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.
Anupama Chopra, founder & editor of Film Companion, 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 reviews for movies from across the globe.
Sherni has many stellar actors including Vijay Raaz, Neeraj Kabi and Ila Arun but the film is grounded by the gravitas and understated strength that Vidya Balan brings to Vidya Vincent.
"I was sick of the lies written about me" - Neena Gupta speaks to Anupama Chopra about why she wrote her autobiography Sach Kahun Toh, the respect she's getting today (thanks to her career) and why she wishes she were younger now.
Musician and writer Ali Sethi chats with Anupama Chopra about his love for the ghazal, being a bridge between borders and finding the need to censor himself today.
“I suck at the glamorous, song & dance roles” - Vidya Balan speaks to Anupama Chopra about her experience filming Sherni, the three films she’s green lit and why song and dance glam roles aren’t her cup of tea.
After Skater Girl was shot in Khempur, a village near Udaipur in Rajasthan, the skating park that was built as a set for the movie was donated to locals. Which is probably the best thing about this well-intentioned but slight film.
The Family Man Season 2, on Amazon Prime Video India, doesn’t deal in simplistic heroes and villains. There are enough thrills here but what stays with you eventually is a sense of sadness - Anupama Chopra reviews the Manoj Bajpayee, Samantha Akkineni series created by Raj & DK.
The primal, animalistic nature of men sits just beneath the veneer of civilization imposed by society. Poke a little and a man, who is a loving father and husband, turns into a creature so savage that he is barely recognizable.
Wherever you think this narrative might go, it doesn’t. And when the twist arrives, it’s so unexpected that just like the character it’s revealed to, you are also stunned into silence. The beauty is that all of this plays out amidst the humdrum rhythms of daily life. There is no drama or high emotion.…
Arjun Kapoor chats with Anupama Chopra about his recent releases, Sardar Ka Grandson and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, what he's learnt over nine years in the movie business and why he consciously keeps his personal life away from the media glare.
What happens when an expensive Sony camera is left by mistake on the backseat of an autorickshaw? Lives change. Because the camera enables people to become storytellers. It renews hope and ambition. That is the power of cinema and the story of Cinema Bandi, the delightful new Telugu film, directed by Praveen Kandregula, and produced by Raj Nidimoru…
The interest around "Lonavala mein kaun tha" is baffling - The team behind The Family Man, Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Samantha Akkineni, Raj & DK, tell Anupama Chopra about what we can expect from Season 2, living up to the hype and excitement and how they got into the headspace of their characters.
“There are no heroes or villains in Nayattu” - Amidst the heated debate surrounding the film, actor Kunchako Boban and writer Shahi Kabir deep dive into the making of Nayattu with Anupama Chopra. From the backlash the film received to it's open-ended climax, this interview has all the answers you have been seeking. Nayattu is now streaming on Netfl…
Sardar Ka Grandson plays neither as a coming-of-age saga of a man who learns to face challenges and deliver on his commitments nor as a cross-border comedy nor as a moving family drama.
Today, artists are told to just shut up - Mahira Khan & Azaan Sami Khan speak to Anupama Chopra about collaborating on Tu, prospects of working in India in the future and why the ban on artists across the border was “scary”.
The Salman Khan starrer is so free of craft that it hurts. Prabhu Deva delivers yet another loud, numbing, pointless paean to the cult of Salman Khan. Anupama Chopra reviews the film.
Nayattu is a chilling film about the machinations of the system. The title means the hunt in Malayalam. What makes Nayattu brilliant is the way director Martin Prakkat reworks it.
Godzilla vs Kong is the fourth installment in a franchise called the MonsterVerse. But even if you haven’t seen those films, you won’t have any trouble connecting the dots in this one.
Meel Patthar, which means milestone, is far from a road movie, which romanticises the journey and the learnings from it.
How do you repurpose a powerful and gripping story about women into an over-the-top star vehicle in which the hero towers above everything else? Vakeel Saab provides a masterclass.
The Disciple is a meditative character study of a Hindustani classical vocalist named Sharad Nerulkar. The film might be set in the esoteric world of Indian classical music but its concerns are universal.
Without Remorse is an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s bestselling 1993 novel. The film attempts to speak to the reality of contemporary polarised America but the plot is too formulaic and the commentary too thin to underpin the high-octane thriller with gravitas.
Sheela might be frail and mellow but she still knows how to deliver a memorable sound byte. Searching for Sheela is a minor companion piece to the mesmerising Wild Wild Country.
"I have nothing to redeem myself from" - Ma Anand Sheela is candid in this conversation with Anupama Chopra and Shakun Batra ahead of the release of Searching for Sheela. They chat about the making of the documentary, news of Priyanka Chopra playing her and more.
"Chaitanya believes in pure cinema. He's a rare breed" - Alfonso Cuarón and Chaitanya Tamhane speak to Anupama Chopra about their creative collaboration on The Disciple which releases on Netflix and their interpretation of the role of an artist today.
The dastaan in Ajeeb Daastaans is plural. There are plenty of ajeebs here, but what stayed with me was the expression in Bharti’s eyes in the last shot of Geeli Pucchi.
"Why is our industry only looked at as flippant and frivolous?" - Neeraj Ghaywan and Aditi Rao Hydari ask ahead of the release of their film from Dharma Productions' anthology, Ajeeb Daastaans. They speak to Anupama Chopra about creating the film that releases on Netflix, creating nuanced relationships on screen and the changes they've seen in the …
"The Telugu industry can create stars out of nobodies" - Following the blockbuster success of their film Jathi Ratnalu, Naveen Polishetty & filmmaker Anudeep K.V. speak to Anupama Chopra about creating the comedy, the soaring success it's seen and plans for the sequel.
