Indian filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar is a genius. Not in the Einstein sense, but in the sense of how to make great films. He knows what audiences want and goes for it. Come hell or high water.
Bhandarkar, 45, is one of India’s prolific movie makers and one of the most sought after directors in Bollywood today. His reality based subject matter mixed in with his brilliant way of directing, all equals great cinema appreciated by audiences around the world. His films are fictional but have a strong sense of realism in the undertones of each story.
His most recent film Heroine focused on the life of a young Bollywood wannabe actress trying to make it in the tough and highly competitive Indian film industry. The protagonist was played by Kareena Kapoor, one of the top stars in Bollywood. The film played to packed movie houses for months. Again, the Midas touch of Bhandarkar.
The Mumbai born acclaimed director has won more National Awards (India’s equivalent to the Oscars) then any other director in India today. In 2009, the acclaimed director also won the India’s Presidential Award for his contribution to Indian cinema. Not bad for someone who has only been in the industry for 12 years.
Bhandarkar was in NY recently as part of Ticket To Bollywood, a two-day amazing film conference produced by Molecule Communications showcasing Bhandarkar’s work while allowing audience interaction with the director, something of a rarity with Bollywood celebrities.
“You couldn’t meet this guy in India even if you camped outside of his house for days,” said one striking Indian girl carrying a picture of Bhandarkar to get signed.
“I’ve seen every one of his films. The man knows how to make films that people for generations will appreciate,” stated one beautiful Indian girl with stunning features and a statuesque build.
The Ravi Report was lucky enough to catch up with the filmmaker to talk about his films, his journey and Hollywood.
RR: You are well-known in NY and were recently honored with the prestigious ‘New York Citizen’s Achievement Award’ by the Counsel General of India. Do you have a sense of connection with New York and if so, in what way?