‘Friend­ship in Bol­ly­wood is su­per­fi­cial’

Mad­hur Bhan­darkar says he didn’t re­ceive much sup­port from the in­dus­try when his films got into trou­ble

HT City - - Entertainment - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Film­maker Mad­hur

Bhan­darkar (left) has been in Bol­ly­wood for 10 years and has worked with some of the big­gest names. How­ever, the 49-yearold 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. The pres­ti­gious awards — Na­tional Award and Padma Shri — which I re­ceived prove my never dy­ing spirit,” he says with pride.

I re­mem­ber, when my de­but Tr­ishakti (1999) re­leased, my pro­fes­sional obit­u­ary was writ­ten. But I am a fighter and I made a come­back MAD­HUR BHAN­DARKAR, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: KA­MAL SINGH /PTI

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