Prem Chopra

  • Birthday: 23. September 1935
  • Birthplace: Lahore, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan)
  • Awards: 1976 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Do Anjaane, 2004 - Legend of Indian Cinema Award at Atlantic City [14]

Biography

Prem Chopra is an actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. Prem Chopra was born to a Hindu Punjabi family in Lahore on 23 September 1935 to Ranbirlal and Rooprani Chopra. He was third of six children.His father worked at the attorney-general's office. He was brought up in Shimla. His father wanted him to be a IAS officer but Chopra pursued performing arts in College and graduated in arts from Punjab University. Shimla had a strong theater movement in the period 1957-1961 and Chopra reveled in it. He watched a lot of Hindi and English movies and, after graduation, came to Bombay in the early 1960's and joined the Times of India's circulation department due to his art's degree. Simultaneously, he kept visiting studios and tried to get a break in films.

He kept trying to get a break in films. Prem Chopra made his debut in Bollywood with the Bharat Bhushan-starer Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh in 1960, which didn't do well. In 1960 he got a Punjabi film Chaudhary Karnail Singh , the film won a National Award and got Prem noticed.But he didn't have much hit Hindi films till 1964 with exception of his debut Punjabi film Karnail Singh and Sapni.

Next in 1964 he played Sukhdev in Shaheed, one of his rare positive leading roles which became hit.His performances from 1965-67 in hit films like Sikandar E Azam ,Nishan,Kunwari,Teesri Manzil ,Mera Saaya and Upkar showcased his versatility. After Teesri Manzil and Upkaar he was flooded with films as a villain. Prem Chopra continued working with TOI, when already he was part of box-office hits like Nishan,Sikandar E Azam in 1965 and Sagaai, Mera Saaya in 1966. After Upkaar in 1967 he left The Times of India. As a villain, he gained fame all round India when he acted with Superstar Rajesh Khanna in Do Raaste. The duo of Rajesh-Prem worked in 19 films from 1969 till Ghar Parivaar in 1991.In the critically acclaimed comedy film Hulchul (1971), played the lead hero in this suspense thriller and was not a villain and Prem was leading man in Kunwari(1966), Samaj Ko Badal Dalo(1970). Prem Chopra played the main lead in 1970 box-office hit small budget comedy film Samaj Ko Badal Dalo as lead hero and was paired opposite Tamil actresses Kanchana and Shardha. The song sung by Rafi and pictured on Prem Chopra -Tum Apni Saheli Ko Itna Bata Do Ki Usse Koi Pyar Karne Laga Hai from this 1970 film continues to be popular. His peak period in Hindi films as a villain has been from 1967 to 1991. After 1999, he appeared as a villain in very few films. He took up positive character roles from 1999 and started getting more positive roles from 2005.His screen space got reduced in the films after 2005.

Chopra regards his best roles and costumes were in Shaheed (1965), Sikander-e-Azam (1965), Kunwari (1966), Upkaar (1967),Do Raaste (1969), Purab Aur Pachhim(1970), Kati Patang (1970), Keemat(1973), Ajanabee(1974),Prem Nagar(1974), Kaala Sona (1975), Mehbooba(1976), Do Anjaane (1976),Jaadu Tona (1977), Tyaag (1977), Dostana (1980), Kranti (1981), Souten, Oonche Log (1985), Phool Bane Angaarey (1991), Bewaffa Se Waffa(1992). Prem played positive roles with large screen space in few films in 60's to 90's like in Shaheed, Kuwari, Samaj Ko Badal Dalo, Hulchul, Jadu Tona, Prem Pratigya.Later after 1999 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Koi Mil Gaya, Bunty aur Bubli, Virrudh, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Dhamaal, Rocket Singh, Delhi 6, Daddy Cool.had him in positive roles.

He has ever since 1967 been a leading villain in Hindi films. The dialogs "My name is Prem, Prem Chopra" from the film Bobby and from the film Souten "Mai wo bala hu jo sheshay se pathar ko todtee hai" which closely translates to "I am that trouble which crushes stones with glass" are immensely popular.

Prem Chopra married Uma, who is the younger sister of Krishna Kapoor, Prem- nath and Rajendranath in 1969 and they have three daughters: Rakita, Punita and Prerana.


