Madhur Bhandarkar

Filmmaker, Script Writer, Producer and Padma Shri Awardee


During his initial years, Madhur was a video cassette delivery boy, which gave him access to a large collection of movies and he studied film-making through it, only to become one the most successful film directors and scriptwriters of the country.

After working with many film-makers, he made his directorial debut with ‘Trishakti’. After two years he directed ‘Chandni Bar’ starring in Tabu with a budget of Rs 15 million. The film was critically acclaimed and a box office success, which took Bhandarkar into the top league of filmmakers in Bollywood. 

In 2010, National Film Archive of India (NFAI) announced the preservation of his movies.‘Chandni Bar’, ‘Page-3’, ‘Corporate’, ‘Traffic Signal’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Jail’ have found space in Government's archival data for Indian films.

His movie ‘Chandni Bar’ was also screened during the fest amongst landmark 25 films from world cinema.

Madhur has been conferred with the prestigious ‘PL Deshpande Award’ for significantly shaping the film making culture in his unique works and he has been described as ‘The Filmmaker of the First Decade of the 21st Century’.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Madhur received the ‘National Film Award’ for the ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Director’ for his movies ‘Page 3’and ‘Traffic Signal’.

His movie ‘Fashion’ also won National Awards for ‘Best Actress’-Priyanka Chopra and for ‘Best Supporting Actress’- Kangana Ranaut.

He has received the ‘Raj Kapoor Smriti Award’ by the Government of Maharashtra for excellent contribution to Indian Cinema.

In 2015, Madhur received the ‘TSR TV9 Award’ for ‘Bollywood Creative Filmmaker’.

Why Madhur Bhandarkar ?

Madhur is known to create realistic films that receive critical acclaim and box office success. Today, he is one of the most renowned directors who is a perfect blend of talent and passion. He often talks about the fusion of creativity and hard work being the ultimate steps to success.

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