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    Madhur Bhandarkar: “Critics Should Stop Scrutinising my Films So Closely”

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Friday, July 14, 2006
    “If I would have called my film to be ‘Business Ka Saudagar’ then I would have aimed at the masses, but with a title like ‘Corporate’ I knew my audience belongs to the multiplexes,” says ‘Corporate’ director Madhur Bhandarkar. Maker of acclaimed cinema like ‘Chaandi Bar’, ‘Satta’, ‘Page 3’ and now ‘Corporate’ a multiple National Award winner, Madhur in a freewheeling chat with IndgiaGlitz says that he would want his films do all the talking as he doesn’t make films only for awards. His latest release ‘Corporate’ released last week amidst mixed reviews and a decent Box Office showing. Owing to its low cost, the film is all set to do moderately well.

    How has been the response to ‘Corporate’?

    ‘Corporate’ has been received very nicely. It is doing very well.

    The critics have compared ‘Corporate’ with ‘Page 3’

    The problem with critics is that when I put a dance bar song in my film they start comparing it with ‘Chaandi Bar’, in ‘Corporate’ there are bound to be parties as that is part of their context, then they say I am making another ‘Page 3’. If I put in political scenes, they say Madhur has made another ‘Satta’. I have to just do a film my way and it would be good if critics stop scrutinizing my films so closely.

    There’s a lot of speculation about the Cola wars that you’ve shown in Corporate having real life being depicted on screen

    All this cola war thing has been blown out of proportion. Pesticides in colas is no new issue. ‘Corporate’ is just a film. It doesn’t have any direct reference with any real events. I would advice my critics to watch my films as mere films and nothing else.

    There’s too much of technical business jargon, share market figures etc that a common man is unable to comprehend

    I do my research well. And the business jargon has been put deliberately as it was the requirement of the film. If that jargon had not been used, then it wouldn't have looked authentic. While making the film, I was very clear that I am aiming at the multiplex audience who understand most of what is said in the film. What is heartening for me is that the film is not only getting acceptance in metros like Mumbai and Delhi, but it is also being appreciated in smaller centers like Nasik as well. If I would have named it ‘Business Ka Saudagar’ then it would have been aimed for the masses. But with ‘Corporate’ I know who I am making the film for. I am happy that the film is reaching out to a large audience and is doing very well. People have loved it. And it shouldn’t be forgotten that it’s a four crore film which has made a table profit before the release of the film and whatever is coming is profit from from first ticket sold.

    What about the unusual ensemble cast….Everyone has done a fine job

    Everyone has done a fabulous job. I am really proud of my star cast. Rajat Kapoor had a small role in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ but given a solid role in ‘Corporate’ he has delivered a power packed performance. Even the guy who plays Pervez Merchant has delivered the goods in a fantastic manner.

    Aishwarya was supposed to play Bipasha’s role if I am not mistaken

    I wanted Ash. She had heard the script and loved it. But since she was busy with her foreign films at that time she asked me to delay the film if I can. I couldn't have delayed as I was too charged up about the film. As for Bipasha, I don’t think she has got a meaty role so far. So far she has had this image of a glamorous heroine, but I had a gut feeling that she can give a great performance and I have been proved right.

    What is your next film ‘Traffic Signal’ all about?

    ‘Signal’ is completely different from ‘Corporate’. It’s a riches to rags story about the rag pickers of Mumbai who are seen on the traffic signals of this great city. It’s seventy percent complete.

    Looking forward to some more National Awards for ‘Corporate’

    (Laughs) Nah! I just want to keep on making films and not worry about National Awards. After ten years it is my body of work that should speak for itself.

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