Jathi Ratnalu starring Naveen Polishetty, Rahul Ramakrishna & Priyadarshi, is the infusion of good cheer you need right now. Writer-director Anudeep K.V. stitches together a sparkling comedy that is cheerfully silly without being lazy.
Hello Charlie on Amazon Prime Video India starring Jackie Shroff, Aadar Jain & Shlokka Pandit, is one of those films that defies reviews. Because I’m not sure I can properly explain how excruciating it is to watch.
Joji is a reworking of Macbeth and while these words might suggest a period setting, Shakespeare’s tragedy has been reimagined in contemporary times, on a sprawling rubber plantation in Kerala. But Joji, the youngest of three brothers, is very much a subject of his father’s kingdom.
The Big Bull, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Ileana Cruz, Sohum Shah, and directed by Kookie Gulati, is contrived in the old-school Bollywood way. Props to Abhishek Bachchan for sincerely trying to hold the fractured screenplay together.
"We have no option but to go ‘darker’ with Fahadh" - The team behind Joji - Dileesh Pothan, Syam Pushkaran and Fahadh Faasil - speak to Anupama Chopra about their working dynamic, what makes them tick as a team and what to expect from the film that releases on Amazon Prime Video.
Director Chloé Zhao constructs Nomadland like a mournful, sublime poem. The film stars Oscar-winning actor Frances McDormand who acts alongside real-life nomads who were featured in Bruder’s book, who play themselves. Listen to the full review to know more about this globally-acclaimed film.
The film Pagglait, starring Sanya Malhotra among others, reminds us of the many ways in which society and men control women. The word becomes an aspirational state, suggesting a woman crazy enough to break the rules and take on the world. Listen to Anupama Chopra's review to know more.
In the film Saina, starring Parineeti Chopra, writer-director Amole Gupte hits each of the usual sports film beats but also bungs in woman empowerment. Listen to Anupama Chopra's review to know more.
The team behind Hotstar's new web series OK Computer - Jackie Shroff, Radhika Apte, Vijay Varma & Anand Gandhi - chat with Anupama Chopra about the work that went into creating the futuristic world, their influences and what's in store for audiences.
Rana Daggubati speaks to Anupama Chopra about finding work-life balance post marriage, why his next film Haathi Mere Saathi was the therapy session he needed, and what it's like working with Pawan Kalyan on the official Telugu remake of Malayalam blockbuster film Ayyappanum Koshiyum.
Mumbai Saga is apparently inspired by true events. I think there is a compelling story here of how the contours and conscience of the city shifted in 1996 and what was lost when Bombay became Mumbai. But Sanjay isn’t really interested in that. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review to know more.
Be warned that Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, starring Parineeti Chopra & Arjun Kapoor in titular roles, doesn’t have the pacing that you might expect in a chase film. But ultimately, filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee steers it to a climax that is both stinging and satisfying. Listen to Anupama Chopra's full review to know more.…
The film Roohi tries to continue in the tradition of feminist horror forged by films like Pari, Stree and Bulbbul. Director Hardik Mehta and writers Mrighdeep Singh Lamba & Gautam Mehra use Roohi’s story to deliver a message of self-acceptance and finding your inner strength.
Ahead of the release of Roohi, Janhvi Kapoor & Rajkummar Rao speak to Anupama Chopra about the nerves before a theatrical release after a year, how the pandemic has changed what audiences expect and what their hoping to achieve with this horror-comedy.
MeToo, menopause, menstruation, motherhood, sex, adultery – it’s all here in Netflix India's Bombay Begums. These women, played by Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur & Aadhya Anand, lead fabulously messy lives filled with compromises and regrets. Here's Anupama Chopra's review of the series, to know more.…
How does one create imperfect women on screen? The team behind Netflix India's new series Bombay Begums speak to Anupama Chopra about the casting, workshops and what went into creating the real, flawed and perfectly imperfect women for the show. Here's the conversation with Alankrita Shrivastava, Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswani, Amruta Subhash, Aadhya…
The Mohanlal starrer Drishyam 2: The Resumption on Amazon Prime Video India directed by Jeethu Joseph, is a genuine sequel as opposed to the ones in which characters or worlds continue with minimal connection to the earlier work. Here's Anupama Chopra's review of the film.โดย Film Companion
The strength of Unfinished is that it’s in Priyanka Chopra’s voice. At one point, she writes: "I get to choose what I share and when I share it." Of course she does, but there are several places in which you wish the curation had been less sharp. Here's Anupama Chopra's take on the memoir.โดย Film Companion
Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, The Girl On The Train stars Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Avinash Tiwary & Kirti Kulhari. They chat with Anupama Chopra about adapting the film in Hindi, what about the film industry they would like to see change and why the term 'women oriented film' is actually derogatory.…
Debutant director Karishma Dube’s film Bittu is inspired by an infamous poisoning accident that took place in a government school in Bihar in 2013. Watch Anupama Chopra’s review to learn more about the film that has been shortlisted in the top 10 list in the Short Film in Live Action category for the 93rd Academy Awards.…
"The day this feels like a job, I promise I’ll stop acting" - Mohanlal speaks to Anupama Chopra about Drishyam 2 releasing on Amazon Prime Video, how he chooses his scripts and his most favourite film from his 43-year old career.โดย Film Companion, Anupama Chopra
I call it the 'in-between interviews' book - Priyanka Chopra Jonas chats with Anupama Chopra about her memoir Unfinished, building her career on supporting parts and the Hindi film she is very excited to do next.โดย Film Companion, Anupama Chopra
"Less than 5% of Indian directors are women" - Ekta Kapoor, Tahira Kashyap & Guneet Monga speak with Anupama Chopra about the gender gap in the industry that drove them to form #IndianWomenRising, sexist statements that they're now used to hearing and how filmmakers can reach their collective for help.…