Ravi Chopra: 1946- 2014
The B. R. Films banner lost its illustrious leader after producer-director Ravi Chopra, who was suffering from a lung ailment for a long time, finally succumbed to his illness on November 12 at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital. The 68-year-old film-maker is survived by his wife Renu and sons, Abhay and Kapil.Yash Chopra’s sons Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra are his cousins.
Chopra will be remembered for first bringing the epic Mahabharat into every home about two decades back. The mythological show which ran from 1988-1990 on Doordarshan, established him as a competent director and is still lauded by the Indian audience.
While his illustrious film-maker father, late B.R.Chopra and uncle, late Yash Chopra have some brilliant films to their credit, Ravi started his career as an assistant to his uncle in 1969 with the Rajesh Khanna-Nanda thriller Ittefaq. He made his directorial debut in 1975 with the drama Zameer, and followed it up with films like The Burning Train, Mazdoor, Aaj Ki Awaaz, Baabul and Baghban, to name a few.
Chopra has worked with the most talented actors, ranging from Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, Rani Mukerji, Salman Khan and many others. Even when his father was around and ailing, Chopra kept up his attempts to keep the home banner flying high.
Bhoothnath Returns, the sequel to his hit production venture Bhoothnath was his last release. His upcoming film titled Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai which has been directed by him is yet to release.
Though he was unwell for a long time, the news of Ravi Chopra’s demise came as a shock to the industry folks and his friends. While many were seen making their way to his residence to pay their heart-felt condolences, some went to the crematory to offer their last respects to the departed soul.
Industry stalwarts remember Ravi Chopra
“Ravi Chopra, my dear friend and director and producer passed away suddenly today… Filled with grief and sorrow, and unable to find words that could possibly describe what I go through, it is difficult to imagine those days spent together… What does one write on such occasions. Silence is the best condolence… My love.”
— Amitabh Bachchan on his blog
Bid adieu to our dear Ravi Chopra! So much energy reverberated through the memories of his kindness that people were sharing.
One of the nicest, kindest n big hearted soul in the film industry passed away today.. Ravi Chopra … May you rest in peace.
Saddened to hear about demise of Ravi Chopra-ji. Apart from being a fine filmmaker, he was also a very nice human being. Rest in Peace, Sir.
RIP Ravi Chopra – always had a smile on his face and warmth in his heart. Will miss you sir. Condolences to the family.
Ravi Chopra.. A gentleman and a great human being.. My heartfelt condolences to the family… May his soul RIP
Smriti Z Irani
Just heard about the sad demise of Ravi Chopra. Was blessed to work with him. A lovely soul. My condolences to his loved ones.
In memory of Ravi Chopra
A multitude of stars, both yesteryear and Gen-Next personalities from the film fraternity attended the late film-maker’s prayer meeting at Worli on November 15 to pay their condolences. Right from Jaya Bachchan to Imran Khan, most celebrated actors showed their solidarity by coming in large numbers. Even those who had never worked with the director-producer were present.
‘He gave his actors complete freedom’
I didn’t get a chance to meet Ravi Chopra during the making of Bhootnath Returns as he was unwell. Whatever suggestions he had to make were communicated through his wife Renuji. However, I’d worked with him earlier when he directed a commercial for me. During this span of time, we were together in Singapore for a few days. He was such a down-to-earth and humble person, considering he came from the famous Chopra clan. He was very friendly and open to suggestions from the team. He would take us out for lunch and shopping. I am still friends with both his sons Kapil and Abhay and hope to make another film with them someday.
— Nitesh Tiwari
Ravi Chopra was one of the finest human beings I have worked with. As a director, he gave his actors complete freedom and made them very comfortable. I was very fortunate to have worked with him and got to learn a lot from him which I now follow as a film-maker. I would not like to mourn this person who was so jovial, full of life and ever-smiling. I just wish he rests in eternal peace.
— Nitish Bharadwaj
(Mahabharat, Vishnupuran and Ramayan – Actor)