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Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Writer / Producer / Director

Vidhu Vinod Chopra was born in Kashmir and studied film making at the Film & Television Institute, Pune. His first documentary, An Encounter With Faces, highlighted the plight of India's destitute children. It was nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category in 1978.

Since then, Vinod has directed films like Khamosh, Parinda, 1942 – A Love Story, Mission Kashmir and Eklavya – The Royal Guard. Of these, Parinda and Eklavya – The Royal Guard were nominated as India's official entries to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category in 1989 and 2007 respectively.

After the success of Mission Kashmir, Vinod decided to produce films and encourage new directorial talent. The result: 3 idiots, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Munna Bhai MBBS with Rajkumar Hirani, Parineeta with Pradeep Sarkar and Ferrari Ki Sawaari with Rajesh Mapuskar. Each a critically acclaimed film and a box-office success.

Vinod's last release as a director was Eklavya – The Royal Guard. The dramatic action – thriller won worldwide critical acclaim. The LA Times called it suggestive of 'a lost film by David Lean'.

Vinod made his English language directorial debut with Broken Horses, an epic thriller set in the shadows of the US-Mexico gang wars; a story about bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty and the futility of violence. Vinod's team on Broken Horses includes Oscar®-nominated Tom Stern (The Hunger Games Changeling, and Million Dollar Baby) as the Director of Photography, Toby Corbett (Crossing Over, Bad Lieutenant) as Production Designer, Emmy-nominated Mary Vogt (Men In Black 3, Batman Returns) as Costume Designer and Todd E. Miller (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic) as Editor.

Up next is the thriller Wazir written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi. It is directed by Bejoy Nambiar. It stars Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in lead roles, along with Aditi Rao Hydari, Neil Nitin Mukesh and John Abraham in a special appearance. This is the first time after Parinda that Vinod has edited a film. He has also composed two songs in the film “Tere Bin” and “Maula” – the latter with Swanand Kirkire. Wazir will release worldwide on January 8, 2016.
 

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