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Madhur Bhandarkar
Also known as:Madhur
Occupation:Director • Dialogue Writer • Producer • Screenplay • Writer • Actor
Born:August 26, 1968
Birthplace:Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spouse:Renu Namboodiri

Known for making hard-hitting movies that reflect reality as it is, Madhur Bhandarkar is a four-time National Award winning director, scriptwriter and producer. His journey in the film industry started when we worked in a video cassette library, giving him the opportunity to watch movies and fall for the art of filmmaking. After working as an assistant with several small-time filmmakers, Madhur got the opportunity to work with Ram Gopal Verma.

With his foot in the door, Madhur was able to direct his first feature film Trishakti (1999). While the movie was not received well, his second movie Chandni Bar (2001) shot him to success. It garnered him his first National Award and was a box office success. Over the years Madhur came to be included in India`s finest filmmakers, having made critically acclaimed films like Page 3 (2005), Traffic Signal (2007) and Fashion (2008). He has received numerous awards, been nominated as a member of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, and has even represented India at film festivals. His more recent works include Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), Heroine (2012), and Calendar Girls (2015).
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Karan Johar
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
David Dhawan
Ashutosh Gowariker
Renu Namboodiri
Siddhi Bhandarkar
Shanta Bhandarkar
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Did You Know? (7)

  • At one point, Madhur Bhandarkar dropped out of school and had to take up odd jobs like selling chewing gum at signals.
  • Madhur Bhandarkar once worked at a video cassette library, which is where he watched movies and learnt filmmaking.
  • Madhur Bhandarkar started his career as an assistant director to small-time directors, earning as little as INR 1000.
  • Madhur Bhandarkar was seen making a cameo appearance in the 1995 romantic comedy-drama Rangeela.
  • Madhur’s directorial debut was the 1999 drama Trishakti, which was largely ignored at the box-office. However, it took him three years to complete that movie.
  • In 2010, National Film Archive of India announced that it would preserve Madhur Bhandarkar’s movies such as Chandni Bar, Page-3, Corporate, Traffic Signal, Fashion and Jail in the Government's Archival Data for Indian films.
  • According to Madhur Bhandarkar, his most difficult movie was Corporate since most of the corporate firms turned him away after he mirrored the page 3 culture with the movie Page 3.
  • Personal Quotes (6)

  • "After 'Chandni Bar' there was a shutdown of such bars in Mumbai. After 'Page 3' people started avoiding such events. 'Traffic Signal' exposed the money flow through the mafia. I'm not apologetic about the brutal truth in my films. Almost 70% of my films are based on reality, and 30% I fictionalize or change to suit my film."
  • "Films are meant solely to provide entertainment. There are no lessons to be learnt and and inferences to be drawn. Has anyone become dutiful and law abiding after seeing a film that espouses these very virtues? Films can do no more than influence fashion, decor, and hairstyle trends."
  • "While Hollywood has had a huge influence on the Indian industry, Bollywood and its actors, too, are garnering a lot of attention in the western film world."
  • "I like to leave a film open-ended, with a lingering feeling. I'll not do sequels of any of my films till I have subjects to explore."
  • "I think as a filmmaker one should make all kinds of films. It is not that one should make only one kind of film. I love to see romantic films; I loved watching 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,' 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.' If I make such films, I will make it with my yardstick, according to my parameters."
  • "Indian cinema is no more limited to audiences in India. We have viewers all around the world, and hence, understanding the global perspective is a must. Cinema Beyond Boundaries would get the viewers and the filmmakers together and would help us in serving them with good quality cinema."
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