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Sanju producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra says he thought director Rajkumar Hirani had lost his mind when he announced his intention of making a biopic on Sanjay Dutt.

The Mission Kashmir (2000) director returns to the valley with this project, which will depict the exodus of the Kashmiri pandits from their homeland in the 1990s.

In 1981, Vidhu Vinod Chopra started his directorial career with the Naseeruddin Shah-starrer Sazaye Maut. Later, the film-maker and the actor also teamed up on Vidhu's 1985 film, Khamosh.

Even though he recently released his Hollywood project, Broken Horses, film-maker Vidhu Vinod Chopra feels that the American film industry actually looks down on Bollywood.

As a way of preserving the legacy of his productions, as well as giving back to the world of cinema, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has been publishing the screenplays of some of his films.

Film-maker Dibakar Banerjee, who met one of his contemporaries, Vidhu Vinod Chopra at a city event, seems to have found a producer for his film in Chopra.

He has already earned the rare distinction of being the first-ever Indian film-maker to helm a true-blue Hollywood film. Now, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is set for another feat - a Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles, USA.

Some of Bollywood's biggest hits - the Munna Bhai films (2003, 2006), 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014) - feature in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's solid CV as a producer.

Last year, on October 2, two big films hit the screens - Bang Bang and Haider - both of which went on to make money at the box office.

He was born in a Punjabi family that was settled in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. But like hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits, Vidhu Vinod Chopra's family, too, had to flee the state as the insurgency began in the early 1990s.