He admits women-centric films are his forte but Madhur Bhandarkar doesn't want to stick to one genre. After a comedy, the filmmaker now wants to direct an intense love story.
Excerpts from an interview:
You've hopped genres with
Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji? At a time when female-centric films like
No One Killed Jessicaare doing well why the change to male-centric cinema?
I like to surprise everyone including myself. It's not easy when you move out of your comfort zone. Firstly, I was not making a chick flick. This is a boys' film. People close to me know I've a good sense of humour. In fact, all my actors Bipasha Basu, Konkona Sen Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Tabu... they all said, 'Madhur
tu kitna hansata hai'
. So I thought, why not a comedy? But I never thought it'd be so difficult.
I wanted to go back to the comedies of Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. My aim for comedy was not Rohit Shetty's
Is it true that you were supposed to make a film on Jessica Lal?
Yes, I was going to make a film on Jessica Lal. In fact, I had told UTV's Ronnie Screwvala that I liked the idea of making a film on the Jessica Lal case. I had registered the title
after my film
. If you remember in that film Raveena Tandon's husband played by Sameer Dharamadhikari had shot a bar girl in the film. He shoots the girl when she says 'Bar
No One Killed Jessica
. Rajkumar Gupta has done a fine job. I had liked his
too. It's very well performed and shot. So the case rests there. Every day as a filmmaker you come up with a new idea.
What next for Madhur?
I am a great admirer of Raj Khosla and Vijay Anand. Can you believe the same director who made
. I'd like to be known for all genres. I want to make an intense love story like
Ek Duuje Ke Liye
. I also want to make a thriller like
. But, yes, hard-hitting women-centric cinema is my forte.
You are a huge fan of Gulzar, aren't you?
Oh yes I'm hugely influenced by the cinema of Gulzar saab. I consider it a big compliment when people refer to me as a new-age Gulzar. I know each and every film and lyric that he has written by heart. In
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
even the title is a tribute to Gulzar
I acquired the rights of Gulzar
Koi hota jisko apna
and used it in
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
. It's one of my favourite songs written by Gulzar
!' It would be criminal to change the track in any way. I've used it in the original form. Who can sing like Kishore