‘Friend­ship in Bol­ly­wood is su­per­fi­cial’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee

Film­maker Madhur Bhandarkar has been in Bol­ly­wood for 10 years and has worked with some of the big­gest names. How­ever, the 49-year-old has al­ways ex­pressed that he has no real friends in the in­dus­try. This re­al­i­sa­tion dawned on Madhur again when he didn’t get much sup­port for his re­cently re­leased film, Indu Sarkar that landed in trou­ble. “In Bol­ly­wood, equa­tions change very fast. Peo­ple who are friends to­day may turn against each other in no time. Re­la­tion­ships are su­per­fi­cial and need based, and when you re­alise this, it hurts. When my film was fac­ing protests, (dur­ing the film’s press con­fer­ence in Pune and Nag­pur), no­body stood be­side me. They didn’t want to get into any­thing po­lit­i­cal. It was dis­ap­point­ing. Peo­ple I had sup­ported ear­lier weren’t there for me. That’s why I stay away from camps,” he says. How­ever, the film­maker is happy with the re­sponse the film has gar­nered. “We re­ceived mixed re­ac­tions. I know when­ever peo­ple will talk about the emer­gency, Indu Sarkar will be viewed and re­ferred to. I make films for fu­ture. Also, I’m a bud­get film­maker and we have al­most re­cov­ered the money. The film was made for a ma­ture au­di­ence and they have en­joyed it. From politi­cians to jour­nal­ists ev­ery­one liked it,” he adds. More than a film­maker, Madhur be­lieves him­self to be a story teller. “I tell grip­ping nar­ra­tives. There is noth­ing that can stop me from do­ing those kind of films. I re­mem­ber when my de­but Tr­ishakti (1999) re­leased, my pro­fes­sional obituary was writ­ten. But I am a fighter, who made a come­back and made films such as Chandni Bar (2001), Satta (2003), Page 3 (2005), Fash­ion (2008) among oth­ers,”he says.

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