Madhur Bhandarkar receives Pride of India award


MUMBAI: The three times National Award winning film director, Madhur Bhandarkar was felicitated with the Pride of India award by All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) chairman Maninderjit Singh Bitta. AIATF is a non-political and non-sectarian organization committed to foster a spirit of intellectual inquiry, understanding and goodwill among all people.

Bhandarkar was awarded this title for his contribution to Indian cinema and having won three National Awards. Bhandarkar won his first National award for Chandni Bar, which was selected as Best Social Film for the year 2002. Than came Page 3, which won the National award in Best Feature Film category. Film Traffic Signal became his third in a row National Award, as he was announced as the best Film Director of 2007.

“I am very glad to achieve this high honor. My movies are not exposive, maybe they just hold up a mirror to society. My movies are not judgmental, I just show what happens in our society, sometimes there could be a solution and sometimes there may be none. Life goes on,” says Bhandarkar.

He is currently working on his next film – Fashion, which stars Priyanka Chopra, Kangna Ranaut and Mugdha Godse. The movie is slated to release in November this year. Apart from this, Bhandarkar’s film titled Jail is scheduled for a release next year and stars Neil Nitin Mukesh.