Madhur Bhandarkar is an Indian film director, writer, and producer. He is known for his realistic filmmaking and has received critical acclaim for his work. He was born on 26 August 1968 in Mumbai. He got a job in a video cassette library in Khar, a Mumbai suburb, where he supplied video cassettes on a bicycle. It was here that he found out a treasure trove of movies and made the most of the opportunity to study film-making. He initially worked as an assistant with some filmmakers and eventually got the chance to work as an associate director to
Ram Gopal Varma for the film
Rangeela (1995). He also played a cameo in this movie. After some years, he made his directorial debut with the movie Trishakti, which was released in 1999. The movie went relatively unnoticed at the box office. Two years later, he directed Chandni Bar (2001) starring Tabu and
Atul Kulkarni. This movie drew inspiration from the life of bar girls and was made on a budget of Rs. 15 million. The film was a box office success and garnered critical acclaim. He bagged his first National Award for this film.
He then went on to make Page 3 in 2005, which revolved around the life of celebrities. In 2006, he made Corporate, which focused on life in a corporate world. In 2007, he made the film
Traffic Signal. Both, Page 3 and Traffic Signal, won National Awards. He produced and directed the much-acclaimed movie
Fashion (2008), which won
Priyanka Chopra the Best Actress Award and
Kangana Ranaut the Best Supporting Actress Award. He made movies like Jail (2009), Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji (2011) and Heroine (2012). The majority of his movies tend to have female protagonists. His approach to filmmaking has been from a realistic angle. He was awarded the P L Deshpande Award a.k.a. Zenith Asia Award for his significant contribution and shaping to filmmaking. He has been described as ‘the Film Maker of the First Decade of the 21st Century’.
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Madhur Bhandarkar, born on the 26th of August 1968 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, is an Indian film director, scriptwriter, and producer. Bhandarkar came from a middle-class Konkani speaking family. He is a school drop-out. He had various jobs, because of his family’s social status. He worked at a video cassette library as a run boy and dropped off cassettes to people from all walks of life including dance bar girls and film stars. He also sold chewing gum and worked as an assistant to small time directors for a salary of 1000. He also travelled to Muscat in search for work. He is a great devotee of the Hindu God Siddhivinayak and has been walking from his house in Khar, Mumbai to the temple every Tuesday for the past 16 years. He took motivation for the film “Corporate” from the Coke – Pepsi controversy, which was according to him the most difficult film. He has been invited to convey lectures on corporate issues to management students after the release of “Corporate.”
Bhandarkar married his girlfriend, Renu Namboodiri on December 15, 2003, in Mumbai, and brought into the world their daughter named Siddhi. He played his first cameo in his 1995 film “Rangeela,” where he was the subordinate director to Ram Gopal Varma. A couple of years later he made his directorial debut with “Trishakti,” which took more than three years in the making and was finally released in the year 1999. The film had a relatively low key cast and was largely ignored at the box office. In 2001, he directed “Chandni Bar,” which was disparagingly commented and a box office success. This took Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in Bollywood. He was given his first National Award for this film and thereon won National awards for his films “Page-3” and “Traffic Signal”. His movie “Fashion” in 2008 also won National Awards for Best Actress (Priyanka Chopra) and Best Supporting Actress (Kangana Ranaut).
He has been pronounced as “The Film Maker of the First Decade of the 21st Century.” And In November 2010 National Film Archive of India (NFAI) announced to preserve all the films of Madhur Bhandarkar. Chandni Bar, Page-3, Corporate, Traffic Signal, Fashion, and Jail found space in Government's Archival data for Indian films. In most of his films, Bhandarkar's protagonists are female. Madhur was known for his hard-hitting and realistic films, which mirrors the society.