Blockbuster Hindi film director and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra's elder brother, Vir Chopra, passed away due to COVID-19 complications on July 5. He was 54. The news of Vir Chopra's demise was confirmed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra's wife, film critic Anupama Chopra, on Thursday as she posted a photo of her husband and Vir on Instagram. Sharing the picture from 2009, Anupama wrote, "Vinod always said that Vir was his better version - nice to a fault (no ma-behen gaalis), highly educated (PhD from London School of Economics) and measured instead of volatile. They looked so alike that when VC and I first got married, people would congratulate Vir. Forever now, his memory remains our blessing. Photo take at the premier of 3 Idiots."


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Condolences on Vir Chopra's death poured in from fans and many notable film personalities in the comments section of Anupama's social media post. Mourning Vir's death, filmmaker Homi Adajania's wife, fashion stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania wrote, "So sorry for your loss." One person commented, "Sorry to hear about this. I’ve been reading VVC’s book Unscripted, and he talks so fondly about Vir. Also remember the episode from Zee’s Jeena Issi ka naam Hai." Another fan wrote, "I know you might not read dm of your followers but on a personal note Mr Vir chopra was my grandfather's childhood friend and hearing about his loss he was devastated So I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family."

Vir Chopra was also a producer and worked with his brother Vidhu Vinod Chopra, on films like 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S and Lage Raho Munna Bhai</strong>. He also served as a creative producer in films like Mission Kashmir, Parineeta, Ferrari Ki Sawaari</strong>, Broken Horses and Kareeb