Interviews with Anupama Chopra

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Anupama Chopra is a film critic, television anchor and book author. She has been writing about Bollywood since 1993. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Hindustan Times, The Los Angeles Times and Vogue (India). Here you can find all of her interviews and conversations with Bollywood and Hollywood's leading actors and filmmakers. In short, everything you need to enhance your cinematic experience.

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Lakshya & Raghav Juyal Exclusive Interview with Anupama Chopra | Kill | Film Companion
5d ago
Lakshya & Raghav Juyal Exclusive Interview with Anupama Chopra | Kill | Film Companion
In the exclusive conversation with Anupama Chopra, Lakshya and Raghav Juyal - the cast of the upcoming gruesome action spectacle, talk about collectively preparing themselves for the film. They delve deep into how the action was choreographed and how their director Nikhil Bhat made sure it was all on paper, well in detail and description. They talk about their respective journeys from TV to films, and all that they experienced in between. #Kill #Lakshya #RaghavJuyal 00:00 - In conversation with Lakshya and Raghav Juyal 01:19 - The Art of Creating Action 04:30 - “Khach Khach Hota Hai” 07:59 - The importance of Sound Design 08:27 - What Lakshya & Raghav learnt in the 9 months of training 11:44 - Raghav’s process of becoming ‘Fani’ 13:39 - Finding the emotional element in menacing characters 15:42 - The thin line that separates the hero from the villain 20:22 - Pre-Kill feelings 23:34 - An actor’s relationship with patience 29:55 - Raghav’s unexpected audition story 31:24 - The catharsis of playing a grey character 36:10 - What’s next for Lakshya & Raghav? 37:15 - Kuch plan hai aage? Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts⁠
On The Sets Of Kalki 2898 AD | Nag Ashwin, Priyanka Dutt, & Swapna Dutt Interview w/ Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
Jun 22 2024
On The Sets Of Kalki 2898 AD | Nag Ashwin, Priyanka Dutt, & Swapna Dutt Interview w/ Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
In this exclusive conversation from the film’s sets with Anupama Chopra, director Nag Ashwin, and producers Priyanka Dutt and Swapna Dutt talk about all things Kalki 2898 AD. They share valuable insights on what led to making one of India’s most ambitious and expensive films. They delve deep into shooting procedures of the Prabhas and Deepika Padukone starrer, and directing the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan. They tell us what we can expect from the film and the challenges of creating a completely different world. #Kalki2898AD #Prabhas #NagAshwin #DeepikaPadukone 00:00 - On the sets of Kalki 2898 AD 01:15 - The initial response to the trailer 02:24 - The film being inspired by Indian mythology and sci-fi stories. 07:15 - Creating a film for the younger audience 09:30 - Creating a futuristic world on set 13:56 - Directing experienced actors effectively 16:23 - Collaborative team effort in designing the movie set 20:19 - Long and intricate process of film production 22:21 - Film's ambition is three times as large as its budget 26:12 - Balancing creative and financial conversations with father and husband 28:08 - Collaborative work structure and BGM in 'Kalki 2898 AD' 31:52 - Creating a character like Buji as an AI bot 34:02 - Importance of authenticity in actor reactions 38:03 - Importance of storytelling in cinema Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts
Kartik Aaryan Interview with Anupama Chopra | Chandu Champion | Film Companion
Jun 15 2024
Kartik Aaryan Interview with Anupama Chopra | Chandu Champion | Film Companion
In this interview with Anupama Chopra, Kartik Aaryan talks about committing to the role Murlikant Petkar in the Kabir Khan directorial. He delves into the process of shaping his body and mind to get into the skin of the character, and eventually bringing his best out on screen; keeping in mind how this stands to be one of the toughest roles he’s played in his filmography. He talks about being asocial, and how it helps him, and also the importance of sleep in his day-to-day functioning as an actor. #KartikAaryan #ChanduChampion 00:00 - In conversation with Kartik Aaryan 00:39 - The press junkits being torture techniques 02:28 - Kartik’s determination in expressions, and doing what he does 05:14 - The chatter surrounding the physical transformation 15:03 - Was there a moment during the film where Kartik said to himself, WHY? 19:25 - Giving so much time to one project and the risk of it 22:21 - Actors in sports films being initial inspirations 27:13 - Moving and adapting a more healthy and asocial lifestyle 34:11 - The next few films and stirring away from the comfort film 37:10 - The conversation on actor fees 41:10 - What it takes to be here, and the struggle of getting lonely Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts
Fahadh Faasil Interview with Anupama Chopra | Aavesham | Film Companion
May 12 2024
Fahadh Faasil Interview with Anupama Chopra | Aavesham | Film Companion
