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Vidhu Vinod Chopra admits to being complicated and having few friends in Bollywood, where he says relationships are shallow and based on flattery. The media often portrays him as angry and arrogant. None of which makes him any less successful.

Fascinated by film from an early age, Chopra defied his parents to go to film school in Pune. There he learned to speak English, nearly failed the course, and made a documentary short, “An Encounter With Faces,” that was nominated for an Oscar. Success came with “Parinda” in 1989, which was India’s foreign-language Oscar nominee.

The big time arrived in 2000 with actioner “Mission Kashmir” which Chopra wrote, directed and produced, and 2003 buddy comedy “Munna Bhai MBBS.” That paired Chopra as writer-producer, with director Rajkumar Hirani, a winning team that scored global success with “3 Idiots” in 2009.

Having attempted to make worthy films that make good money, Chopra says that success came on his own, forthright terms. A recent foray into Hollywood, with “Broken Horses,” a thriller set against the backdrop of U.S.-Mexican gang wars, was less successful than his Indian efforts. He is married to film critic and former Variety writer Anupama Chopra.

Education

  • Film & Television Institute of India (India)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree

Philanthropy

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