Rohit wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Chopra born on September 5, 1956 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India and studied direction at the Film and Television Institute of India.
He directed his first film “Murder at Monkey Hill” for his college FTII, which was nominated for national Awards. He rejected lucrative offers to direct films because he was dissatisfied with the scripts. Instead he went on to make a film that he believed in - a documentary for which he was paid $100; the 'short' went on to be nominated for the Oscars - An Encounter with Faces (1978), is a poignant film highlighting the plight of India's destitute children. Forced to film with limited resources, Vinod improvised. He even played a small role in the cult comedy “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” (1983) the role of Dushasana. He has since been involved with a number of critically acclaimed films including Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, the Munna Bhai films, Parineeta and the recently released film, Eklavya: The Royal Guard.He frequently works with the screenwriter Abhijat Joshi and filmmakers Rajkumar Hirani and Pradeep Sarkar. Parinda (1989) was the apogee of Vinod's art. Shot in a realistic style, uncommon for the time, the simple story of two brothers caught in the vicious web of urban gang violence was used as a springboard to explore urban reality's corrosive effects.Parinda's syntax, sensibility, and open ending influenced a generation of filmmakers. The harsh gunfire of the gangster epic was drowned out by the melodious music of Vinod's next film, 1942: A Love Story (1993). Inspired by Vinod's favorite compositions, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Fur Elise, the film explores the romantic relationship of its protagonists against the backdrop of the turbulent Indian independence movement. Through one powerful, moving film, Vinod was able to paint on celluloid a story with the sweep of a saga and the intimacy of a lyric, while restoring music's former glory to Hindi cinema. Vinod's success and reputation with music was enhanced by his next film, Kareeb, a fun filled love story. The film is a small gem, a carving on a piece of ivory. But it proved out to be a Box Office dud. Powerful music, realism, and social awareness come together in Vinod's next feature, Mission Kashmir (2000). A critical and commercial success, Mission Kashmir's effects were felt across the globe. This too could’nt create good enough business at the ticket counter. After Mission Kashmir, Vinod shifted his focus on encouraging new talent and went on to co-write and produce Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), Parineeta (2005) and Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). All three films set a mark and have launched the directors Rajkumar Hirani and Pradeep Sarkar as leading names of India Cinema. Vinod's latest release, 'Eklavya - The Royal Guard', a dramatic action-thriller, won critical acclaim from Indian and world press alike. L.A. Times claimed the film to be suggestive of 'a lost film by David Lean'. Eklavya was selected as the official entry for the Oscars from India.
In the coming year, Vinod will produce and direct his first English language feature, '64 Squares'. Also on the anvil are three more films which highlight his eclectic range. Ram Madhvani's 'Talismaan', India's first fantasy epic based on the path breaking & hugely successful Indian novel 'Chandrakanta'. Rajkumar Hirani's 'Munna Bhai Chale Amerika', the third of the immensely successful Munna Bhai series and yet to be titled film, a satire on India's educational system.