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Even if my films aren’t appreciated, they still make 100 crores: Madhur Bhandarkar

Madhur Bhandarkar on the sets of ‘Heroine’. (Picture courtesy: Wikimedia)


Madhur Bhandarkar, who is the youngest filmmaker to receive the Padma Shri, speaks to Nation Next about his style of filmmaking, which is inspired by real life situations. He also tells us why the box office numbers of his movies don’t bother him.

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Usually your films have big female star cast but in your last movie Calendar Girls, you chose new faces. Can we call it a change in your film making?

When I made Chandni Bar, Tabu was a known face but Atul Kulkarni for that matter was a fresher. Everything depends on the subject and the star cast of your film. Calendar Girls comprised of a story, which was related to a new walk of life. When we look at a calendar, we barely know any faces on it. These face become famous once they get published in the calendar. For Calendar girls, we wanted girls whom people could relate to. Calendar Girls had a lot of edge and emotions. The actresses went through a lot of polishing to attain perfection for their roles.

Your movies generally revolve around female protagonists. As a filmmaker, do you relate more with this genre?

From Chandni Bar to Calendar Girls, I’ve been making movies on the incidents that I have witnessed. My movies are inspired from real life situations around me. I’m satisfied and comfortable with the movies I make. Nothing in this world matches the happiness I get when my movies become successful and recognised.

Your films also deal with the reality of bold subjects but except for  your movie Jail, most of your films have been associated with glamour. Will we ever see you making films on the reality of grim issues like farmer suicides in Vidarbha?

It is a very sensitive issue where farmers are giving up their lives for mere basic needs. Many movie makers, especially in Marathi cinema, have made an attempt to bring forward such sensitive issues. If at all, I can show their plight in my movies, I’ll give my best shot for it. I’ll have to show a lot of conviction while making such hard-hitting movies (like the ones that revolve around farmers) because I’ll have to justify the plight of the farmers. In such cases, I’ll have to do a lot of homework. I don’t have to research a lot while shooting for a glamorous movie as I get a lot of exposure while travelling itself. For me, to make a movie on the plight of the farmers, I’ll have to compromise on my lifestyle to understand their hardships. Most importantly, I’ll have to meet the farmers to understand their trauma. I feel this particular issue (of farmer suicides) should reach maximum people. I can think of making a movie on the same in the near future.

How do you see your films financially, in the maze of 100-500 crore films

Even if my films aren’t appreciated, they still make 100 crores. Not all 100 crore films are well recognised. A movie is good only if the audience finds it entertaining. I don’t flaunt my directorial skills and if my fellow directors make good movies, I’m sensible enough to appreciate them. The movies that I make might need specific budgets, which my contemporaries might not need. But, at the end of the day, what gives me immense satisfaction is the fact that my movies break records and don’t rely much on the box office records.

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DR Karthikeyan attends Rocketry: The Nambi Effect premier, recalls experience with Dr Nambi Narayanan

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Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

R Madhavan with DR Karthikeyan (centre)

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, former officials from the probe agency and members of the film industry recently attended a special screening of film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi.

DR Karthikeyan writes…

“On personal invitation phone call from Dr Nambi Narayanan, I had the opportunity to see the very first premier show of the film ROCKETRY – The Nambi Effect – at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi on 26th June – Sunday evening.

On arrival at the venue, I was happy to be met by the talented Star/Director/Producer  Mr R Madhavan and senior officers of the Ministry of I&B, Govt of India. It was an amazing production – destined to get an award – nationally and globally! The movie was screened all over the world on 1st July – produced both in English, Hindi and Tamil and also dubbed in many more languages.

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

At the end of the show at the packed auditorium, I was invited by Mr Madhavan to the stage and given a bouquet of flowers along with my colleague PM Nair IPS. I shared a couple of words with the audience. “At that time when there was sensation about the so called “ISRO Spy Case,” I was asked by the CBI HQ for my opinion. I was then investigating Rajiv Gandhi Assassination –  as Chief of SIT CBI – I spent a few hours of conversation with Dr Nambi Narayanan who was in our custody at Malligai, Headquarters of SIT CBI at Chennai. I had no hesitation in reporting to CBI Hq my finding that not only Nambi Narayanan is innocent of any of the charges alleged against him but also he was a noble person.” It so happened when his case came up before the National Human Rights Commission for compensation, I was the Director General, NHRC at Delhi.

