Many think Chandni Bar is Madhur Bhandarkar’s debut movie, but that’s not right. He actually made his debut as a director with Trishakti, however it was with his second movie Chandni Bar that Madhur Bhandarkar came into limelight. Chandni Bar, based on the woman working in dance bars, is still his best movie. It also won its lead actress Tabu a National Award for Best Actress.
Indu Sarkar is not Madhur Bhandarkar’s first movie about politics. That honour goes to Satta, his followup after Chandni Bar, and it still remains his most underrated work. Raveena Tandon gave one of her finest performances in the movie, as a woman who starts as a reluctant player in politics to being the most shrewd champion in the game.
Who knew there were so many lives attached to a traffic signal? Even though it is not his best effort, through Traffic Signal, Madhur Bhandarkar managed to show how the junction often supports multi crore businesses, including drug peddling, prostitution and begging rackets. An eclectic cast, consisting of Kunal Kemmu, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Sudhir Mishra, Upendra Limaye et al, make up for the lack of a proper premise.
Page 3 is where Madhur Bhandarkar began to get repetitive but it is still one of his better efforts. Madhur Bhandarkar shows the darker side of the Page 3 parties and he has one of the finest actresses in our country, Konkona Sen Sharma, play the lead. Even the supporting cast is fine, with Atul Kulkarni, Upendra Limaye, Boman Irani and Sandhya Mridul standing out.
Set against the glittering backdrop of the highly glamorous but fiercely ruthless world of haute couture fashion, Fashion is powered by the performances of Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut, with both actresses winning National Awards here. Madhur Bhandarkar tried to repeat the theme in his Calendar Girls, but failed to derive the same effect.