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) propagated Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolence principles and portrayed them in a new light. The ‘Gandhisim’ wave that spread across India, post the release of the movie was unprecedented. Chopra also wrote and produced the film Parineeta (2005) with another newcomer director, Pradeep Sarkar. It received critical and popular acclaim. After a hiatus of seven years, Chopra took up the director’s baton yet again with the dramatic action-thriller Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007). 3 Idiots (2009), another Vinod Chopra Films production directed by Rajkumar Hirani, remained India’s #1 biggest worldwide box office performer until 2017, and it grossed more than $100 million. It was the first film in India to do so. It went on to win many awards, including Best Film at the Filmfare Awards. It also found popular appeal in markets like Taiwan and Korea. After the success of 3 idiots, Vinod Chopra worked with another new director, Rajesh Mapuskar, and co-wrote the film Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012). The film was successful at the box-office and was lauded by the audience for its beautiful message. In 2014, he produced PK, another film directed by his longtime collaborator Rajkumar Hirani. Vinod Chopra made his Hollywood directorial debut with his film Broken Horses in 2015. This film was co-produced by the American company, Mandeville Films. He went on to produce several other films, including Wazir (2016), Sanju (2018), and Ek Ladki Koh Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2018). His production company, Vinod Chopra Films is one of the leading film production houses in India.
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