Prem Chopra

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Prem Chopra (Devanagari: प्रेम चोपड़ा) is an actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. He has acted in over 400 films. He is famous for his soft spoken diction despite being a villain in most films.

Personal life and education

Chopra was born in a Hindu Punjabi Khatri family Lahore on 23 September 1935 to Ranbirlal and Rooprani Chopra. He was third of six children they had. After partition of India, his family moved to Shimla, India where he was brought up. His father desired that Prem be a doctor.He graduated from Punjab University.

He is 6'2" in height.

Chopra married sister of wife of late Bollywood showman Raj Kapoor, and they have three daughters: Rakita, Punita and Prerana. Punita is married to actor, Vikas Bhalla, while Prerana Chopra is married to actor, Sharman Joshi.


Chopra joined the newspaper The Times of India in Mumbai in the late 1950s. He kept trying to get a break in films, and in 1962 got a Punjabi film Chaudhary Karnail Singh. The film won a National Award and got Prem noticed.

Among his early films he played Sukhdev in Shaheed, one of his rare positive leading roles. After Teesri Manzil and Upkaar, he was flooded with films as a villain. After Upkaar in 1967, he left The Times of India.

He has ever since been a leading villain in Hindi films. The dialogue " Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra" (My name is...
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