The Hindi film industry – a place where everybody is a dreamer, the aspirants hope, desire and persevere till they get what they aim for, however long it may take. Seldom do we see a struggler from outside a family legacy of filmmaking, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is one such director-producer, who had a dream and his great film-making capability has given us some memorable films to watch more than once.
Films are parallel lives or alter-egos for some passionate audiences. A well-made film, whichever the genre, always becomes a friend and confidante for a film-lover.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s first film was ‘Murder At Monkey Hill’, that won him the ‘National Film Award for Best Short Experimental Film’ and the ‘Guru Dutt Memorial Award’ for Best Student Film. This was followed by a short documentary highlighting the plight of India’s destitute children, called ‘An Encounter with Faces’, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category in 1979.
All his films have by far been different yet a great watch. From his short films to feature films like ‘Khamosh’, ‘Parinda’, ‘1942 A Love Story’, ‘Parineeta’, ‘Munnabhai series’ and more recently ‘3 Idiots’, we see creativity flow beautifully in all of the films.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better."
I quite agree.
A peek at the pictures from Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Film Festival organized in association with PVR Cinemas throughout India which saw the glitterati and paparazzi in tandem with each other.
The face of a real Indian woman: Vidya Balan
The crew of ‘Parineeta‘: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Pradeep Sarkar, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen with the others
Sister Act: Vidya Balan with Raima Sen
Father Figure? Boman Irani with Dia Mirza
Creativity needs no age: Director Pradeep Sarkar with Vidya Balan
Perhaps a Parineeta Part 2: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Vidya Balan and Raima Sen
Munnabhai Aur Circuit: Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi
The cast & crew of Parineeta (2005)
Mera Naam Hai Lakhan: Anil Kapoor
The Ram-Lakhan of B-Town: Jackie Shroff & Anil Kapoor
Silence is Golden: Amol Palekar and Shabana Azmi – Starcast of "Khamosh"
Voltage (Circuit) Low?
Raju-Baba: Rajkumar Hirani and Sanjay Dutt
Lage Raho Munnabhai aur unke kayi saathi
A smile that shone through to many hearts: Diya Mirza
Exchanging pleasantries: Vidhu Vinod Chopra with Raima Sen
Why the furrow on the eyebrow?
Cast (sans Vidya Balan)& Crew of ‘Lage Rago Munnabhai’
Friends Are Forever
‘Idiot’ Number 2: Sharman Joshi
The ‘Forgotten Heroine': Manisha Koirala
Sarees are indeed a safe choice for these divas
Those days are back again: Stars of ‘1942 A Love Story’
Sanjay and Manyata Dutt
Creative Head? Anupam Kher, from acting to writing
Best Friends Forever: Vidhu Vinod Chopra with pal Danny Denzongpa
Amole Gupte and wife, Deepa Bhatia
Smile into the camera please…
Music is a part of life: Kavita and L. Subramaniam
The timeless Duryodhana: Puneet Issar
The Alliance with the owners of Reliance: The Ambanis with VVC and Anil Kapoor
A Film Fest and a Political Get-Together: Senior BJP official L.K. Advani
The director who thinks differently: Anurag Kashyap
Anu Malik, Sharman Joshi and VVC
In Conversation to the Press
Hum Saath Saath Hain: Rajkumar Hirani and VVC
Brilliant performer on stage, but what’s the deal with the mismatched clothes?
Imtiaz Ali and VVC
Hey Good-looker: Imtiaz Ali
The man of a thousand words: Javed Akhtar
Big B graced the final day of the film fest
Click! Click! Everywhere
A kid excitedly getting an autograph signed by Mr. Bachchan
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