This Filmmaker recalled the time when he sold cassettes to sex workers and celebrities
This Filmmaker recalled the time when he sold cassettes to sex workers and celebrities
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Madhur Bhandarkar is one of the most loved filmmakers who is famous for making different films like Fashion, Page 3 and Babli Bounce in the recent interview opens up on his struggling days. 

The filmmaker speaking about his journey said, “Some circumstances came in our (lower middle-class) family that we went far below the poverty line. I couldn’t afford to go to school also, and I failed too. So I started doing odd jobs at a young age. At that time, in 1983-84, video cassettes just came into trend, and I felt it can be a business. So I would buy cassettes for ₹10 at one place and sell them at ₹30 to others. I first started as a delivery boy in 1982. For three to four months, I would deliver cassettes for others before I started my own business. Money started coming in, I would deliver cassettes to all houses.”

He further speaking about his journey and said, “I started on a bicycle and later I got a scooter. For three years, I delivered cassettes to all sorts of people-- sex workers, girls from beer bars, the underworld, at skyscrapers and bungalows as well as jhuggi jhopris, and to Bollywood people, to police. I delivered cassettes to Subash Ghai, Raj Sippi, and Mithun Chakroborty’ s houses. Mithun Da is so proud of me and says he can’t believe I am the same kid who delivered cassettes to me. His wife was a very gracious lady, and whenever I needed money, she gave me advance payments. I got a lot of love from that home.”

After some time his business failed and then he started assisting  Ram Gopal Varma, and played a small role in his 1995 film Rangeela, before making his debut as a director in the 1999 film Trishakti. While his first film failed, he gained success and recognition with his 2001 directorial Chandni Bar, which also earned a National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.

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