Prem Chopra

  • Actor, Voice

Sep 23, 1935  in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

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One of the most iconic villains of Bollywood cinema, Prem Chopra is an Indian actor who primarily appears in Hindi films. Immortalizing the dialogue `Prem Naam Hai Mera, Prem Chopra`, the actor whose career spans over five decades, has appeared in over 300 films. Having a passion for acting, Chopra landed in Mumbai in the early 1960s only to face rejection from film studios. To make ends meet, he started working with The Times of India but continued to keep knocking on the doors of the studios. However, it was a chance encounter with a stranger in the Mumbai local train that gave him his first opportunity. The actor went on to star in the movie Chaudhary Karnail Singh, which went on to become a box-office hit and even won a National Film Award. Even though Chopra achieved success with this maiden movie, he continued working with The Times of India and it was only in 1967 that he decided to take up acting as a career.

In 1964, he appeared in the psychological thriller Woh Kaun Thi, which went on to become a box-office hit. It was on the sets of Woh Kaun Thi that Prem Chopra met Manoj Kumar, who offered him a role in the movie Shaheed. Accepting Kumar`s offer, Chopra essayed one of his rare positive roles, in the movie Shaheed that released in 1965. However, Chopra`s journey that eventually made him the most celebrated villains of Indian cinema, began only after someone suggested to him that he should become a villain while he was shooting for the movie Main Shadi Karne Chala.

The year 1967 marked the arrival of Chopra who then dominated the Hindi film industry by essaying negative characters in movies such as Doli (1969), Bobby (1973), Souten (1983), Aag Ka Gola (1990), Aaj Ka Arjun (1990), Ghar Pariwar (1991), Khiladi (1992), and Raja Babu (1994). Some of his exceptional performances came with the movies Upkaar (1967), Kati Patang (1970), Jaadu Tona (1977), and Phool Baney Angaarey (1991). After 1995. Chopra only appeared in only a few films as a villain and was seen portraying positive characters. He has since then appeared in movies such as Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007), Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009), and Udanchoo (2015). His 2017 release includes the movie Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai directed by Keshav Panneriy and Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi directed by Sanjay Chhel. His 2019 releases include Rangeela Raja and Saahil - Zindagi Ni Shodh Ma.