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

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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