After hearing from me what actually happened to Nambi Narayanan, the Commission awarded him financial compensation, as interim relief. Dr Nambi Narayanan has been in touch with me since then from time to time. 

Here is one of his recent communications to me on WhatsApp – “The role you had played in relieving me from the charges was immense.Thank you very much Sir. I will be certainly very happy to meet you in person when I visit Delhi. Once again thank you very much! With regards Nambi Narayanan”. 

As early as on 30th June 2021, Dr Nambi Narayanan had sent to me on email – the extract – MEETING KARTHIKEYAN  ‘Pray to God, he will come.’– chapter 14 of his just then released Biography “Ready to Fire”- (How India and I Survived The ISRO Spy Case).  The same is also attached herewith. The life of Padma Bhushan Dr Nambi Narayanan, the celebrated space scientist, which is very powerfully portrayed in the movie Rocketry – The Nambi Effect carries a powerful message to everyone.

Satyameva Jayate – Truth alone triumphs – Mundaka Upanishad.

While the guilty should be identified and punished promptly and severely, no innocent or the family should suffer physically or mentally or emotionally. That should be the commitment on the part of everyone of us – particularly those in charge of governance, administration, law enforcement, intelligence and the judiciary!”

Released on July 1, the film is a biographical drama based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who was falsely charged with espionage in 1994.

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Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveils poster, releases trailer of Nagpur film ‘Aamhi Butterfly’

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Former Maharashtra Minister and current MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveiled the poster and released the trailer and songs of the upcoming Marathi film – Aamhi Butterfly – at an event held at Deshpande Hall in Nagpur. The film, which has been shot in Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha, has been directed by Aniiket Limje and produced by Rajesh Rangari and Shrinivas Shiras.

Many child actors who have worked in the movie are from Vidarbha. During the trailer launch, MLA Tekchand Sawakar, actor Girish Pardesi and other actors from the movie, were present. Aamhi Butterfly is going to be released in August 2022.

Above are some of the pictures from the event!

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee named ‘Best Director’ for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at IWMBuzz Digital Awards

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee (R) whikle receiving the ‘Best Director’ trophy at IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony in Mumbai

Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee won the ‘Best Director’ award for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at the recently held IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The film is produced by Esha Deol Takhtani and Assorted Motion Pictures. Apart from winning the award, it was a special occasion for Mukherjee as two other films he directed also got recognized.

Esha won the ‘Best Actress’ award in the popular categories for her critically acclaimed performance in ‘Ek Duaa.’ After accepting the award, Esha said: “This film is extremely special for me, because I turned producer with this film and I would like to give entire credit to captain of the ship Ram Kamal Mukherjee for bringing such a wonderful subject to me.”

Avinash Dwivedi won the ‘Most Promising Debut’ award for his acclaimed performance in ‘Rickshawala,’ a film directed by Mukherjee. Avinash, who was accompanied by his wife and actor Sambhavna Seth, said: “This is beyond my expectation that today I am getting this recognition as an actor amidst all Bollywood celebrities for my role in Ram Kamal sir’s film Rickshawala. To get honoured for a regional cinema amidst such Bollywood biggie reinforced my faith in good content.”

Gurmeet Choudhary won the ‘Most Popular Actor’ award for his performance in Mukherjee’s film ‘Shubho Bijoya.’ Choudhary said: “Ram Kamal is an amazing story teller. When he narrated this story to me and Debina, we knew that this film will click instantly. I am honoured to receive this award, though the competition was really tough. I thank my fans and jury members who voted for me.”

Other winners at the award ceremony included Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet, Raveena Tandon, Huma Qureshi, Dino Morea, Sikander Kher, Sonu Sood, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Manish Paul and other popular names from the Hindi film industry.

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