Baldev Raj Chopra biography

Baldev Raj Chopra


Birth nameBaldev Raj ChopraBaldev Raj Chopra
Born22 April 1914
Ludhiana, Punjab Province,British India
(now in Punjab, India)
Died5 November 2008 (aged 94)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
nicknamesB. R. Chopra
OccupationProducer, director
SiblingsYash chopraDharma chopra
childrenRavi chopra
Debut movie as dorectorAfsana, 1951


Baldev Raj Chopra known as B. R. Chopra was an Indian director and producer of Bollywood movies and television serials. He was known for Hindi films like Naya Daur (1957), Sadhna (1958), Dhool Ka Phool (1959),  Kanoon (1961), Gumrah (1963), Waqt (1965) and Humraaz (1967) and the TV Series, Mahabharat in the late 1980s.
He was born in Lahore, After graduating, he did his M.A. degree in English Literature from Lahore University. He began his celluloid career writing and editing film reviews for the Cine Herald journal. In 1949, he produced his first film Karwat (1949). His first film as a director, Afsana, was released in 1951 and featured Ashok Kumar becomes a hit. In 1955, B.R. formed his own production house, B.R Films and produced several hits. B.R. produced  television series Mahabharat, one of the most successful TV serials in Indian television history.
He died at the age of 94 on 2008,survived by his son, Ravi Chopra, and two daughters.


 National Film Awards

1960: Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Hindi – Kanoon
1961: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Hindi – Dharmputra 
1998: Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Filmfare Awards

1962: Filmfare Best Director Award: Kanoon
2003: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award

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