Articles by Anupama Chopra
Koffee and a director’s cut: Anupama Chopra on Karan Johar the filmmaker
He’s a talk-show host, emcee, fashionista, designer, producer… but it’s Karan Johar the movie-maker that we are most eager to see, Chopra says.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 07:59 PM IST
A carpet-bombing at Cannes: Anupama Chopra writes in from the festival
There was so much of India, and cinema, to celebrate. Sadly, Chopra says, many Indians present were there just to celebrate themselves.
Updated on May 27, 2023 04:30 PM IST
Always on location: Anupama Chopra on filmmaker Mani Ratnam
Forty years in, the auteur still tours theatres to check on their sound systems. This dedication to detail is part of what makes his movies unique.
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 01:04 PM IST
Why doesn’t India have an award even half as prestigious as the Oscars?
We make more films than any other country in the world. Yet, trying to create a world-class prize for cinema is the stuff of black comedy, says Anupama Chopra.
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 12:37 PM IST
Playing by new rules: Anupama Chopra on streaming platforms and stories of women
‘Bollywood continues to discriminate, but streaming platforms are thankfully making more room for women — on screens, behind the scenes and in boardrooms too.’
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 03:05 PM IST
A rebel storms the screen again: Anupama Chopra on Gulmohar
Sharmila Tagore plays Kusum, an elegant, wise, defiant matriarch, in the new film. It’s the ideal role for an actress who has always, inspiringly, done things her way.
Updated on Mar 11, 2023 02:02 PM IST
Maar daala: Anupama Chopra looks back on courtesans that lit up our screens
Eyes that mesmerise, lips that spout poetry, hearts full of yearning... tawaifs return in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new series, drawing from cinema’s best.
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 10:23 PM IST
Are OTT platforms changing streams, asks Anupama Chopra
February has a dazzling, star-studded line-up. But will big-ticket projects edge out quieter narratives, lesser-known names?
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 04:24 PM IST
A new blow for Bollywood: No Hindi film in India’s Top 5 earners of 2022
Movies made in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, even English feature among the year’s top five grossers in India. The first Hindi film, Brahmastra, comes in at No. 6.
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 02:08 PM IST
What will stardom look like in 2023? Kannada superstar Yash provides clues
His is a story of talent, humility, vision, perseverance, ambition and lots of hard work. We need more dreamers and doers like him, says Anupama Chopra.
Updated on Dec 24, 2022 07:04 PM IST
Behind the scenes, at the roundtable, with Anupama Chopra
It can be heartache fixing a date. Even the seating can become controversial. But it’s worth it to have the best talent all in one place, excited to talk about the magic of filmmaking.
Updated on Dec 10, 2022 09:51 PM IST
Great expectations: Anupama Chopra on how films now depict pregnancy
Indian cinema has typically deified mothers and ignored pregnancy. That’s changing, with hope for even-realer tales to come
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 12:52 AM IST
No fireworks, no fizz in Bollywood this Diwali, says Anupama Chopra
The festival face-off used to be a spectator sport. Now it’s a contest of bland vs bland, with sloppy storytelling all around.
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 03:04 PM IST
When demi-gods show the way: Anupama Chopra on Kantara
Rishab Shetty’s new Kannada film is primal, authentic. And its blend of folklore and masala just shattered the language barrier in real time.
Updated on Oct 21, 2022 02:11 PM IST
Rebuild, reboot, rethink Hrithik: Anupama Chopra on Vikram Vedha
Roshan’s character, Vedha, is maniacal yet charismatic, violent and unhinged. It’s an astonishing pivot from his lover-boy image.
Updated on Oct 08, 2022 12:21 PM IST
Critic’s choice: Anupama Chopra lists her favourite responses to bad reviews
Online, there are anonymous threats and accusations. Offline, there are implications of bias. But every now and then, a filmmaker or actor will take it in their stride in amusing ways. One such instance was literally a scream.
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:24 PM IST
Finally, a price correction begins in Bollywood
As films led by superstars continue to flop, A-listers are taking pay cuts and there is talk of budgets going towards storytelling instead, says Anupama Chopra.
Updated on Sep 09, 2022 06:34 PM IST
Private jets, Biserli baths:Anupama Chopra on the escalating A-lister’s wishlist
As moviestars look to outdo one another, demands are ballooning. Some want an entire food truck on set, even when they’re fasting. Others will only travel via Boeing, not Airbus.
Updated on Aug 27, 2022 03:58 PM IST
It’s big change that’s needed in Bollywood, not big bucks, says Anupama Chopra
The ₹150-crore Shamshera is built on a story that gives way in the first hour, leaving its lead, the talented Ranbir Kapoor, floundering. Meanwhile, small gems continue to hook audiences, including Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films made on tiny and even crowdsourced budgets.
Updated on Jul 30, 2022 03:19 PM IST
Add to watchlist: Anupama Chopra picks 2022’s best films on streaming so far
At the half-year mark, a look at rare gems, indie releases, regional hits and little films that could, and did.
Updated on Jul 16, 2022 07:17 PM IST
SRK and the art of spreading the love
Even in a mediocre film, there is a specific kind of joy that Shah Rukh delivers. The world could do with more of that, says Anupama Chopra.
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 10:46 PM IST
What makes a movie too long, asks Anupama Chopra
There is no science to film duration. But even a good idea stretched too far will snap, as a new crop of filmmakers is finding out.
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 08:01 PM IST
Joyland is a gem from across the border, says Anupama Chopra
Pakistan’s first film to make the official selection at Cannes is a tragic tale of desire, freedom and repression. It deserves a bigger audience than just festival-goers.
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 06:36 PM IST
French dispatch: Notes from a busy week at Cannes
More than 12,000 people are at the festival this year. It’s a breath of fresh air amid the pandemic, and a reminder that cinema remains our constant, says Anupama Chopra.
Updated on May 20, 2022 04:37 PM IST
Bollywood is learning about the perils of vanity, says Anupama Chopra
It started with artists buying the spotlight, then believing they‘d earned it. The level of delusion and hubris tends to be proportional to the mediocrity of the work. Meanwhile, films from the South continue to top Hindi charts and set new records.
Updated on May 07, 2022 01:07 PM IST
It’s too much testosterone. Take it down a notch, say Anupama Chopra
KGF: Chapter 2, RRR, Pushpa: The Rise, Sooryavanshi... I hope the hyper-masculine heroes of recent hits, bashing and bathed in blood, don’t become the new industry standard, Chopra says.
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 02:51 PM IST
Bollywood could do with some of Rajamouli’s secret sauce: Anupama Chopra on RRR
There is a ferociousness and flamboyance to the filmmaker’s vision that the Hindi film industry needs more of. He doesn’t rest on past glory; there’s effort in every frame, Chopra says.
Updated on Apr 08, 2022 04:07 PM IST
Drive My Car: Japan’s first film up for a Best Picture Oscar is exquisite
The movie explores the bond between a widower and the woman hired to drive him around Hiroshima. 'It's a quietly devastating meditation on grief. Make time for it,' says Anupama Chopra.
Updated on Mar 26, 2022 05:19 PM IST
Sanjay Leela Bhansali a rare auteur still true to his roots, says Anupama Chopra
His latest film, Gangubai Kathiawadi, celebrates elements of Hindi cinema that are at risk of being lost.
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 04:37 PM IST
And the Oscar may go to... Bhutan, says Anupama Chopra
Pawo Choyning Dorji’s debut Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a tender portrait of a country and people in transition
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 03:47 PM IST