MADHUR BHANDARKAR (born 26 August 1968) is an Indian film director,
script writer, and producer. He made his directorial debut with
Trishakti and went on to direct several critically and commercially
The drama film
Chandni Bar (2001), won him the National Film Award
for Best Film on Social Issues . Bhandarkar received the National Film
Awards for the Best Feature Film and Best Director for Page 3 (2005)
and Traffic Signal (2007) respectively. The drama film Fashion (2008)
garnered him several accolades including
Filmfare Awards nominations
for Best Director and Best Screenplay .
Madhur was recently invited as the special Guest of Honour for the
First International Yoga Day celebrations at the United Nations in New
York on June 21. In 2016, Bhandarkar was awarded the
Padma Shri , the
fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of
Madhur Bhandarkar has been nominated as society member of the
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) by the Information
and Broadcasting Ministry. He also received the Bharat Gaurav award
at the UN hall in New York.
In April 2017,
Madhur Bhandarkar was invited to represent
BRICS Film Festival.
* 1 Biography
* 1.1 Career
* 1.2 Personal life
* 1.3 Controversy
* 2 Directorial style
* 3 Filmography
* 4 Television
* 5 Awards
* 6 Achievements
* 6.1 International awards
* 6.2 Other awards
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Madhur Bhandarkar worked in a video cassette library in Khar , a
Mumbai . This gave him access to a large collection of
movies and he studied film-making through it.
After trying his skills with small-time filmmakers as an assistant,
Bhandarkar landed up as an assistant to
Ram Gopal Varma
Ram Gopal Varma . He even
played his first cameo in his 1995 film Rangeela where he was the
associate director to Ram Gopal Varma. A couple of years later he made
his directorial debut with
Trishakti which took more than three years
to make and released 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 and Atul Kulkarni with a budget of Rs
15 million. The film was critically acclaimed and a box office
success, which took Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in
Bollywood. He received his first National Award for this film and
thereon won National awards for his films Page-3 and Traffic Signal.
His movie Fashion (2008) also won National Awards for Best Actress
Priyanka Chopra ) and for Best Supporting Actress (
Kangana Ranaut ).
Madhur was conferred PL Deshpande Award a.k.a. Zenith Asia Award for
significantly shaping the film making culture in his unique works and
he has been described as 'the Film Maker of the First Decade of the
21st Century'. On the Silver Jubilee Year of Aashay Film Club, award
ceremony took place on 16 Nov at National Film Archive Theatre during
the eighth Pulotsav – An Art Festival in Pune. PL Deshpande was a
renowned writer, stage and film actor and his literary works are still
Maharashtra and others parts of the world. In his honour,
Zenith Asia Award was given to
Madhur Bhandarkar and his film Chandni
Bar was also screened during the fest amongst landmark 25 films from
In Nov, 2010 National Film Archive of
India (NFAI) announced to
preserve all the films of Madhur Bhandarkar. Chandni Bar, Page-3,
Corporate, Traffic Signal, Fashion and Jail found space in
Government's Archival data for Indian films.
Bhandarkar hails from a Marathi speaking family. He is a school
drop-out. He came from a middle-class family. As a result, Madhur had
to take up various jobs. He worked at a video store as an errand boy
and dropped off cassettes to people from many walks of life including
dance bar girls and film stars. He also sold chewing gum at traffic
signals and worked as an assistant to small-time directors for a
salary of ₹1000.
He is a great devotee of the Hindu God Siddhivinayak and has been
walking from his house in Khar,
Mumbai to the temple for the past 18
years on every Tuesday. Madhur also regularly visits Vaishno Devi
temple in Jammu I just show what happens in our society, sometimes
there could be a solution and sometimes there may be none. Life goes
on.". Madhur is known for his hard-hitting and realistic films.
