Anupama Chopra, better known by her screen moniker Miss Congeniality, is well-known in the Indian film industry for her work as a film critic, author, journalist, and director of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. She is the creator and director of the online destination Film Companion, which presents a carefully selected view of movies. Anupama is a well-known film reviewer for Hindustan Times, NDTV, and India Today and has also authored books on Indian cinema.
Full Name: Anupama Chopra Known as: Miss Congeniality Profession: Film critic, Author, Journalist Famous/Notable Work: Founder and director of ‘Film Companion’
Date of Birth: 23th February, 1967 Age (as in 2022): 55 years (as per 2022) Birth Place: Kolkata, West Bengal Hometwon: Bandra, Mumbai Nationality: Indian Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign: Pisces Religion: Hindu
Father: Navin Chandra (Ex-executive with Union Carbide, Kolkata) Mother: Kamna Chandra (Scriptwriter) Brother: Brother – Vikram Chandra (Novelist) Sister: Tanuja Chandra (Indian film director and screenwriter)
Marital Status, Affairs & Girlfriends
Marital Status: Married Wife: Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Hindi film producer and director) Girlfriends: N/A
Education And School, College
Educational Qualification MA in Journalism College: Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. School: N/A
Net Worth: ₹40 Crores Salary / Income: N/A
Anupama debuted as an author with the book, ‘Sholay: The Making of a Classic’, in 2000, on the occasion of the 25
th anniversary of the film, Sholay. She wrote a book on Shah Rukh Khan in 2007, titled ‘King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema’.
Anupama also wrote ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ as a modern classic series.
Her 2011 publication, ‘First Day First Show: Writings from the Bollywood Trenches’ is a compilation of her articles on Hindi cinema over 2 decades.
In 2013, Anupama released 2 books, ‘Freeze Frame’ and ‘100 Films to See Before You Die’, based on interviews with filmmakers and actors on the TV show and her weekly film column respectively.
Her latest release, ‘The Front Row: Conversations on Cinema’ is a collection of her television interviews with both Bollywood and Hollywood personalities.
Anupama won the Harrington Award for ‘academic excellence and promise for success in the field of magazine journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
She won the National film award for best book on cinema (India) in 2001 for her debut book, Sholay: The Making of a Classic.
Her book on Shah Rukh Khan was featured on the annual editor’s choice list of the New York Times Book Review. It was also translated into Polish, German, and Indonesian languages.
Anupama’s works have been published in India Today and Vogue India.
Her writing about Hindi films has been featured in various international publications like Los Angeles Times, Sight & Sound, The New York Times, and Variety.
Some Lesser Known Facts
Does She Smoke? : N/A
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Anupama was born in the Chandra Parshad family in Kolkata and later also lived in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh.
She was brought up with her family in Nepean Sea Road and then in Cuffe Parade in Mumbai.
Anupama was fond of films since her childhood.