News|October 4, 2012 5:58 pm

I have my own cinema, critics may say what they want: Madhur Bhandarkar

Director Madhur Bhandarkar, known for his unconventional films like ‘Chandni Bar’, ‘Page 3’ and ‘Fashion’, has invited much critical acclaim from the industry, but has also invited criticism to some extent.

After ‘Chandni Bar’ released, bar owners were against me. People would meet me at traffic signals and say that what I showed about them (in ‘Traffic Signal’) was too much. Corporate world wanted to crucify me, and same goes with the fashion and Page 3 world. My films are not judgemental; in fact they are mirror to the society.

Madhur said

His last film, Heroine, has reportedly minted Rs 50 crore worldwide since its release Sep 21, opened to mixed reviews. Bhandarkar says he will continue to make his kind of cinema.

Critics can say whatever they like, I belong to ‘lawaaris’ camp. I have my own cinema, and there is an audience which appreciates my films and that’s all that matters to me.

said the 44-year-old, who made his directorial debut with ‘Trishakti’ in 1999.

After my directorial debut in ‘Trishakti’, I have seen the humiliation. Nobody supported me. I have seen the industry very closely. If you are popular, then people will flock you and if you are not, then same people will go to someone else.

he added.

The filmmaker has won National Awards for ‘Chandni Bar’ (2001), ‘Page 3’ (2005) and ‘Traffic Signal’. His latest film ‘Heroine’, starring Kareena Kapoor, uncovers the ups and downs in the life of a Hindi film actress.