Profession: Director, Producer, Script Writer
Mother of Madhur Bhandarkar
Wife/Spouse of Madhur Bhandarkar
Renu Namboodiri (Interior Designer)
Favourite Actress of Madhur Bhandarkar
Favourite Book Authors of Madhur Bhandarkar
Jeffrey Archer, Robert Ludlum
Favourite Director of Madhur Bhandarkar
Mrinal Sen, Guru Dutt
Favourite Movies of Madhur Bhandarkar
Guide, Pyaasa, Mrigaya, Nayagan
Awards/Achievements of Madhur Bhandarkar
His film, 'Chandni Bar' (2001), bagged the National Award for Best Film on 'Other Social Issues'.
'Traffic Signal' (2007) fetched him the National Award for Best Director.
'Page 3' (2005) was awarded the National Award for Best Feature Film.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2016.
Controversies of Madhur Bhandarkar
In the year 2004, Preeti Jain, a model looking for opportunities in the Bollywood film industry, filed a police complaint against filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, wherein she alleged that the director raped her 16 times in five years, on the pretext of offering a major role in one of his movies. The court, however, could not find any evidence and the 'victim' had to withdraw her case. Nevertheless, the case made headlines again in 2017 when Preeti Jain was sentenced to 3 years in prison for plotting to kill the filmmaker with the aid of a professional contract killer.
During the release of Fashion (2008), actress Kangana Ranaut blurted out in an interview that the film was more-or-less based on the life of Geetanjali Nagpal, a former supermodel who was found begging on the streets of Delhi. This statement invited some trouble for the filmmaker as the Delhi Commission for Women, a government body which promotes the interests and welfare of women and which rescued the former model, tried to stop the release of the movie, citing that the former supermodel was "too vulnerable for her life to be exposed by the movies".
Bhandarkar's movie- Jail (2009), which starred actor Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead role, had to face a lot of trouble during its release. The film was criticized for showcasing male nudity on screen.
Reportedly, Madhur Bhandarkar had an ugly spat with actress Aishwarya Rai when he was about to begin the shoot of his film- Heroine (2012). Sources suggest that Aishwarya Rai, who was the first choice to play the lead in the movie, signed the film without revealing the news of her pregnancy to the filmmaker. Naturally, Aishwarya Rai couldn't continue with the shoot and had to abandon it mid-way. A disappointed Bhandarkar was just about to shelve the movie before Kareena Kapoor nodded for the role.
In early 2013, a fake SMS by his name started to circulate amongst aspiring actors. The message stated that Bhandarkar was looking for around 100 girls for a movie, who would be paid INR 8000 every day for a shoot expected to last for 20 days. The text did not end there and asked the applicants to send in their pictures at a fake email address. However, vigilant Cyber Crime Cell came to the rescue and took things under control.
Actress-turned-author Seema Seth once sued Bhandarkar for INR 2.5 crore alleging that the filmmaker had copied the story of his film, Fashion (2008), through her book titled El-Dorado. The author, however, failed to appear in the court on every date, thus allowing the verdict in the director's favor.
In a similar incident, author Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi accused Bhandarkar of copying the poster of Heroine (2012) from the cover page of the former's book titled 'The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay.'
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