Articles by Anupama Chopra
From Saawariya to Animal, there is an ineffable ease to each layered performance. To borrow a line, from Jerry Maguire, he had me at hello, Chopra says.
The actor is sidestepping glamour, to play women driven by grief and desperation. It’s a far cry from Poo and an exciting new direction for her, Chopra says.
They’re stressful. They're chaotic. And the memories are indelible – from bliss in the Himalayas, to being shouted at by irate viewers in the lobby of a PVR.
The nodding head, flopping arms, casual charm inspired a legion of actors. Yet, in 77 years, Dev Saab hasn’t had a true successor, Chopra says.
The dual role has a special place in Indian cinema. It’s roaring back with SRK's Jawan. See who else played a dad, a son, even two sons - all in the same film.
Guns and Gulaabs gives us more of the directors’ deliciously quirky characters. Here are the best ones to look out for, in this and their last two series.
Showbusiness is a brutal field. It wears one down. And while it is always hard to create a mental-healthcare system, it is time to try, says Anupama Chopra.
It is marvellous to see Hindi films dominate the box office again. Blockbusters are good news. But could smart, small films land too?
They’re leaping from cliffs, playing stylish maniacs, redefining destiny. In their 60s and at 80,Anil Kapoor, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford are furthering the plot.
Alia Bhatt, The Archies and the streaming platform’s mega following were all in attendance at the global fan event held recently in Brazil.
For too long, Manoj Bajpayee’s career was hit or miss. Now, he’s ruling the small screen. He owes it to his decisions to say no.
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.
There was so much of India, and cinema, to celebrate. Sadly, Chopra says, many Indians present were there just to celebrate themselves.
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.
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.
‘Bollywood continues to discriminate, but streaming platforms are thankfully making more room for women — on screens, behind the scenes and in boardrooms too.’
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.
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.
February has a dazzling, star-studded line-up. But will big-ticket projects edge out quieter narratives, lesser-known names?
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.
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.
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.
Indian cinema has typically deified mothers and ignored pregnancy. That’s changing, with hope for even-realer tales to come
The festival face-off used to be a spectator sport. Now it’s a contest of bland vs bland, with sloppy storytelling all around.
Rishab Shetty’s new Kannada film is primal, authentic. And its blend of folklore and masala just shattered the language barrier in real time.
Roshan’s character, Vedha, is maniacal yet charismatic, violent and unhinged. It’s an astonishing pivot from his lover-boy image.
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.
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.
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.
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.