Madhur Bhandarkar: I jokingly told Kareena that I had made ‘Chandni Bar’ on a budget smaller than what I spent on her clothes in Heroine

Vrinda Gupta
Vrinda Gupta

Madhur Bhandarkar is one of the finest filmmakers in the country. With his realistic movies like Chandni Bar, Fashion, and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, he made a name for himself in the industry. His stories have been heart-touching and relatable to the audience.

Madhur’s breakthrough film ‘Chandni Bar’ has recently completed 20 years. Once, the director joked that the Tabu starter ‘Chandi Bar’ was made on a smaller budget than Kareena Kapoor Khan’s clothes in Heroine.  The film Chandni bar is about a bar dancer who is forced into the world of prostitution due to the circumstances of life. The film also showcases Mumbai’s underworld and prevalent gun crime. The lead roles are played by Tabu and Atul Kulkarni.

Tabu plays the role of the bar girl named Mumtaz Ali Ansari. Meanwhile, Atul Kulkarni is seen as Pottya Sawant. This movie won four National Awards.

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It is also available on Amazon Prime Video.

Why did Madhur give such Remarks to Kareena?

In a conversation with ETimes, Madhur said ” It was very risky. People even had a problem with the title of the film. Many thought it was very cheap, and a B-grade title. I researched the film for about six months. When I approached producers for it, they wanted me to put some item numbers in the film, which I didn’t want to”

He added “My first film did not work, so there was a lot of pressure on me, but I was hell-bent on making the film the way I wanted to. I made the movie on a very small budget. So much so that I once jokingly told Kareena Kapoor Khan that I had made ‘Chandni Bar’ on a budget that was smaller than what I spent on her clothes in Heroine” He laughed.

In 2012, the filmmaker even tweeted about the same. He wrote “I made Chandni Bar in 2001 with 1.5 crores which today, a decade later, is #Heroine’s costume budget for Kareena! How times have changed!”

Nonetheless, Chandni Bar was a milestone in Madhur’s directorial career in Bollywood. Subsequently, he has also shared his plans for Chandni Bar 2.  He is keen on showing people what happens after the dance bars got closed. His upcoming movie is titled ‘India Lockdown’. It will be released at the end of 2021. In 2022, his movie titled ‘Inspector Ghalib’ will be seen in cinemas.


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