'No body can make good cinema'

Madhur talks to Yojana Sharma about his passion for filmmaking and his hopes from forthcoming film, Corportae.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 10:30 IST

Madhur Bhandarkar is much in news these days for both personal and professional reasons. Personally, the Pretii Jaiin controversy is back to haunt him and professionallyhis Corporate is ready for release.

We are surely interested in the film and its box office impact. Going by Madhur’s reputation of filmmaking, Corporate seems tobe a peep into the business world. After all, Madhur is known to be a sensitive director with films like Page 3, Chandni Bar, Satta to his credit.

In an exclusive interview, Madhur talks about his passion for filmmaking and his hopes on Corporate:

You have made films like Chandni Bar, Satta, Page 3 and now Corporate. Each one deals with a different aspect. Howdoyou shift your focus from one area to another?
I make films on any thing I find interesting. Everything around you influences you. There are alot of issues which need to be spoken about or addressed. It’s just that.

Madhur Bhandarkar is much in news these days for both personal and professional reasons. Personally, the Pretii Jaiin controversy is back to haunt him and professionally his Corporate is ready for release.

I wanted to do an insight on the life of bar dancers and conceptualised

Chandni Bar

. I was interested in exploring the life of politicians and


came about. It’s the same about


. We all know how businesses are run and how the corporate world runs. I found it interesting. Also, before me no body else had conceptualised this idea. So I went ahead with



Now. I’m making Signal. It deals with life of urchins and eunuchs who beg on the traffic signals. We see them every day. But how often have we wondered about the life of these people? Where do they come from? Where do they get money from? I wanted to explore that. I have signed 3-4 eunuchs and street beggars for Signal.

That sounds like real lifestory in cinema.
Yeah, but it’s not a new concept. I had featured real life bar dancers in Chandni Bar.

I need people with conviction. I look for people who can do justice to the character. I believe every person can act a fair degree. I found people who could enact the role and I signed them. It doesn’t make a difference if they are actors or no actors.

What is your vision for Bollywood?
In five years Bollywood will change. We will have better stories and better actors coming up. Soon the publicity gimmicks will be out.

Today no body can claim to make good cinema. I believe that film can survive only on its content… like Rang De Basanti. The film was core to the people. Hence, it clicked with them.

In an age when certain production houses are churning out 30 films in a year, why are you doing just only 1or 2 films a year?
Everyindividual has different ideas of filmmaking. There are people who make replicas of foreign films that they see on DVDs, which is not the case with me. I think about a subject, give it time and go ahead with it. I’m in no hurry. I have never thought of competitions. I have made Corporate on a budget of Rs 4 crores, which is just the wardrobe budget for mega films.

Your films portray dark side of life. Will Corporate also have a dark humour?
I have depicted what I feel of the business world. The audience has to decide if it is dark or not. After all they are the biggest baap of cinema.

First Published: May 15, 2006 10:08 IST