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Pamela Chopra

Pamela Chopra

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

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

1938 (age 8384)
Other namesPam Chopra
OccupationPlayback singer, film producer, writer
(m. 1970; died 2012)
ChildrenAditya Chopra
Uday Chopra
RelativesSimi Garewal (first cousin)

Early life

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]


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 is a film producer and director. He is married to actress Rani Mukerji. Uday is an actor and film producer.


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 certain films made by her husband. However, the 1993 film Aaina was independently produced by her.[4] Pamela co-wrote the script of her husband's 1997 film Dil To Pagal Hai along with her husband Yash Chopra, her son Aditya Chopra and professional writer Tanuja Chandra. She has 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, Pamela had learnt Bharatanatyam, but she has never performed in public.[1]

Selected filmography

Playback singer

YearFilmSongCo-singersMusic director
1976Kabhie Kabhie"Surkh Jode Ki Yeh Jagmagahat"Lata MangeshkarKhayyam
1977Doosra Aadmi"Angna Ayenge Sanvariya"Deven Verma and chorusRajesh Roshan
1978Trishul"Ja Ri Bahena Ja"K. J. Yesudas, Kishore KumarKhayyam
1979Noorie  "Ashiq Ho To Aisa Ho"
  "Uske Khel Nirale"
  Mahendra Kapoor, Jagjit Kaur
  Jagjit Kaur, Anwar
1979Kaala Patthar"Jaggaya Jaggaya"Mahendra Kapoor, S.K. MohanRajesh Roshan
1981Silsila"Khudse Waada Kiya"SoloShiv-Hari
1982Bazaar"Chale Aao Saiyaan"
1982Sawaal"Idhar Aa Sitamgar"Jagjit KaurKhayyam
1985FaasleMora Banna Dulhan Leke Aaya"
1989Chandni"Main Sasural Nahi Jaaungi"ChorusShiv-Hari
1991Lamhe"Freak Out (Parody Song)"Sudesh BhonsleShiv-Hari
1993Darr"Meri Maa Ne Laga Diye"Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita KrishnamurthyShiv-Hari
1993Aaina"Banno Ki Aayegi Baraat"SoloDilip Sen-Sameer Sen
1995Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge"Ghar Aaja Pardesi"Manpreet KaurJatin–Lalit
2002Mujhse Dosti Karoge!"The Medley"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Sonu NigamRecreated by Rahul Sharma

Other roles

YearFilmCredited asNotes
1976Kabhie KabhieWriter
1981SilsilaDress designer
1982SawaalDress designer
1995Dilwale Dulhania Le JayengeAssociate producer
1997Dil To Pagal HaiCo-producer
2000MohabbateinAssociate producer
2002Mujhse Dosti Karoge!Associate producer
2002Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi HaiAssociate producer
2004Veer-ZaaraAssociate producer


  1. Parker, Shaheen (24 October 2012). "Yashji was always Pam's priority: Simi Garewal". Mid-Day. Mumbai. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  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.
  4. Vijayakar, Rajiv (25 October 2012). "Women in Yash Chopra's films". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
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