Madhur Bhandarkar

Madhur Bhandarkar

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name = Madhur Bhandarkar
मधुर भंडारकर

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"Traffic Signal" (2007)

Madhur Bhandarkar, ( मधुर भंडारकर ), born in a Maharashtrian Saraswat Brahmin family, is an Indian film director.



Madhur Bhandarkar ran a video cassette library in Khar. This gave him access to a large collection of movies and studying movie making. This is similar to Quentin Tarantino who worked in a video rental store and did manage to get access to collection of movies.Bhandarkar was a former assistant to Ram Gopal Varma, he played a small role in his 1995 film Rangeela but he made his directorial debut with "Trishakti" in 1999. The film had a relatively low key cast and was largely ignored at the box office. After two years he directed "Chandni Bar" (2001) starring Tabu (actress) and Atul Kulkarni. The film was a critically acclaimed success, which took Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in Bollywood. He received his 1st national award for this film.

This was followed by another critically acclaimed "Satta" (2003) Bhandarkar roped in Konkona Sen Sharma for his next film "Page 3" (2005). The film did very well at the box office, was favoured by the critics, and made him a recepient of National Awards for the second time. His next release was "Corporate" (2006). His latest film is "Traffic Signal" (2007) which has again been praised by the critics. The 54th National Film Awards Jury has chosen him for the outstanding director award for "Traffic Signal". its given him his third national award..

Madhur Bhandarkar is always known for his socially relevant and hard hitting films.


Bhandarkar married his girlfriend Renu Namboodiri-Bhandarkar on December 15, 2003 in Mumbai. They now have a daughter named Siddhi. Madhur is the life member of International film and Television Research Centre of Asian Academy of Film & Television,Noida.

Directorial style

In most of his films Bhandarkar has made the female the main protagonist. This has been seen in four of his films: Tabu in "Chandni Bar", Raveena Tandon in "Satta", Konkona Sen Sharma in "Page 3" and Bipasha Basu in "Corporate".

In an interview with Sanjay Ram of he said "My movies are not exposes, maybe they just hold up a mirror to society. My movies are not judgmental; I just show what happens in our society, sometimes there could be a solution and sometimes there may be none. Life goes on."


On July 2004, he was allegedly accused for casting couch and was filed for a big case when Preeti Jain went to court. She stated she slept with him from 1999 to 2004 as he promised her a role in a movie and marriage. On September 2005, Jain was arrested as she gave Rs. 70,000 to the underworld people to have him killed. [] []

However in January 2006 the Versova Police Station had asked a magistrate at Railway Mobile Court in Andheri for the classification of the case against him as 'B' summary and dismiss it as during investigation police have found out that the complaint filed against Bhandarkar is false.



* "Traffic Signal" (2007)
* "Corporate" (2006)
* "Page 3" (2005)
* " (2004)"
* "Satta" (2003)
* "Chandni Bar" (2001)
* "Trishakti" (1999)


* "Fashion" (2008) (filming)
* "Traffic Signal" (2007)
* "Corporate" (2006)
* "Page 3" (2005)
* "Satta" (2003)
* "Chandni Bar" (2001)

External links

*imdb name|id=1055105|name=Madhur Bhandarkar

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