Ravi Chopra, director of famous television (TV) show Mahabharata, died in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai on 12 November 2014. He was 68. He was suffering from lung cancer from last few years.
He was a producer and director of Indian movies. He started his career assisting his father B R Chopra in films like, Dastaan (1972) and Dhund (1973). He also assisted his uncle Yash Chopra in Ittefaq (1969).
He made his independent directorial debut with Zameer (1975), produced under the family banner, B.R. Films.
He was also the first Bollywood filmmaker who was taken to the court by a Hollywood company over the remaking of a film.
In 2009, 20th Century Fox had served a legal notice to Ravi Chopra and his production company B R Films over remaking of the 1992 Oscar Award winning comedy film My Cousin Vinny into Bollywood film Banda Ye Bindaas Hai. Fox sought 1.4 million US dollars in damages.
He was born on 27 September 1946 and was the son of legendary producer & director B R Chopra and nephew of producer & director late Yash Chopra. Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra are his cousins.
Films Directed by Ravi Chopra
• Zameer (1975)
• The Burning Train (1980)
• Aaj Ki Awaz (1984)
• Mazdoor (1983)
• Dahleez (1986)
• Baghban (2003)
• Baabul (2006)
• Banda Ye Bindaas Hai (2009)
TV Serials Directed by Ravi Chopra
• Mahabharata (1988-1990)
• Mini-series Ramayana (2002)
• Vishnu Puran
• Ma Shakti
• He was expected to come back to television with another mythological series, Vasudev Krishna in 2014-15
Who: Ravi Chopra
When: 12 November 2014