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Madhur Bhandarkar: I don't want success to corrupt me!

February 26, 2008 7:14:40 PM IST
Bollywood Trade News Network
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Madhur Bhandarkar on Directors CutThey call him Bollywood's 'realistic' filmmaker - the one who tackles subjects most others consider too risky. And yet, he finds acceptance every time, both critical and commercial. Thanks to his hard-hitting, socially relevant work, Madhur Bhandarkar has evolved into a brand. An enthusiastic, talented director, he has carved a distinctive niche for himself in an incredibly short span of time.

Why does Madhur Bhandarkar do what he does? What compels him to tackle the subjects he does? Kabir Bedi tries to find out on Director's Cut this Sunday, on Zoom.

Apparently, as a child, Bhandarkar always assumed a director was the least significant person responsible for a film, considering his name rolled in last on the credit list. He speaks about his past - running a video library business, odd jobs as a clapper, wardrobe boy and crowd manager, before his first break as director. While sharing experiences about successes like CHANDNI BAR and PAGE 3, he also speaks about the inspiration he derived from his first flop, TRISHAKTI, which motivated him to make a different kind of cinema.

In his younger days, Bhandarkar's family considered him good for nothing. Today, he is among the most successful directors around, with two National Awards to his name. He refers to himself as a middle class person who doesn't want success to corrupt him. "I don't ever want to lose my ground," he says. "I still eat street food. The only difference is, earlier I watched a film in the stalls, now I watch it from the balcony."

As Kabir Bedi grills the filmmaker about the controversies he is often surrounded with, and his views on the legendary casting couch, a number of secrets are revealed.


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