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I am not a Rs 100 crore filmmaker: Madhur Bhandarkar

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, whose next, Calendar Girls will hit theatres soon, claims he’s “not a commercial filmmaker but a realistic filmmaker”. Madhur, who has films like Fashion, Heroine and Chandani Bar to his credit, says, “Luckily I get box-office success, critical acclaim and sometimes a National Award. I am not a Rs 100 crore filmmaker.

bollywood Updated: Sep 19, 2015 09:46 IST
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A still from Madhur Bhandarkar’s next, Calendar Girls.

He has made three films on life in showbiz - Kareena Kapoor-starrer Heroine, Konkona Sen-starrer Page 3 and Priyanka Chopra-Kangana Ranaut-starrer Fashion. Fashion was an inside view of the world of models and fashion designers. However, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has claimed that his upcoming film, Calendar Girls is different from his earlier blockbuster Fashion.

Calendar Girls is neither an extension nor similar to my earlier hit Fashion as problems faced by these girls are different from models, whose brand value stays longer than the calendar girls,” the filmmaker said.

Fashion was the story of a model and her downfall and success. “What intrigued me about Calendar Girls is that they are brands for just 365 days. That was interesting and I thought why shouldn’t a film be made on them and that’s how it all began. The story idea came after flipping through Vijay Mallya’s calendars of beautiful girls... I realised what happens to them after the calendars are made.. after that they vanish. Where they go, what they do... These questions interested me,” Madhur Bhandarkar said at a promotional event for his upcoming film.

Also read: Calendar Girls to feature a character inspired by Vijay Mallya

Asked why an established heroine had not been cast in the film, the filmmaker said he wanted to keep it original and authentic: “The story demanded casting of newcomers more than established heroines, who would otherwise would have looked made-up. I am a storyteller, not a commercial filmmaker, a realistic filmmaker... Luckily I get box-office success, critical acclaim and sometimes a National Award. I am happy in my space. I am not a Rs 100 crore filmmaker. I am cool in what I do. One should do things in any field in what he is comfortable with. I am comfortable with making realistic films,” he said.

The director was here to promote the film, which is slated for a September 25 release. Produced by him and Sangeeta Ahir, Calender Girls features newcomers Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt and Ruhi Singh, among others.

Also read: Calendar Girls trailer is super-glamorous

First Published: Sep 19, 2015 09:46 IST