So what if L. K. Advani saw Jail on Saturday 28 November and told Bhandarkar to make more of such meaningful films?
Madhur is done with films on grim social issues, but only for now. His next directorial venture will be a laugh riot. "Yes, I'm starting a comedy, though not slapstick like De Dana Dan. It would be more like the comedies of Hrishikesh Mukherjee."
Come January 2010, Madhur Bhandarkar will be producing 5 films for his banner Bhandarkar Films. "Two of these," informs Bhandarkar, "will be directed by me. Three others will be produced by me and directed by newcomers who I think deserve a break."
Madhur will direct two films one after the other in the first few months of 2010.
While one of the films that Madhur will direct will be a comedy, the other will be hard-hitting women's subject. "I'm not giving up my forte. I'm identified with a certain kind of cinema and I'll continue to make that kind of cinema. Some people said Jail was too grim. But I'm satisfied with the end-product and it won't lose money for anyone. But first I need to spread some laughter."
Apparently, Madhur's comedy will feature his favourite actress Tabu doing an image change.
At the Saturday screening in Delhi, Madhur Bhandarkar was present when L.K Advani, his daughter Pratibha Advani and the former Information & Broadcasting Minister Ravi Prasad Shankar saw the film.
"They all loved the film. Pratibha Advani said Jail was my best work to date. After the screening I asked Advaniji to call up Manoj Bajpai and Neil Nitin Mukesh since he liked their performances so much."
Madhur also met Ben Kingsley the 40th International Indian Festival of India in Goa this week. Kingsley expressed a keenness to watch Madhur's films. Madhur has arranged for them on DVD.
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