Prem Chopra life and biography

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Prem Chopra biography

Date of birth : 1935-09-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Lahore, British India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-08
Credited as : Actor, Hindi cinema, Punjabi films

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Prem Chopra is an actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. He has acted in over 400 films. He is famous for his soft spoken diction despite being a villain in most films.
Chopra was born in a Hindu Punjabi Khatri family Lahore on 23 September 1935 to Ranbirlal and Rooprani Chopra. He was third of six children they had. After partition of India, his family moved to Shimla, India where he was brought up. His father desired that Prem be a doctor. He graduated from Punjab University.
Chopra married Uma sister of Krishna Kapoor wife of late Bollywood showman Raj Kapoor, and they have three daughters: Rakita, Punita and Prerana. Punita is married to actor, Vikas Bhalla, while Prerana Chopra is married to actor, Sharman Joshi.
Chopra joined the newspaper The Times of India in Mumbai in the late 1950s. He kept trying to get a break in films, and in 1962 got a Punjabi film Chaudhary Karnail Singh. The film won a National Award and got Prem noticed.
Among his early films he played Sukhdev in Shaheed, one of his rare positive leading roles. After Teesri Manzil and Upkaar, he was flooded with films as a villain. After Upkaar in 1967, he left The Times of India.
He has ever since been a leading villain in Hindi films. The dialogue "Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra" (My name is Prem, Prem Chopra) from the film Bobby has been very popular. Another famous Prem Chopra dialogue is "Mai wo bala hoon jo sheshay se pathar ko todtee hai" which closely translates to "I am that trouble which crushes stones with glass".
Of late, he has started taking comic and character roles too.
He had a good career spanning 35 years and was popular for villain roles in Bollywood. He is one of the villains in 1970's time.

Awards:
1976 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Do Anjaane
2004 - "Legend of Indian Cinema" Award at Atlantic City

Amongst other awards won the Giants honoured him with the "Lifetime Achievement Award". His talent also meritted him the "Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award" in 1998, the "Lions Club Award", "Ashoka Award", "Ashirwad Award" and the "Punjabi Kala Sangam Award".

Filmography:
Woh Kaun Thi
Upkaar
Trishul
Anari No. 1
Saawan: The Love Season
Dhamaal
Kaala Patthar
Bobby
Souten
Raja Babu
Delhi-6
Daddy Cool
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
World Cupp 2011
Golmaal 3
Patiala House
6 December
Dharti (2011)

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