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Ravi Chopra


Ravi Chopra (27 September 1946 – 12 November 2014) was an Indian filmmaker, best known for directing the television show Mahabharat (1988–1990).


Chopra was the son of producer and director B.R. Chopra and nephew of Yash Chopra. Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra are his cousins.


Ravi with his father B.R. Chopra (left) and uncle Yash Chopra in 2008 on the re-release of the 1957 film Naya Daur in Mumbai.


He was married to Renu since 1975, they have two children together.


On 23 October 2012, he was diagnosed with a severe lung ailment and was discharged from Breach Candy Hospital after a week. "He was discharged from hospital on October 26," hospital sources said, without going into details. He was being treated for lung cancer at CMC Vellore. 


Chopra died on 12 November 2014 at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai where he had been admitted a few days earlier for a lung ailment. He was 68 years old and survived by his wife and two children.



Chopra started his career assisting his father B.R. Chopra in films like, Dastaan (1972) and Dhund (1973). He also assisted his uncle Yash Chopra in Ittefaq (1969). 


Eventually, he made his independent directorial debut with Zameer (1975), produced under the family banner, B. R. Films. In 1980, he directed the ensemble disaster film The Burning Train, which over the years is considered a cult classic.


 Other films he directed included Mazdoor (1983), Aaj Ki Awaaz, Dehleez (1986), Pratigyabadh, and Kal Ki Awaz (1992). Then he, along with his father, directed the TV series Mahabharat (1988–89).


Since 2006, the only movie Ravi produced after his father's death was Bhoothnath (2008).