Many filmmakers come and go but there are few who achieve the status of what Padma Shri and National Award winner, Madhur Bhandarkar has achieved.
Having started with Ram Gopal Verma as an Assistant Director in the initial days of his career, Madhur later went on to direct his first film, ‘Trishakti’ which bombed badly at the box office.
But Madhur wasn’t one of those who would bow down to failure. He came back stronger than ever with his masterpiece, ‘Chandni Bar’, starring Tabu, that got him the recognition he always deserved.
And from there on, there was no looking back for him. Several hits like ‘Aan – Men at Work’, ‘Fashion’, ‘Heroine’, ‘Traffic Signal’ and many more made him a niche director in his own right which caused the audience to form the perception that, ‘If it’s a Madhur Bhandarkar film, it is women centric and with a positive message’.
Success never got the better of him and he always continued to remember his roots by being his humble best. He is also extremely religious.
That’s why you often see him posing with tea and fruit sellers and talking all positive about them and always standing up for them, something which we hardly see in people today.
That’s also why maybe he often sets out to bond with his Mumbai chai’wala friends to have tea with them. Well, hard to remember who was the last Bollywood celebrity we saw bonding with the common people this well?
On the work front, Madhur is expected to work on his next, ‘Inspector Ghalib’ soon.