Madhur Bhandarkar is a unique filmmaker who believes in quality over quantity. Madhur Bhandarkar is simply a class apart than most of the other filmmakers. He always tends to focus on realistic and off-beat films. Success did not come easy for him. He had to really work hard to make his vision palatable. His masterpiece Chandni Bar showed the industry what actually he is made of and that changed his career and also people’s perception of him as a filmmaker. With no time he became one of the prestigious directors of the film industry with his films like AAN- Men at Work, Page 3, Fashion, Traffic signal, Heroine, and Indu Sarkar. He got many awards, hit and respected recognitions like Padma Shri.
Madhur Bhandarkar had recently visited the 72nd Cannes Film Festival at the Indian Pavillion where he felt disappointed seeing no Indian film at the competition categories of the Cannes Film Festival this year. He was found there discussing various aspects of Indian cinema and the global aspect of the world’s market. He further talks about films on present days which lacks in strong content, “We need to have strong content like the cinema of (Satyajit) Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, which basically has the Cannes value… That is very necessary for a filmmaker. More and more people should go for content and subjects that are more real and earthy because they want to see that cinema over here… I think we have lacked that from the last six, seven years.”
He mentioned the great filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak and how much it is important to have a high standard content in Indian movies in order to make it more appealing in distinguished film festivals like the Cannes Film Festival. He was spotted engaging in a lengthy conversation with Rahul Dawail about the importance and quality of the regional Indian cinema.
He talked about how different audiences are at the Cannes Film Festival than the usual ones. They tend to look for movies with strong content. He talks about Indian films need to have contents like that of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak which are Cannes worthy. “It’s unfortunate (that there are no Indian films at Cannes this time), but we have to focus on the content, the local issues of our country.”
Well, like Madhur Bhandarkar pointed out, we hope too that Indian films soon come to the Cannes Film Festival.