Reena Chopra is an Indian artist who is known for being the mother of the famous Indian actress Parineeti Chopra.
Reena Malhotra Chopra was born on Wednesday, 30 December 1964 (age 58 years; as of 2022) in Singapore. She was brought up by her parents in Nairobi, Kenya. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. Reena did her schooling in Nairobi. Later, she moved to India from Kenya and pursued an Architectural Apprenticeship and Interior Design along with a second degree in IT and Management; however, owing to her marriage, she dropped out of her college. Influenced by the arts since childhood, Reeena was often appreciated for her artwork in school. In an interview, Reena talked about this and said,
I guess, I always had a good drawing hand because I remember being appreciated for my diagrams and projects in school and college, and thereafter even when helping my young children with theirs. However, I never painted formally, I only dabbled. It has always been an instinctive and fun activity for me. I didn’t actually wake up one morning and say, ‘Eureka! I’m an artist.’
Height: 5′ 1″ Instagram – Parineeti Chopra
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Reena Chopra was born to NRI parents. She has a sister named Aashima Malhotra.
Husband & Children
On 23 November 1986, Reena Chopra got married to Pawan Chopra, a businessman who works as a supplier to the Indian Army at Ambala Cantonment. Reena met Pawan in one of his singing concerts while she was pursuing her formal education in India. Reena Chopra, during an interview, talked about her marriage and said that owing to her upbringing in the NRI family in Nairobi, Kenya, she received a cultural shock after getting married in an Indian family. She said,
The move to India for my degree in Architectural Apprenticeship and Interior Design along with a second degree in IT and Management ended up with me being married in India and that too in a very small town called Ambala. 35 yrs ago it was practically non-existent in every way and a typical hinterland township with stereotypical thought processes and was a land forgotten by the world except for its military history. It was a major culture shock for me back then. These years, from coming from Kenya with a particularly open mindset and upbringing, to gingerly treading and overcoming all types of obstacles and regressive traditional ideologies during the following years is basically the inspiration behind a lot of my artwork…you can see the story of most girls back then and even now in my paintings.”
The couple’s eldest daughter, Parineeti Chopra, is an actress. Her son Sahaj Chopra is an entrepreneur. Reena’s youngest son, Shivang Chopra, is a doctor.
Reena Chopra follows Sikhism.
She belongs to the Khatri caste. FlickonClick
In 2016, Reena Chopra started her career as a professional artist. In an interview, Reena said that her daughter, Parineeti Chopra, and sons, Sahaj Chopra and Shivang Chopra influenced her to pursue a career as an artist. She said,
My tryst with art began 5 yrs ago when my daughter decided enough was enough…I had to do something for myself, something constructive and personal now that I was free from most domestic obligations that held me back from pursuing a career or hobby. The parents were gone, the children were grown up and independent and a system was put in place at home.She concurred with my boys and they decided to buy every conceivable art supply they could think of and gift it to me for my birthday. It was a very pleasant shock for me to be told “Don’t make any more excuses now and get down to business”!
Reena held art exhibitions in various places like Kenya, China, Paris, New Delhi, and Chandigarh. Sonam Kapoor, Nimrat Kaur and Sukhbir Singh are some of her celebrity clients.
- She is fondly called ‘Chotu’ by her daughter, Parineeti Chopra. Instagram – Parineeti Chopra
- Reena Chopra follows a non-vegetarian diet. Instagram – Reena Chopra
- She often posts her artwork on social media.
- Fond of reading novels, Reena’s favourite author is Enid Blyton. In an interview, she talked about the book she likes to read and said,
Initially, the only way I could lose myself in something exciting was through reading… as a young child, my birthday gifts were Enid Blytons followed by the make-believe worlds of Alfred Hitchcock, Willard Price, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Georgette Hayer, Alistair Maclain, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum….the list is endless.
- In her leisure time, Reena enjoys swimming, tasting different cuisines, and cooking.