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Madhur Bhandarkar: Models may not have the position CALENDAR GIRLS have



September 21, 2015 6:08:53 PM IST
By Shaheen Irani, Glamsham Editorial
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You would've seen CALENDAR GIRLS trailer, and after looking at it, a thought might have crossed your mind somewhere if the movie is similar to Madhur Bhandarkar's earlier film FASHION.

In an exclusive interview with Madhur Bhandarkar when we popped the question what is so different about CALENDAR GIRLS (especially since it so much resembles FASHION), he said, “FASHION is completely different. Let's put it this way – There's SATYA and COMPANY. Both are underworld films, yet they are drastically different. And both are super hits.”

FASHION, MADHUR BHANDHKAR AND CALENDAR GIRLS
FASHION, MADHUR BHANDHKAR AND CALENDAR GIRLS

Agreed, Madhur ji. Further talking about his earlier movies, Madhur elaborated, “There are filmmakers who make romantic cinema, historical cinema, period cinema and candy flosses. There are so many stories and subjects in glamour world. Look at FASHION, it is talking about a model, about her career, how she goes ballistic in her life and how she holds her ground. HEROINE is about a superstar, a person who's actually enjoying stardom and at the verge of getting declined, she also held on and then she goes mad for stardom.”

Telling us how CALENDAR GIRLS is different, Madhur Bhandarkar adds, “In CALENDAR GIRLS, we are only talking about five girls and their journey of one year. That's what we strictly talk about. They're specifically called CALENDAR GIRLS and not models. Model is definitely a name, but now any agency will pay a model lesser money than a Calendar Girl. That's what my research says. Now if she's a Calendar Girl of a big company, she gets better money than a model. So it's a different thing.”

Further enlightening us on what CALENDAR GIRLS are, Madhur Bhandarkar said, “What position these CALENDAR GIRLS have, a model may not have that position, unless she's a supermodel. CALENDAR GIRLS have specifics, they have a title like Miss India.  She was a model, but now she's Miss India. Similarly, ‘Calendar Girls' is a title. The struggle between a model and a Calendar Girl is vast. It's like a person standing outside the mall and then getting inside the mall – there's vast difference. A model may get an ordinary payment, but CALENDAR GIRLS get their due, because it is an achievement who are chosen from 60-70 girls who go through a contest. Calendar Girl has earned by her general knowledge, body and the personality she carries. Model can come and pose anywhere and she becomes a model, but CALENDAR GIRLS have a process. So it is nowhere close to FASHION or HEROINE.”

But Madhur ji even understands where the comparisons came from. He said, “Now the problem is – she's posing or the girls are walking, then people say it's similar to FASHION. How can you compare them?”

All of those who were still busy comparing, hope Madhur Bhandarkar has cleared your doubts now.

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