Women are stronger than men: Vishal Bhardwaj
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Women are stronger than men: Vishal Bhardwaj

Director Vishal Bhardwaj on the importance of women in his films and how he’s finally succeeded in making a comedy.

bollywood Updated: Oct 20, 2012 14:05 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar
Shalvi Mangaokar
Hindustan Times

Known for the intense drama in his films, Vishal Bhardwaj is finally ready to break this notion about himself. Now, with Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (MKBKM), the filmmaker is finally stepping into the comedy films genre. He calls this project a “total comedy movie”.

It’s a complete contrast from his earlier films, and Vishal is happy with the way MKBKM has turned out. He says, “I have tried to make comedy films in the past, but somehow, they all ended up being dark, intense films.” But the director thinks it’s a “relief” that this one hasn’t become like any of those.

Vishal also talks about the important roles that women play in all his movies. Whether it was Maqbool (2005), Ishqiya (2010) or Saat Khoon Maaf (2011), the leading lady has had a crucial role. Now, in MKBKM, Anushka Sharma is portraying the character of Bijlee, who is a rich, spoilt brat. Vishal says, “Not just in films, women are stronger than men in real life as well. I naturally tend to portray the female characters in my films as really strong individuals. In this film too, Anushka’s character will come across very powerfully.”

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Did you know that Imran Khan, who plays a Haryanvi in MKBKM, found his character too tough and came close to quitting? “During the first script reading of the film, I was just unable to say the Haryanvi dialogues. I felt that I had made a big mistake and I should back out,” Imran says. “Vishal had faith in me, even when I didn’t,” the actor added.

Imran also got tips from mamu Aamir Khan who asked him to live in Haryana for six months to get the dialect right.
(by Prashant Singh)

First Published: Oct 19, 2012 13:52 IST