(Last Updated on : 09-03-2016)
Madhur Bhandarkar is an Indian film director
, screenwriter and producer
, who has made many critically and commercial successful films, the highlighting facet of them being the realism incorporated. He is a National Award
winning filmmaker, having won 3 National Awards - for Best Direction
, Best Feature Film
and Best Film on Other Social Issues
. His 2008 drama film Fashion, set in the world of modelling, earned him several accolades including nominations in the Best Director
and Best Screenplay
awards, in the Filmfare Awards
. He was recently invited as the special Guest of Honour for the first International Yoga Day (June 21) celebrations at the United Nations in New York. He has been most recently conferred with the Padma Shri
, Indias fourth highest civilian honour
, by the Government of India
Early Life of Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar was born on August 26, 1968, to a Marathi
speaking family. A school drop out and hailing for a middle-class family, Madhur had to take up various odd jobs, which included running a video library in Khar (West), a suburb in Mumbai, at the age of 16 and dropping cassettes door-to-door to people ranging from film stars to dance bar girls. This gave him access to a large collection of movies through which he studied the techniques of film making. He also sold chewing gums at traffic signals and worked as an assistant to small time directors. He later became an assistant to filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma
, assisting him in the film Rangeela and playing a cameo in the same.
Career of Madhur Bhandarkar
After assisting Ram Gopal Varma in Rangeela, Madhur Bhandarkar made his directorial debut with the film Trishakti released in 1999, which took more than 3 years to complete. The film failed to perform at the box office. After two years he came up with the film Chandni Bar, released in 2001, starring Tabu
and Atul Kulkarni
, with a budget of 1.5 Crores Indian Rupees. The film received critical acclaim and success at the box office, taking Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in the industry. The film was set in the background of the Mumbai
underworld, incorporating issues like prostitution and gun crime. Madhur received the National Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues for Chandni Bar.
After Chandni Bar, Madhur directed another critically acclaimed film Satta (2003) set in Indian politics
, featuring Raveena Tandon
in the lead role, and thereafter Aan: Men at Work, set in the background of Indian police fighting crime. His next film Page 3, featuring Konkona Sen Sharma
depicted the Page 3 culture (tabloid culture of media
) in cosmopolitan cities. The film received wide critical appraisal and received 3 National Film Awards, including the Golden Lotus Award for Best Feature Film. His next release Corporate
, featuring Bipasha Basu
, was again critically acclaimed and immensely successful at the box office, set in the corporate world of business, power and politics. It was followed by Traffic Signal
released in 2007, which garnered Bhandarkar National Award for Best Direction.
His next film Fashion earned him numerous accolades. Set in the world of modelling, the film received immense critical appraisal and was also successful at the box office. It featured Priyanka Chopra
in the lead role, whose performance was honoured with the National film Award for Best Actress. He next directed a prison drama film Jail (2009), romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011), dramas Heroine (2012) and Calendar Girls (2015).
Directorial Approach of Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar depicts off beat and socially relevant themes in his films, with realistic content that is showcased in a hard-hitting manner. Most of his films see feminism forming the centre with female protagonists. The lead actresses
in 7 such films included Tabu
in Chandni Bar, Raveena Tandon
in Satta, Konkona Sen Sharma in Page 3, Bipasha Basu in Corporate, Neetu Chandra
in Traffic Signal, Priyanka Chopra in Fashion and Kareena Kapoor Khan
in Heroine. As he himself puts it, his movies mirror a reflection of the society and are not judgmental. He has also depicted homosexual characters in his films Page 3, Traffic Signal and Fashion.
Awards and Honours received by Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar, for his films and the modus operandi have earned numerous accolades and his films have achieved global recognition, being featured in various International Film Festivals. He has been conferred with many film awards, the most prominent honours being:
Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian honour, by the Government of India in 2016
National Film Awards:
Best Film on Other Social Issues for Chandni Bar in 2002
Best Feature Film for Page 3 in 2005
Best Direction for Traffic Signal in 2007
Sophia Awards at Syracuse International Film Festival 2014
British Honour - the Creative Spirit and Visionary Director's Award for 2013-14 - at the House of Commons, London, United Kingdom
Best Director for his Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema by the Ministry of Culture, Russia, in 2009
Gangasharan Singh Award by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in 2009
Raj Kapoor Smriti Award by the Government of Maharashtra for excellent contribution to Indian Cinema, in 2014
TSR TV9 Award for "Bollywood Creative Film Maker" in July 2015
Madhur was also conferred the PL Deshpande Award, also known as Zenith Asia Award, for significantly shaping the film making culture with his distinct works, recognised as the Film Maker of the First Decade of the 21st Century. His film Chandni Bar was also screened at the awards ceremony, amongst landmark 25 films from world cinema. In November 2010, the 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 preserved in Government's Archival data for Indian films.
Personal Life of Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar married girlfriend Renu Namboodiri Bhandarkar on December 15, 2003, in Mumbai and they have a daughter named Siddhi. He is an ardent devotee of the Hindu God
Siddhivinayak and walks from his home in Khar to the temple
every Tuesday. Madhur also visits Vaishno Devi Temple
in Jammu & Kashmir
and the Golden Temple
, on a regular basis.
Filmography of Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar has written, directed and co-produced the following films.
||Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
||Director, Writer (Story & Screenplay), Co-producer
||Director, Writer (Dialogue, Screenplay & Story)
||Director, Writer (Screenplay)
||Director, Writer (Dialogue)
||Aan: Men at Work
||Director, Writer (Dialogue & Story)
||Director, Writer (Dialogue & Story)
Madhur Bhandarkar also produced and directed Heroin - Zindagi Ke Panno Se, a TV series that aired on Sony TV
as a part of Specials @ 10 in 2009, featuring Neena Gupta
and showcased a different story every episode. Each episode featured different women from different walks of life - a housewife, an actress and a mother, each one having same concept of how these women were the true "heroines" in life.