Ravi Baldev Raj Chopra was born to B. R. Chopra and Prakash Chopra, on 27th September, 1946.
His parents belonged to the group of Indians who crossed over to India as refugees. His father, after a stint as a journalist for a while, started his struggle as a filmmaker and within a matter of years made B. R. Films, one of the most prestigious banners in the film industry.
Ravi completed his education in Mumbai and thereafter joined his father as an assistant. he learnt the ropes on the job. He later had the opportunity to work with both his father and his uncle, Yash Chopra.
He made his debut as director in 1975, with the film 'Zameer', under the B.R. Films banner, with a then relatively unknown Amitabh Bachchan and a then reigning Saira Banu. However, the film was not successful at the box office.
He then made a Hollywood style action thriller called, 'The Burning Train' which again failed to make a mark. He continued working with his father and helped him during the making of 'Mahabharat', the epic television serial which has gone down in the history of Indian television.
He came back to films and made 'Bhaghban', a social family drama which belonged to a forgotten era of film making."Bhaghban' became a hit. Ravi thereafter made "Baabul', another family drama with a social message.
He is now assisted by his two sons, Abhay and Kapil, who have taken technical training in the West. The three of them together, aim to keep the fag of B. R. films flying high.