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B. R. Chopra


Baldev Raj Chopra (22 April 1914 – 5 November 2008)[1] was a famous Indian director and producer of the Bollywood industry and television series. Best known for directing Hindi films like Naya Daur (1957), Sadhna (1958), Kanoon (1961), Gumrah (1963), Humraaz (1967), Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980), Nikaah (1982), Awam (1987), and the producer of TV series, Mahabharat in 1988. 


He was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema, for the year 1998, and Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award, in 2001.


His younger brother Yash Chopra, son Ravi Chopra and nephews Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar are also directors in the Bollywood industry. His nephew Uday Chopra is an actor and producer.


Chopra was born on 22 April 1914 in Rahon, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district (formerly Nawanshahr district) to Vilayati Raj Chopra, an employee of the PWD. He later shifted to Lahore. He was the second of several siblings; his youngest brother was filmmaker Yash Chopra.


Chopra received an M.A. in English literature from the University of the Punjab in Lahore. He started his career in 1944 as a film journalist with Cine Herald, a film-monthly published in Lahore, he later took over the magazine and ran it until 1947.


 In the same year, he launched a film with a story by I. S. Johar, Chandni Chowk. Naeem Hashmi was the hero of this movie and Erika Rukhshi was the heroine. Just as the production of the film was to start, riots broke out in Lahore and he and his family had to flee from the city.


 After the partition of India into India and Pakistan in 1947, he moved to Delhi. He later moved to Mumbai, where his first production, Karwat, began in 1948, though it turned out to be a flop. His first film as a director, Afsana, was released in 1951 and featured Ashok Kumar in a double role – the film was a hit and established his name in Bollywood.


 Chopra made Chandni Chowk, with Meena Kumari as a lead, in 1954. In 1955, Chopra formed his own production house, B.R Films. His first movie for this production house was Ek Hi Raasta which was highly successful. He followed it up with Naya Daur (1957) starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala Bali, the film became a golden jubilee hit. 


His subsequent releases like Kanoon, Gumrah, and Humraaz were major hits in the sixties. In 1963, he was a member of the jury at the 13th Berlin International Film Festival. His second film with actor Dilip Kumar was Dastaan which became a flop in 1972.


He directed successful films across genres after 1972, with films like the suspense thriller Dhund, the drama Karma (1977), the comedy film Pati Patni Aur Woh, the crime film Insaf Ka Tarazu, Muslim Social in Nikaah, and the political thriller Awam.


He was the producer for the films Dhool Ka Phool, Waqt, Aadmi Aur Insaan, and Ittefaq directed by his younger brother Yash Chopra, and he also produced The Burning Train, Aaj Ki Awaaz, Mazdoor, Baghbhan, Baabul, Bhoothnath which were directed by Ravi Chopra.

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