Anupama Chopra engages in an insightful chat with Fahadh Faasil, exploring various facets of his career and personal reflections. They delve into his recent film "Aavesham" and his portrayal of the character Ranga. Fahadh reflects on the influence of "Pushpa" on his career and discusses his journey as a pan-Indian star, sharing bonds with fellow actors like Vicky Kaushal and Rajkummar Rao.  00:00 - In conversation with Fahadh Faasil 00:51 - Tapping into summoning the unhinged intensity 03:58 - Does Fahadh ever scare himself while doing dark scenes? 05:45 - Ranga’s towel dance, and shedding the vanity 08:45 - Did Fahadh get a “Noble warrior” type tag for Aavesham too? 10:23 - The banger year Malayalam cinema’s having, but women being non-existent 12:06 - Re-defining the “hero” in Malayalam Cinema 15:01 - Deflecting the Pan-Indian tag, and being friends with actors from Bollywood 22:42 - Chatter around Fahadh being the highest paid villain, and money being a factor 25:30 - “I came back to do two films, and go back” 26:42 - Nazriya still sending him to get milk 28:27 - “The complexity of success, and the nobility in failure” 31:06 - Dealing with failure 32:21 - Does Fahadh think about himself as a BRAND? 33:43 - Considering himself as an insecure actor 36:15 - Being critical about his performances 37:18 - Does Nazriya run her posts by Fahadh before posting them? 39:13 - Does she still give him instructions for interviews? Follow Us On ⁠http://instagram.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠https://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠  Find us on YouTube: ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore⁠.⁠  ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts⁠⁠
Rajkummar Rao Interview and Anupama Chopra | Srikanth | Film Companion
Apr 26 2024
Rajkummar Rao Interview and Anupama Chopra | Srikanth | Film Companion
In this conversation with Anupama Chopra, Rajkummar Rao throws light on his next big release “Srikanth” directed by Tushar Hiranandani. He delves into his process of preparing for the role, and how spending time with visually-impaired individuals shaped his character, both on reel and in reality. He then talks about the recent trolling he’s been subjected to, surrounding his chin surgery, and the noise social media brings along. He discusses his love for films, and tells us how much he enjoyed and loved the Diljit Dosanjh starrer Amar Singh Chamkila. #RajkummarRao #Srikanth 00:00 - In conversation with Rajkummar Rao 00:29 - Moving into the season of Rajkummar Rao 03:06 - The noise surrounding the plastic surgery 06:11 - Paparazzi scrutiny and fear of misinterpreted images 09:20 - Prepping to play a visually-impaired characters on screen 14:07 - Challenges faced by visually impaired individuals 16:00 - Importance of finding one's own acting process and adapting it to different film genres 18:35 - Does gender play a role in navigating challenging characters? 21:20 - Rajkummar discusses the current landscape of Hindi Cinema 23:40 - Does the market conditions impact how he chooses a film? 25:04 - Responding to a script internally 26:32 - Has he changed as an actor since LSD? 27:46 - Negotiating the politics of the film industry 30:49 - Rajkummar watches one film a day? 31:20 - “I’ve seen Chamkila thrice already” Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts⁠
“Laut Aao Imran” - An Imran Khan Exclusive Interview with Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
Apr 25 2024
“Laut Aao Imran” - An Imran Khan Exclusive Interview with Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
In this exclusive conversation with Anupama Chopra, we see Imran Khan give his first interview, post his sabbatical. He talks about what these years were like, and how he put the focus on himself and his mental health. He delves deep into the reasons that led him to quitting the industry 9 years ago, and all that makes him want to still tell stories, from and to the heart. He shares his experiences of being overtly self-sufficient, and what kind of scripts he’s looking at now, in order to make a comeback on the big screen. #ImranKhan #JaaneTuYaJaaneNa #EkMainAurEkTu 00:00 - In conversation with Imran Khan 02:20 - When would the hashtag “Laut Tao Imran” become a reality? 04:19 - Where is Imran in life today? 07:31 - Did Imran fall out of love with films, or the film industry? 10:05 - Was failure the immediate trigger for stepping down? 12:26 - Feeling damaged inside and sorting out therapy 16:32 - What were the years post Katti-Batti like? 19:17 - Was walking away from the glamorous life hard? 22:57 - What’s the re-engaging been like? 24:13 - Being loved by viewers even today 26:16 - Anupama’s theory about Imran 30:05 - The toxicity of social media 33:56 - Imran’s piece on why he isn’t on social media and PR (2013) 40:57 - Imran’s honest expression of emotions on Instagram 45:02 - Walking away from his palatial house in Bandra 48:53 - Imran cutting his own hair and being overtly self-reliant 50:34 - Is Imran’s partner Lekha okay with the three plates? 51:12 - Two artists being in a relationship 52:20 - Was taking a break a mistake? 58:22 - Anything that Imran does daily for his mental health? 1:00:55 - Are Imran and Abbas Tyrewala working on a spy series? 1:02:20 - “I don’t want to play a character who solves problems with a gun” 1:05:23 - Audience messages for Imran Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts
Vineeth Sreenivasan Interview with Anupama Chopra | Varshangalkku Shesham | Film Companion
Apr 13 2024
Vineeth Sreenivasan Interview with Anupama Chopra | Varshangalkku Shesham | Film Companion