Movies

1989 - Aag Ka Gola
Aaj Ka Goonda Raj
1967 - Aamne Samne
1980 - Aanchal
1994 - Aao Pyaar Karen
1971 - Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee
1981 - Aas Paas
1993 - Aasoo Bane Angaarey
1977 - Adha Din Adhi Raat
1974 - Ajnabee - 1974
1980 - Alibaba Aur 40 Chor
1983 - Andha Kanoon
1969 - Anjaana
1972 - Apradh
1985 - Arjun
1986 - Avinash
1984 - Awaaz
1978 - Azaad
1976 - Bairaag
1976 - Barood
1972 - Be-Imaan
1994 - Betaaj Badshah
1985 - Bhavani Junction
1973 - Bobby
1985 - Bond 303
1988 - Charnon Ki Saugandh
1994 - Cheetah
1973 - Chhupa Rustam
Clerk
1973 - Daag: A Poem of Love
Daata
1977 - Darling Darling
1972 - Dastaan
1978 - Des Pardes
1980 - Dhan Daulat
1978 - Dil Aur Deewar
1977 - Dildaar
1986 - Dilwaala
1976 - Do Anjaane
1982 - Do Dishayen
1975 - Do Jasoos
1975 - Do Jhoot
1978 - Do Musafir
1969 - Do Raaste
1980 - Dostana
1962 - Dr. Vidya
1977 - Dream Girl
1968 - Duniya
1981 - Ek Aur Ek Gyarah
1973 - Gehri Chaal
1992 - Ghar Jamai
1991 - Ghar Parivar
Gopalaa
1972 - Gora Aur Kala
Gunahon Ka Faisla
1985 - Haqeeqat - 1985
1971 - Hare Rama Hare Krishna
1970 - Himmat
Hiraasat
1987 - Hukumat
1971 - Hulchul
1960 - Hum Hindustani
1977 - Immaan Dharam
1987 - Insaf Ki Pukar
1988 - Inteqam
1992 - Jaagruti
1977 - Jadu Tona
2015 - Jawab
1973 - Jheel Ke Us Paar
1979 - Jhoota Kahin Ka
1968 - Jhuk Gaya Aasman
1973 - Jugnu
1979 - Kaala Patthar
1975 - Kala Sona
2016 - Kali Basti
1990 - Kali Ganga
Kalyug Aur Ramayan
1977 - Kasum Khoon Ki
1971 - Kati Patang
1973 - Keemat
1992 - Khel
1992 - Khiladi
1982 - Khud-Daar
1981 - Kranti
1981 - Kranti
1993 - Kshatriya
1976 - Lagaaam
1980 - Lootmaar
1976 - Maha Chor
1987 - Majaal
1984 - Maqsad
1985 - Mard
1987 - Mard Ki Zabaan
1976 - Mehbooba
1966 - Mera Saaya
Mera Shikar
1992 - Mere Sajana Saath Nibhana
1973 - Nafrat
1986 - Nagina
1981 - Naseeb
1981 - Naseeb
1965 - Nishan
1985 - Oonche Log
1973 - Paanch Dushman
1977 - Paapi
1970 - Pagla Kahin Ka
1978 - Phandebaaz
1993 - Phool Aur Angaar
1990 - Police Public
1965 - Poonam Ki Raat
1992 - Prem Deewane
1970 - Prem Pujari
1970 - Purab Aur Paschim
1975 - Raaja - 1975
1972 - Raaste Kaa Patthar
1972 - Raja Jani
1980 - Ram Balram
1980 - Saboot
1988 - Sagar Sangam
1970 - Samaj Ko Badal Dalo
1993 - Santaan
1975 - Sanyasi
1985 - Sarfarosh
1982 - Sawaal
1965 - Shaheed
1988 - Shahenshah
1986 - Shatru
1966 - Teesri Manzil
1984 - Teri Baahon Mein
1979 - The Great Gambler
1978 - Trishul
1977 - Tyaag
1967 - Upkar
1974 - Vachan - 1974
1992 - Virodhi
1969 - Waris
1987 - Watan Ke Rakhwale
1964 - Woh Kaun Thi?
1970 - Yaadgaar
1986 - swarag se sunder