Vidhu Vinod Chopra
:ਵਿਧੁ ਵਿਨੋਦ ਚੋਪਰਾ, Hindi
:विधु विनोद चोपड़ा) (born on 5 September 1956) is an Indian
director and producer. Chopra is the head of his own company, Vinod Chopra Productions
, and is particularly known for producing the Munna Bhai
films (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
and Lage Raho Munna Bhai
) and 3 Idiots
Born in a Punjabi
family of Kashmir
, he grew up in Srinagar
. His father was D. N. Chopra and veteran filmmaker Ramanand Sagar was his half-brother. His love of Hindi cinema and support of his family encouraged him to study film direction. Since there was no college for film-related courses in North India, he went to Pune and studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India
. Chopra could not speak English and is, by his own confession, self-taught by watching numerous Hollywood films.
Chopra's first student short,
, won the National Film Award
for Best Short Experimental Film and the Guru Dutt Memorial Award for Best Student Film.
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.
His first feature film, shot in black-and-white, was Sazaa-E-Maut
) – a thriller made on a shoestring budget with then-unknown actor Naseeruddin Shah
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