Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

A lovable villain: Prem Chopra  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 06/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Em chopra muses on life as a villain in the movies as he releases his biography in dubai.while referring to one of the characters in her novel horrorscape author nenia campbell had written: “she had always found villains more exciting than heroes. they had ambition passion. they made the stories happen. villains didn’t fear death.”“the villains were always ugly in books and movies. necessarily so it seemed. because if they were attractive - if their looks matched their charm and their cunning - they wouldn’t only be dangerous. they would be irresistible.”for many movie lovers villains are more interesting and complex than the heroes. they harm good characters in movies and also terrify us and continue to haunt us much after the movie has ended. but one cannot deny the thrill that their characters provide in the film because they present obstacles that the hero must overcome.one of the most iconic villains of the indian film industry prem chopra was in dubai recently to launch his biography prem naam hai mera... prem chopra which is also a famous dialogue of chopra’s from the movie bobby (1973).prem chopra has done around four hundred films in fifty odd years. he is one of the few actors to have worked for more than five decades from the black and white era to the new millennium. “i had no idea that this line will become synonymous with my name. it’s been 41 years but it is so popular even today. i had no idea at that time” said prem chopra while talking to city times about his journey in the film industry.penned by his daughter rakita chopra the book spans a period dating from the partition of india in 1947 to today. filled with anecdotes from his eventful career in the hindi film industry his phobias his interactions with some of the legends of bollywood as well as his shayari (poetry) the book is a frank account of his life and times. several known names from the hindi film industry have contributed to the book as well.rakita shared some memories about her growing up years when prem chopra was in his prime as the foremost villain of bollywood. “i know what we felt when we went to the theatres saw him getting beaten up in the movies. first of all we hated the heroes. we were probably the only ones who hated the heroes. while everyone else loved amitabh bachchan we hated him. after the movie when we came home we thought our father has been beaten up for real or he has been killed so it used to be a big relief to see him fine. i remember when we were seven or eight; we would tell him often ‘change your profession.’ we meant it.”rakita said that it was fun and challenging to explore her father’s professional life “in the past two years i have discovered what he did behind the scenes and all he went through. how he stayed in the industry for fifty years is by itself a self-help book if you ask me. tell me how many people survive fifty years in any profession not just in films? i found him being able to adapt to situations and times and i also found that there is a certain level of honesty besides the talent that made him survive. he had something likeable about him which is why a lot of people repeated him in films. if you see there are so many movies that he did with the same actors and film-makers people kept coming back to him in spite of him not being part of any camp. when i interviewed salim khan for this book he said “now we have a salman khan camp a shah rukh khan camp but your father had the ability to be friends with everybody. he once won a filmfare awards for do anjaane which was an amitabh bachchan film; he was also nominated for mehbooba which was a rajesh khanna film so he could do it with people who otherwise would be in conflict with each other.”the baddie with an adorable personality echoes her observations saying “according to me in every sphere of life you have to put in very honest hard work to reach your destination. and you have to continue that it is not that you see success and you stop making efforts.” earlier bollywood villains had exaggerated and peculiar mannerisms making movies and the characters look larger than life. nowadays movies are more realistic and villains do not come across as cartoonish. chopra agreed saying “nowadays we are making films that people can identify with. in earlier times there used to be moneylenders land owners ministers and politicians. it is interesting that people used to like certain characteristics of villains. villains in today’s films have mellowed down; they want to underplay the characters. villains earlier use to be larger than life and people used to love them.”the veteran actor told us that dilip kumar inspired him a lot. “i used to be very enamoured of dilip kumar. i loved him irrespective of whether his films were hits or flops and i had an opportunity to work with him so that was a great moment for me. i learnt a lot while working with him.”


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Jan 24 2015 - Botched repair of Tut mask 'reversible': German conservatorAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) The damage caused by a botched repair of the mask of Tutankhamun that left dried glue on the priceless relic may be undone with careful treatment, a German conservator said ...

 Jan 24 2015 - UAE upset Japan into Cup semisArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) SYDNEY Jan 23 (AFP): Japan were sent crashing out of the Asian Cup on Friday as the United Arab Emirates shocked the defending champions 5-4 on penalties after a pulsating ...

 Jan 24 2015 - Kuwait's Kamshad sets record in Skydive DubaiArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) DUBAI Jan 23 (KUNA): Osama Ali Kamshad of Kuwait entered the Guinness World Records as the first disabled parachutist from the Arab world and the Middle East after making a ...

 Jan 24 2015 - Returning Gyan the hero as Ghana 'down' AlgeriaArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) MONGOMO Equatorial Guinea Jan 23 (AFP): The returning Asamoah Gyan struck a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Ghana kickstarted their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 ...

 Jan 24 2015 - Iraq stun Iran in thrillerArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) CANBERRA Jan 23 (AFP): Salam Shakir scored the winning spot-kick as Iraq stunned 10-man Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the Asian Cup semis in a match of high drama between the ...

 Jan 24 2015 - 'Hala February 2015' - Musical events cancelledArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Jan 23 (KUNA): The Hala February 2015 festival Friday announced cancellation of remaining musical and entertainment events following demise of King Abdullah bin ...

 Jan 24 2015 - Kuwait- Amir offers condolencesArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Jan 23 (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on the demise of ...

 Jan 24 2015 - ME losses of oil exports to hit USD300b in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Losses from lower oil exports should sap up to USD300 billion from economies in the Middle East, as countries in the region adjust to falling crude prices, The Peninsula Qatar ...

 Jan 24 2015 - Saudi inflation to reach 2.6 percent in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) The Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) data showed that Consumer Price Index for December decelerated to 2.4 percent compared to 2.5 percent in November, Arab News ...

 Jan 24 2015 - Egypt eyes 4 percent growth in FY2014-15MENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt expects economic growth of around 4 percent in fiscal year 2014-15, which ends in June, boosted by rising confidence and a windfall from lower oil prices, Arab News reported.The budget ...

more...


 






Google

Internatinal Property Show

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help