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Pamela Chopra (born 1938) is a Bollywood playback singer. She is the widow of veteran film director Yash Chopra. She has also written and produced several films.

Pamela Chopra
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Pamela Chopra with husband Yash Chopra (right) in 2011
Born
Pamela Singh

1938 (age 80–81)
NationalityIndian
Other namesPam Chopra
OccupationPlayback singer, film producer, writer
Spouse(s)Yash Chopra (1970-2012; his death)
ChildrenAditya Chopra
Uday Chopra

Early lifeEdit

Chopra was born as Pamela Singh, the daughter of Mohinder Singh, an officer in the Indian Army. The eldest of three children, she has two younger brothers. Since her father was posted in several remote locations all over India, Chopra was educated at several army schools. She is a cousin of the actress Simi Garewal. Chopra's father Mohinder Singh and Garewal's mother Darshi Garewal were siblings.[1]

MarriageEdit

Chopra married the film-maker Yash Chopra in 1970. The marriage was arranged by their families in the traditional Indian manner. The two families had a common friend, the mother of film-maker Romesh Sharma (producer of the blockbuster Hum). Sharma contacted the wife of BR Chopra and suggested that Pamela Singh would be 'the ideal bride' for BR's younger brother Yash Chopra.[2] "She was not wrong because we had a wonderful marriage", Pamela was to say forty years later in an interview. The couple met each other for the first time in a formal setting and found each other agreeable. The wedding was held in 1970.

They have two sons together, Aditya (b. 1971) and Uday (b. 1973).[3] Aditya Chopra is a film producer and director. He is married to the actress Rani Mukerji. Uday Chopra is an actor and film producer.

CareerEdit

Chopra has dabbled in several fields connected to film. She has sung several film songs, all of them for her husband's films, from Kabhie Kabhie (1976) to Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002). Her name also appeared in the capacity of 'producer' on the credits of films made and directed by her husband. However, the 1993 film Aaina was independently produced by her.[4] She also co-wrote the script of her husband's 1997 film Dil To Pagal Hai along with son Aditya Chopra, Tanuja Chandra and Yash Chopra. She has also appeared on screen on one single occasion: in the opening song "Ek Duje Ke Vaaste" of the film Dil To Pagal Hai, where she and her husband appeared together. As a schoolgirl, she had learnt Bharatanatyam, but she has never performed in public.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit

Playback singerEdit

Year Film Song Co-singers Music director
1976 Kabhie Kabhie "Surkh Jode Ki Yeh Jagmagahat" Lata Mangeshkar Khayyam
1977 Doosra Aadmi "Angna Ayenge Sanvariya" Deven Verma and chorus Rajesh Roshan
1978 Trishul "Ja Ri Bahena Ja" K. J. Yesudas, Kishore Kumar Khayyam
1979 Noorie  • "Ashiq Ho To Aisa Ho"
 • "Uske Khel Nirale"
 • Mahendra Kapoor, Jagjit Kaur
 • Jagjit Kaur, Anwar
Khayyam
1979 Kaala Patthar "Jaggaya Jaggaya" Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. Mohan Rajesh Roshan
1981 Silsila "Khudse Waada Kiya" Solo Shiv-Hari
1982 Bazaar "Chale Aao Saiyaan"
1982 Sawaal "Idhar Aa Sitamgar" Jagjit Kaur Khayyam
1984 Lorie
1985 Faasle Mora Banna Dulhan Leke Aaya"
1989 Chandni "Main Sasural Nahi Jaaungi" Chorus Shiv-Hari
1991 Lamhe "Freak Out (Parody Song)" Sudesh Bhonsle Shiv-Hari
1993 Darr "Meri Maa Ne Laga Diye" Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy Shiv-Hari
1993 Aaina "Banno Ki Aayegi Baraat" Solo Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge "Ghar Aaja Pardesi" Manpreet Kaur Jatin Lalit
2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge! "The Medley" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam Recreated by Rahul Sharma

Other rolesEdit

Year Film Credited as Notes
1976 Kabhie Kabhie Writer
1981 Silsila Dress designer
1982 Sawaal Dress designer
1993 Aaina Producer
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Associate producer
1997 Dil To Pagal Hai Co-producer
Screenwriter
2000 Mohabbatein Associate producer
2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Associate producer
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Associate producer
2004 Veer-Zaara Associate producer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Parker, Shaheen (24 October 2012). "Yashji was always Pam's priority: Simi Garewal". Mumbai: Mid Day. Retrieved 24 January 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Interview with Pamela Chopra
  3. ^ "The life and times of Yash Chopra". Pune Mirror. 22 October 2012. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Vijayakar, Rajiv (25 October 2012). "Women in Yash Chopra's films". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 24 January 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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