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Madhur Bhandarkar
By Our Correspondent Š2004

Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandarkar began his career by assisting Ram Gopal Varma. After five years, he broke free and directed his first film, 'Trishakti' (1999), which was a complete flop. The film starred Milind Gunaji, Sharad Kapoor and Arshad Warsi. Madhur decided to get more serious about his career. While bar hopping, he got the idea for his much-acclaimed, 'Chandni Bar', which put him into the limelight. Although it was produced by R. Mohan and featured Tabu in the lead role, the film didn't fare very well, but made him a talent to reckon with.

Having tasted blood, Madhur moved on to make 'Satta', a political drama, with Raveena Tandon in the lead. Then there were rumours that Tabu and Madhur had a fall-out. The media also linked the two romantically. Anyway, 'Satta' flopped as well, and this time, Madhur was linked with Raveena.

Despite his alleged link-ups, Madhur married his long-time girlfriend, Renu Namboodiri (an interior designer), on December 15, 2003, in Mumbai. It was a low-key wedding for relatives and select friends.

Bhandarkar then switched tracks from women-oriented subjects when producer Firoz Nadiadwala signed him for 'Aan: Men At Work', featuring Akshay Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha and Suniel Shetty. This one was a typical and expensive Firoz film, a cop drama with heavy-duty action and lavish item numbers. In fact, Madhur and Firoz even had a fall-out of sorts during the film's making when the latter would not stop his creative interference. Madhur was even supposed to direct a film for Subhash Ghai's banner, but the project did not take off on account of disagreements between Bhandarkar and the showman.

Bhandarkar has been currently working on his 'Page 3', being produced by Bobby Pushkarna, starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Tara Sharma, Bikram Saluja and newcomer, Jai Kalra.

More recently, he's become infamous for the allegations hurled at him by starlet Preeti Jain. The latter claims that the director promised him roles in exchange of sexual favours. If this isn't a typical Page 3 story, what is?


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