01 December, 2020

Madhur Bhandarkar

His film Chandni Bar portrayed the plight of bar girls. Page 3 was a success. Now Corporate is rolling.

Madhur Bhandarkar
Should dance bars be closed down?
I'm not the moral police. It is for the authorities and bar owners to find a solution.

What prompted you to make Chandni Bar?
After the failure of Trishakti, I accompanied a friend to a dance bar. I was very disturbed by the dim lights and jarring music though the girls who were dancing, I noticed, were fully clad.

What is it that has stayed with you from Chandni Bar?
Creaking of doors as the girls walk in and out of their make-up room. Also that they share temple prasad.

Isn't Page 3 just a metro-centric hit?
No, it's a universal success. It has surprised me by working even in small centres like Faridabad.

But does Page 3 happen outside Mumbai?
Small-town residents have written to me claiming they recommend it to first-time visitors to Mumbai. It offers a telling peek into the city.

Only Black and Page 3 have clicked this year.
I was told that since Black and Page 3 had English titles, they...


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