Bollywood’s weakness for foreign locales gets the ultimate French twist in “Befikre,” a Paris-set contemporary romance that asks the age-old question: Can casual sex between friends ever really be separated from love? Director-scripter Aditya Chopra’s first film without Shah Rukh Khan aims so hard to be in tune with current mores – kisses and rumpled bed sheets are as common as papadums at an Indian street fair – that it screams “today!” in every scene, yet the energy level is kept...
Aditya Chopra is an enigmatic and influential figure in the Indian media industry that refuses to be voluntarily photographed and yet is responsible for content that influences millions. As a producer, Chopra has the deciding word in the greenlighting process, and this has held true for the 60 odd projects that he has produced.
This personal touch has resulted in some of the biggest hits in the history of Indian cinema including “Sultan,” “Dhoom 3” and “Ek Tha Tiger.” Chopra has kept the family-owned company closely held, thus avoiding the risks of corporatization that has seen some Indian studios cease operations. Major upcoming releases include “Thugs of Hindostan” and “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
The television unit that Chopra began in 2010 never really found its feet and subsided quietly. However, his youth-facing Y-Films has been a major success on YouTube with series like “Love Shots” and “Bang Baajaa Baaraat.”
Chopra also has an unerring eye for spotting new acting talent and is responsible for introducing Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Arjun Kapoor, who are well-established Bollywood stars today.
Chopra debuted as director with “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” in 1995, an enormous box office success that has been playing in a Mumbai cinema for 21 consecutive years, and has been a huge influence on a generation of filmmakers. He made a comeback as director eight years after 2008’s “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,” in 2016 with “Befikre,” a modern rom-com that is the antithesis to the traditional romance of “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.”