In an exclusive interview with Anupama Chopra, Vineeth Sreenivasan discusses his film "Varshangalkku Shesham," featuring Pranav Mohanlal and Nivin Pauly. He shares his inspirations and reflects on his career choice. Sreenivasan elaborates on his on-set experience, where the friendly crew indulged in cricket matches all-day, sometimes overshadowing shoots. He also delves into the nepotism debate, offering insights on its nuances and controversies. 00:00 - In conversation with Vineeth Sreenivasan 00:44 - How does Vineeth, as an Actor/Producer/Writer/Singer prioritise his work? 02:30 - Talent being a family tradition for the Sreenivasan’s 05:38 - Talking about his new film “Varshangalkku Shesham” 09:39 - Directing family members, and the rules they set for themselves 10:30 - Vineeth on his brother Dhyan Sreenivasan 12:07 - Stories surrounding the on-set ruckus, and the never ending cricket matches 14:25 - Handling the legacy Pranav Mohanlal comes with 16:48 - Clashing with Fahadh Faasil’s Aavesham 19:26 - Vineeth’s acting processes 23:13 - Falling in love with characters before writing them 25:52 - Music being a major character in Vineeth’s films 27:58 - The motive of the music 28:25 - Getting Vinyl Records for “Varshangalkku Shesham” 32:53 - Shooting “Madhu Pakaroo,” and the ball they all had on set 35:39 - Reminiscing the time things changed for Malayalam Cinema 38:53 - Not nurturing cut-throat competition 40:43 - Nepotism being everywhere Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts⁠
Dibakar Banerjee Exclusive Interview with Anupama Chopra | LSD 2 | Film Companion
Apr 12 2024
Dibakar Banerjee Exclusive Interview with Anupama Chopra | LSD 2 | Film Companion
In this exclusive podcast with Anupama Chopra, filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee talks about LSD 2, Tees being shelved by Netflix, the impact filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and him have had on shaping the Hindi cinema in the last decade. He delves into the processes involved in casting the actors for Love Sex Aur Dhokha 2, and what makes him chase his brand of cinema. We ask the filmmaker about his relationship with Ekta Kapoor and what defines their working relationship. 00:00 - In conversation with Dibakar Banerjee 00:45 - How IS Dibakar? 03:27 - The fresh new hell he is about to put us into 06:42 - How does Dibakar decide on the stories he wants to tell? 09:14 - Dinakar auditioning actors 12:20 - Landing at Bigg Boss with Ekta Kapoor 13:43 - How does the relationship with Ekta work? 15:40 - The look of LSD, and the designing of the same 18:00 - The out-of-the-box cinematography of LSD and LSD2 20:46 - The one family story surrounding Dibakar’s film, and accompanying reactions 23:30 - “LSD 2 is 5 minutes into the future” 23:55 - Dibakar’s sense of where the streaming world is at, right now? 25:42 - The audience having his back 26:51 - Changing what Hindi Cinema felt like, sounded like Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts⁠
The Chamkila Diaries ft. Diljit Dosanjh, Imtiaz Ali and Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
Apr 11 2024
The Chamkila Diaries ft. Diljit Dosanjh, Imtiaz Ali and Anupama Chopra | Film Companion
In this conversation with Anupama Chopra, the actor and director of the upcoming Amar Singh Chamkila biopic - Diljit Dosanjh and Imtiaz Ali delve into the nitty-gritty of the film, their shared admiration for Punjab, and how it’s most adrenaline charged, yet the most poetic state. They tell us what it’s like to work with the purest of souls on set, and what makes their film true to the sentiment attached around the renowned singer. They then share some anecdotes on how the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Rockstar shaped one and all, and Diljit in specific. 00:00 - In conversation with Imtiaz Ali and Diljit Dosanjh 01:27 - Amar Singh Chamkila being the Elvis Presley of Punjab 02:08 - Making Chamkila relevant again, in this day and age 03:47 - Imtiaz’s emails for Diljit, and their perceptions of Chamkila 06:47 - Things that HAVEN’T CHANGED for Artists down the years 08:32 - The link between violence, exuberance, and Punjabi music 10:34 - Constructing the performances 14:48 - Diljit re-iterating that he ISN’T an actor 16:40 - Fame being the “Do-Tarfa-Talwar” and how one should handle it 20:27 - Diljit and Imtiaz’s machinery of purity 23:23 - Holding onto the purity, in an industry that isn’t 27:08 - Diljit working with A.R. Rahman 29:34 - Diljit’s learning from this film 30:10 - The impact of having a film’s actor sing the songs, themselves 34:15 - The difference in voices and styles 35:53 - Rockstar being the ONE-TRUE inspiration 37:41 - Does Imtiaz still believe in the Rockstar philosophy? 39:13 - What’s next for Diljit? 40:13 - The one director he wants to work with 41:34 - What’s next for Imtiaz/The Chamkila Bidai ceremony 42:36 - Polar opposite views on Imtiaz’s films Follow Us Onhttp://instagram.com/filmcompanionhttps://www.twitter.com/filmcompanion⁠ ⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/filmcompanion⁠Find us on YouTube:⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanion⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionSouth⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionLocal⁠https://www.youtube.com/@ReviewsandMore.⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@FilmCompanionShorts