July 28th, 2017
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
Director, Writer (Story & Screenplay), producer
Filmfare Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay
Screen Award for Best Story
IIFA Award for Best Director
IIFA Award for Best Story
Nominated-Stardust Award for Best Film
Nominated-Stardust Award for Best Director
Writer (Dialogue, Screenplay & Story) National Film Award for Best
Writer (Screenplay) Case Study for
National Film Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Award for Best Director
Aan: Men at Work
Writer (Dialogue & Story)
Writer (Dialogue & Story) Won ALL INDIA HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION
National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues
Specials @ 10
Padma Shri , the fourth highest civilian award, by the
National Film Awards
* 2007: Best Direction : Traffic Signal
Sophia Awards at Syracuse International Film Festival 2014.
* Conferred with the prestigious British honour - the Creative
Spirit and Visionary Director's Award for 2013-14 - at the House of
Commons , London, UK
* State of
Maharashtra conferred Bhandarkar with the Raj Kapoor
Smriti Award for contribution to Indian cinema.
Chandni Bar , Best Film at
Zimbabwe International Film Festival
2003 and Technical Award for Best Background Music Score at Moscow
International Film Festival 2003.
* Page 3 , Official Selection at the Raindance Film Festival, London
2006 and IFFLA Los Angeles 2006.
Corporate , Official Selection at the
Berlin Asia-Pacific Film Festival 2006.
* Fashion, Official Selection at the 31st Moscow International Film
Festival 2009, Festival de Festivals, St.Petersburg 2009 and Norway
Bollywood Festival 2009.
* Retrospective of Page 3, Traffic Signal and Fashion with Russian
Sub-Titles held by the Ministry of Culture, Russia and SOVEXPORTFILM
in Moscow 2009.
* Retrospective of Chandni Bar, Page 3, Corporate, Traffic Signal,
Fashion and Jail at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival 2009.
* In 2009 he was awarded the Best Director for his Outstanding
Contribution to Indian Cinema by the Ministry of Culture, Russia.
* A retrospective of five films made by the filmmaker were showcased
at the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt from 10–20
November 2009. The films included Chandni Bar, Page3, Corporate,
Traffic Signal and Fashion. Bhandarkar was present for the
* Bhandarkar received the Society Leading Lights Leadership Award in
* Mayor of
Mumbai – Excellency Award (2006)
* Kalaranjani Awards – (2005)
Kalakar Awards for Best Director (2007) for
* Pride of Nation Award
* Kesari Gaurav Sanman
* Lions Gold Award (2005–06) (2008–09)
* IMPPA Awards
* Asian Film Foundation Award (2008)
* Farsa Award (2009)
Special Salute - Mirchi Music Awards (2016)
* ^ "
Madhur Bhandarkar to attend Yoga Day at UN - Times of India".
* ^ A B "Rajinikanth gets Padma Vibhushan;
Padma Shri for Priyanka
Chopra, Ajay Devgn". The Indian Express. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 25
* ^ "I\'ve no friends in Bollywood: Madhur – Times Of India".
Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 5
* ^ "Madhur Bhandarkar\'s wife Renu Namboodiri hates dark films :
India Today". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 29 December 2003.
Retrieved 5 November 2012.
* ^ ""My films just hold up a mirror to society\' - Madhur
* ^ "Madhur: Hard-hitting movie again! - Bollywood.com News".
* ^ "6 unforgettable hard-hitting films of Madhur Bhandarkar".
* ^ ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ best popular film
* ^ "
Madhur Bhandarkar honoured with Sophia Award in New York".
news.biharprabha.com. IANS. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October
* ^ "Bhandarkar honoured at the House of Commons". HindustanTimes.
8 November 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
* ^ "
Madhur Bhandarkar to receive Raj Kapoor Smriti Awards". The
Indian Express. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
* ^ "About The
Kalakar Awards - Kalakarawards" (PDF). Archived from
the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012.
* ^ "
Madhur Bhandarkar At Mirchi Music Award Jury Bollywood
Helpline". www.bollywoodhelpline.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11.