After recording a song by Lata Mangeshkar for his new film Corporate, Madhur Bhandarkar and his music composer Shamir Tandon decided to keep back the song for a rainy day.
When asked Bhandarkar about it, he was surprised "Oh! They are writing that I have dropped Lataji's song! Who in his right mind would do something so outrageous? We did record a song with Lataji because after she sang Kitne ajeeb rishtey hain yahan par in Page 3, we consider her a lucky mascot.
"She did a beautiful song for us. We planned to use it. But it just didn't fit in. So Lataji, Shamir and I decided to use it in some other film. Now Shamir and I have decided to use it in a future project. A song by her is too precious," Bhandarkar clarifies.
After Rang De Basanti, Bhandarkar is hoping Corporate would be the second surprise success of 2006.
|After recording a song by Lata Mangeshkar for his new film Corporate, Madhur Bhandarkar and his music composer Shamir Tandon decided to keep back the song for a rainy day.|
"It has no conventional storytelling, no real leading man or leading lady. The film has no conventional format or trappings. I have used unusual devices, like the peons in the industrial houses serving as narrators, just like the chauffeurs in
"Corporate was the most difficult film to make. I had to walk a tightrope to keep the proceedings on an even keel. Chandni Bar and Page 3 could have become totally sleazy or spoofy. My films always have a human angle. That's true of Corporate more than any of my films."
After making Corporate, Bhandarkar is creatively satisfied.
"I feel a huge growth in me as a filmmaker. I was warned against making a film about a theme that doesn't have universal appeal. 'Who'd want to see a film on the corporate world?' I was advised to shoot a love story abroad. But all my films are Mumbai-based. I find endless stories to tell in this city. I see no reason to step out of the city.
"While interacting with people for Page 3, I came across lots of people from the corporate world. So I got the idea for making Corporate while making Page 3. The jargon, the trade talk, the give-and-take of ideas in the industrial world were new to me. I got friends of mine from the corporate world to contribute."
The film has cameos by real-life celebrities like lyricist Javed Akhtar, ad-man Prahlad Kakkar and Ashok Pandit.
He is all praise for his actors, especially Bipasha Basu.
"Bipasha will be taken very seriously after this movie. People will love her performance as Nishigandha Dasgupta," he says.