Madhur Bhandarkar is as much in the news as his films, whether they do well or not is another matter, and even a rumour about what he is up to, or not, gets the social media churning, wondering what is he up to exactly.
Madhur Bhandarkar is as much in the news as his films, whether they do well or not is another matter, and even a rumour about what he is up to, or not, gets the social media churning, wondering what is he up to exactly. To find out the reason behind it is not very difficult. The filmmaker is known to pick subjects that are controversial or striking. Oh yes, did we tell you that his films have a nasty habit of getting shelved too. Never mind, read on, if you want to know what this charismatic moviemaker is up to.
Rumour mills were working overtime. They had it that he was working on a film that either had to do with actors’ wives, crisply nicknamed ‘Bollywood Wives’. At the same time reports were coming in of Bhandarkar doing a film on the life and times of ‘Air Hostess’. Clearly, the ‘message’ was loud and clear. And that is, the films were of sex crazed women! After all, that is what Hollywood does with films with monikers like these. Violence found a mention too. Of course, it did not enter the minds of many that it could well be something deeper. Bhandarkar is known to showcase his unique takes.
These ‘Bollywood Wives’ and ‘Air Hostess’ reports actually started gaining credence on the social media and views were bandied about fast and furiously about how Bhandarkar would treat the subject, whether he was sensitive enough (most tended towards insensitive to describe the filmmaker), others said that it was a waste of time, while his fans, a really devoted lot, came up with some original ideas that were startling.
Whatever. Bhandarkar couldn’t really help but notice what was going on, we assume, not with his name plastered all over the place. So, either to plug the interest generated, or else simply to give the case a rest after it had generated a lot of hot wind on the Net, the filmmaker took to Twitter today and posted this: “Just to clarify,right now i am not making any film called “Bollywood wives” or “Air hostess”. My next is on d backdrop of Emergency in 1975″
Well, that more or less gets rid of the ‘sex crazed’ scenarios pretty effectively! Thereby disappointing many. But far from the matter getting a RIP tag, this statement only helped generate more hype. Now, what is he up to? Emergency? Backdrop to Emergency? Is he doing an Indira Gandhi-centric film? Whom will he get to do the role of one of the strongest Prime Ministers India has ever seen (Remember Bangladesh! Or, for that matter Emergency!)? Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, or a newcomer? The permutations and combinations flew thick and fast.
Considering Bhandarkar has a habit of making hard-hitting films, the question that also arises is, whom is he going to target? The former PM, the Opposition, or someone else? What does ‘backdrop’ mean? However, this news was duly rubbished by some who said there was a movie planned by Bhandarkar that would star Priyanka Chopra called ‘Madamji’ and that that had been shelved as the actress got busy with her US serial Quantico. So, did he shed some light with his tweet or spread the darkness furher? Take your pick.
In the meanwhile, check out what the twitterati had to say about it after Bhandarkar had his say:
satyaprakash @satyaprakash14u 2h2 hours ago
Movie on misuse of women centric laws vl be eye wash to everybody bt u may nt able to do it as earning vl b less @imbhandarkar #MensDay19Nov
Samir Haldankar @samir_haldankar 1h1 hour ago
@imbhandarkar in short..its on congress bashing… Award awaited soon
#UniversalSoldier @Veeren_p 3h3 hours ago
@imbhandarkar I hope someday u will make movie on Men & families suffering from #fakecases #FeminismIsCruelty #scrap498a @BollywoodGandu
karishma salian @karishmasalian 3h3 hours ago Mumbai, India
@imbhandarkar sir our movie has some message n I wish pls make chandni bar part 2
Unknown @jaanloveyou000 1h1 hour ago
@imbhandarkar sir please mhuje ek moka dijiye acting karne k liye please