‘THE YOUTH NEED TO KNOW OUR HIS­TORY’

Says film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar, who is com­ing up with a film on the Emer­gency pe­riod in In­dia

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Film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar is work­ing on the post-pro­duc­tion of his next film based on Emer­gency in In­dia — a 21-month pe­riod from 1975 to 1977, when Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi de­clared a state of emer­gency across the coun­try. The film­maker, says that it is a “sen­si­tive and volatile” topic. “It’s im­por­tant for the youth of the na­tion to know about our his­tory. I’ve al­ways been fear­less when it comes to choos­ing sub­jects for my films. The events in my film are based on real in­ci­dents with fic­tion­al­i­sa­tion. This is a story that needs to be told,” he says.

Bhan­darkar’s films have al­ways had a strong con­nect with the real world. The fact that he was a school drop-out who worked at a video-cas­sette li­brary, has given him a deep in­sight into the mid­dle class so­ci­ety. “The pro­tag­o­nists in my films usu­ally have a mid­dle­class back­ground. This is be­cause I came from that back­ground. My films are com­mer­cial hits, crit­i­cally­ac­claimed and have even won Na­tional awards. I feel con­tent with brand of real and top­i­cal films that I have cre­ated. I’m happy in my zone,” he says.

Bhan­darkar is glad that he has been able to make films that the com­mon peo­ple can re­late to. “Many peo­ple tell me how they re­call the prayer meet scene in Page 3 (2005), when­ever they at­tend a party, or how they have stopped buy­ing straw­ber­ries at the traf­fic sig­nal, re­fer­ring to a scene in Traf­fic Sig­nal (2007). I think ev­ery film has its own charm and el­e­ment,” he says.

There have been talks about a se­quel to his film Fash­ion, but the di­rec­tor isn’t in a hurry to make one. “I do have an idea for the se­quel to Fash­ion but it needs some work,” he says.

The pro­tag­o­nists in my films usu­ally have a mid­dle­class back­ground. This is be­cause I came from that back­ground MAD­HUR BHAN­DARKAR, FILM­MAKER

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