Madhur Talented Filmmaker And Scriptwriter In Bollywood

September 24, 2016

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Madhur is a very talented Filmmaker and Scriptwriter in Bollywood. Known for making movies inspired from real life, Madhur has given few remarkable movies to Indian Cinema.

Early Life

Madhur took birth in a Maharashtrian Saraswat Family in Mumbai on 16th August 1966. His father was an electric contractor. When Madhur was 12 years old, his father’s business suffered a huge loss because of which he had to study and work as well. Madhur didn’t even complete his school. He used to work as an errand boy at a videocassette library. This gave him access to large collection of movies and he learned film making through this. Madhur also used to sell chewing gums at traffic signals to earn money. He also went to Dubai, where his sister was living in search of job.


As an Assistant Director

Madhur has assisted directors Ashok Gaikwad and Ram Gopal Verma. He assisted on making of DOODH KA KARZ (1990), RAAT (1992), DROHI (1992), and RANGEELA (1995). He also played a small played a small role in RANGEELA.

As a Director, Writer


Madhur made his directorial debut with the movie, TRISHAKTI (1999). The movie was a big flop and sank without any recognition.


After the very disappointing TRISHAKTI (1999), Madhur directed CHANDNI BAR (2001). The movie depicted the Mumbai Underworld, Prostitution and Dance Bars. Tabu and Atul Kulkarni were seen in the lead. The movie was declared a hit. Even the critics appreciated the movie. Madhur was also the writer of the movie. The movie won 3 National Film Awards. Madhur won Screen’s Best Story Award in 2002 and was nominated as Best Director for CHANDNI BAR in Screen Awards.


Bhandarkar wrote the story and directed SATTA. The movie took a closer look at the kind of dirty politics; ministers play to stay in power. The role of, the main protagonist of the movie, was played by Raveena Tandon.


This year Madhur directed Firoz Nadiadwala’s AAN: MEN AT WORK (2004). The movie starring Shatrughan Sinha, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Jackie Shroff, Lara Dutta, Raveena Tandon is based on the life of a police officer fighting crime. The movie bombed at the Box Office.


One of the hits of the year, PAGE 3 (2005) was the movie written and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The movie talked about the film industry, people who appear on page 3. The movie was a hit and the box office and it won three National Awards in 2005.


Madhur directed, wrote the Screenplay and Story of CORPORATE (2006). The movie was a success at the Box Office. The movie was also successful in the critic’s view. Bipasha Basu playing the lead won number of Awards for the movie.


TRAFFIC SIGNAL (2007) was written and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The movie deals with life of people living around traffic signals, life of street people and goes into Mumbai Underworld and Politics. It was the third consecutive hit given by Madhur. The movie starring Kunal Khemu, Konkana Sen Sharma, Neetu Chandra, won National Film Awards’ Best Director of the Film Award and the first National Film Award for Best Make-Up artist.


Success was all that was there for Madhur. And in the year, Madhur gave the biggest hit of the year, FASHION (2008). The movie dealt with life of struggling models, who come from small cities to Mumbai. The main protagonist in the movie was Meghna Mathur, played by Priyanka Chopra. The movie brought number of Awards for Piggy Chops but Madhur just received Filmfare lady for Best Direction for the movie.


JAIL (2009), is Madhur’s last movie so far. He wrote and directed the movie. Starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mugdha Godse, the movie talks about the torturous life of Indian prisoners. The movie didn’t do well at the Box Office.

As a producer

Madhur has co-produced FASHION (2008) with Ronnie Screwvala. Madhur is also producing his upcoming movie, HEROINE, which is scheduled to release next year.

Upcoming Movies

Audience will not be fortunate enough to see any of Madhur’s work in 2010. But, the extremely talented writer, director will be treating us with two movies next year, i.e., 2011. The movies scheduled to release next year are HEROINE (releasing in 2011) and DIL TO BACHCHA HAI JI (releasing in 2011).


The director was accused for casting couch in the year 2004. Preeti Jain, who filed a case against Madhur, claimed that she slept with the director who promised her a role in a movie and marriage. Jain was arrested on September 2005 for giving Rs.70, 000 to underworld people to have Madhur killed. In January 2006 the case against Madhur was dismissed as during the investigation it was found that the complaint filed against Bhandarkar is false. But, on November 11, 2009, Mumbai High Court ruled that Bhandarkar would stand trial.

Personal Life

Madhur Bhandarkar got married to his girlfriend, Renu Namboodiri on 15th December 2003 in Mumbai. The happily married couple is blessed with a daughter named Siddhi.

Riddhi Mehta is editor of She has over 3 years writing experience for bollywood movies. She says whatever she feels. She is not worried how bollywood will react to her views.

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