, Lahore, British India
Prem Chopra is a Bollywood actor. The name Prem Chopra is familiar to every Indian ear both within the country and abroad. Letters with just his name and no address reach safe and sound to his spacious house in Bombay. It has been ages since in real life he has felt the need to say his famous Bobby line "Prem Naam hai mera .....Prem Chopra." The celebrated face itself speaks volumes.
He has completed nearly 400 films over a span of over 50 years and continues working with zest. Recently, his sterling cameos in 'Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year' and 'Delhi 6' earned him many accolades.
Awards have loved to belong to this gifted actor. He has been repeatedly recognized by FilmFare, Lions and Punjabi Kala Sangam amongst many others for his powerful performances. He has also created magic with live audiences displaying a special connect while participating in stage shows all over the UAE, Britain, America, Holland, Fiji Islands and Singapore.
A family man, friend and humanitarian commanding much respect, Prem Chopra in every way, is someone worth emulating. Prem was the third of six children born to Ranbirlal and Rooprani Chopra in Lahore. After the partition, the family moved to Simla, where he completed his education. An active stage performer in college, his talent got recognition in the form of many Best actor felicitations. This encouraged him to spread his wings and try his luck in Bombay’s prolific Hindi Film Industry.
In order to survive in the fast life of Bombay, he took up a job with the 'Times of India' while trying to gain a foothold in the Film Industry. During his stint with the 'Times of India', he worked in Punjabi films including 'Chaudhary Karnail Singh' and 'Sapni'; and Hindi films such as 'Woh Kaun Thi', 'Shaheed', 'Main Shaadi Karne Chala' and 'Teesri Manzil'. While doing 'Upkaar', a film in which he put in a remarkable performance, he gave up his job to concentrate solely on acting. He went on to make his presence strongly felt as a 'bad man' and became an artist that the audience loved to hate - from 'Do Anjaane' and 'Kati Patang' to 'Phool Bane Angaarey' and 'Bewaffa Se Waffa'.
In his life outside films however, he gained the respect of one and all and epitomized someone people loved to love. No wonder then, that his positive roles in films including 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' and 'Koi Mil Gaya' were also welcomed with equal enthusiasm.
Prem Chopra married Uma in 1969 and has three daughters - Rakita, Punita and Prerana. The three girls share a unique bond with their enigmatic father and if the feared screen baddie is bullied, it is by his daughters. They call him the 'baby' of the house as he is the first one to go to sleep at night. The role that the actor is currently enjoying is that of grand father to six adorable grand children, Sanchi, Khyana,Veer, Risha and twins Vaaryan and Vihaan.