Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar who is currently in Egypt attending the Cairo International Film Festival as part of the international jury says that it’s a great honour to be a part of any festival that celebrates cinema.
“It’s an even bigger honour for me as I am here as part of the jury. But what makes me really happy is the positive response our films find even on such international platforms. There’s so much buzz about Bollywood that I feel really proud about being a part of and representing Indian cinema here. We have come such a long way,” he says.
The 35th edition of the film festival that will go on till December 6 will have Indian films including Karan Johar’s Agneepath, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rituparno Ghosh’s Chitrangada, and Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar screened at the fest. But ask him what are the films that he’s looking forward to catching up there and he shares that he’s not putting any limits to that.
“As many as I can. It’s exciting to be a part of so much excitement and about so many people — actors, filmmakers — sharing one common passion, that is films. I want to watch a lot of world cinema and get acquainted with newer views and perspectives. It’s an interesting exchange of cinematic experiences and I will always treasure these memories,” shares Madhur.
As for his plans back home, post the success of his Kareena Kapoor-starrer Heroine, the filmmaker admits that the going has been really good this year and he’s looking forward to starting work on his next two projects on his return. The filmmaker will be doing a film with UTV and another with T-Series, the latter one being a musical. Ask him about it and he says it’s too early to talk about it, but he’s excited to be foraying into a new genre.
“It’s interesting to every once in a while step out of what people consider is your comfort zone. So yes, I am doing a musical now,” says the filmmaker who’s known for his hard-hitting and realistic cinema. Interestingly, it’s a tag that refuses to leave him even on the international platform.
“I think it’s great that people associate me with a certain kind of cinema, but I don’t want those expectations to box me or limit me in my vision as a filmmaker,” adds Madhur.