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Bollywood producer BR Chopra dies

Poster of The Burning Train
The Burning Train was one of Chopra's biggest hits

Veteran Bollywood filmmaker and producer BR Chopra has died in the western Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay)at the age of 94.

Mr Chopra was best known as the producer of films like Naya Daur (1957) and The Burning Train (1980).

He also produced a successful TV serial Mahabharata, based on the Indian epic, in the late 1980s.

Mr Chopra won the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest honour in Indian cinema presented by the government.

Born in Punjab in undivided India, Mr Chopra studied at the Lahore university. After partition, he migrated to Delhi.

Settling down in Mumbai (also known as Bombay) to pursue a career in filmmaking, Mr Chopra set up a production house and produced over 30 films.

BR Chopra
Chopra came from a family of film-makers

He became a household name with such films as Naya Daur (1957), Humraz (1967) and Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980).

Mr Chopra's brother, Yash, is also a prominent filmmaker.

He is survived by his son, Ravi Chopra - also a filmmaker - and two daughters.

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