Madhur Bhandarkar PROFILE
Madhur Bhandarkar was born on 26th August 1968 in a Maharashtrian Saraswat Brahmin family; he is a National Award winning Indian filmmaker and script writer. He is best known for the films 'Chandni Bar' (2002), 'Page 3' (2005), 'Traffic Signal' (2007), 'Fashion' (2008). Madhur Bhandarkar ran a video cassette library in Khar (w), a suburb of Mumbai. This gave him access to a large collection of movies and he studied film making through it. After trying his hand at production and various other stints including working as an assistant to film director Ashok Gaikwad, Bhandarkar landed up as an assistant to Ram Gopal Varma. He even played a small role in his 1995 film 'Rangeela'. In the same year he made a pilot episode of a TV serial 'Apne Rang Hazaar' but did not find success. A couple of years later he made his directorial debut with 'Trishakti' which took more than two years to complete and released in 1999.
The film had a relatively low key cast and was largely ignored at the box office. After two years he directed 'Chandni Bar' (2001) starring Tabu and Atul Kulkarni. The film was a critically acclaimed success, which took Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in Bollywood. He received his first National Award for this film. Bhandarkar is a great devotee of the Hindu God Siddhivinayak and would walk barefoot from his residence in Khar to Prabhadevi on Tuesdays when in town. According to him, the film 'Corporate' was his most difficult film as people in corporate world would shun him after he bared 'Page 3' culture in his earlier film. He took inspiration for the film Corporate from the Coke Pepsi controversy.
He is not even a graduate but he has been invited to deliver lectures on corporate issues to management students after his film 'Corporate'. Bhandarkar married his girlfriend Renu Namboodiri Bhandarkar on December 15, 2003 in Mumbai. They now have a daughter named Siddhi. Madhur is the life member of International Film and Television Research Centre of Asian Academy of Film & Television, Noida. He then made another critically acclaimed film 'Satta' in the year 2003. Bhandarkar roped in Konkona Sen Sharma for his next film 'Page 3' (2005). The film did very well at the box office, was favored by the critics, and made him a recipient of National Awards for the second time.
His next release was 'Corporate' (2006), exposing the dark side of the business world followed by 'Traffic Signal' (2007) which was again praised by the critics. The 54th National Film Awards Jury has chosen him for Best Director award for 'Traffic Signal', giving him his third National Film Award. The year 2008 saw the release of his expose of the Fashion world, by his film 'Fashion' starring Priyanka Chopra , Kangana Ranaut and Mugdha Godse in lead roles. Madhur Bhandarkar is known for his socially relevant and hard hitting films. He is the one of the greatest Film directors India has produced.
On July 2004, he was accused for casting couch and a case was filed by Preeti Jain. She stated she slept with him from 1999 to 2004 as he promised her a role in a movie and marriage. On September 2005, Jain was arrested as she gave Rs. 70,000 to the underworld people to have him killed. However in January 2006, the Versova Police Station had asked a magistrate at Railway Mobile Court in Andheri for the classification of the case against him as 'B' summary and dismissed it as during investigation the police found out that the complaint filed against Bhandarkar is false.
In most of his films, Bhandarkar has made the female the main protagonist. This has been seen in five of his films namely Tabu in 'Chandni Bar', Raveena Tandon in 'Satta', Konkona Sen Sharma in 'Page 3', Bipasha Basu in 'Corporate', and Priyanka Chopra in 'Fashion'.
He also showed gay characters in his films 'Page 3', 'Traffic signal', 'Fashion' to name a few. His next film ‘Jail’ with Neil Nitin Mukesh did not work well at the box-office.
In 2010, Madhur tried his hand at comedy with ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’. The film, starring Ajay Devgn, Omi Vaidya and Emraan Hashmi did average business at the box-office. His ambitious venture ‘Heroine’ originally starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However, post her pregnancy, Kareena Kapoor was taken on board as the leading lady in the film. ‘Heroine’, starring Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda, despite being panned by the critics opened well.