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Five films of Madhur Bhandarkar that uncovered the other ends of our perception
Chandni Bar (2001)
The society is shamelessly judgmental towards those in flesh business. Or wait, is it just flesh business? A bar dancer. A waitress with short skirts. A woman giving two damns to the society's red eyes and making her own way pisses us to a great deal. In 'Chandni Bar' , Tabu's character, ditched by fate, betrayed and raped by her own uncle, but not giving up, was an eye-opener. And maybe, ahead of our times too!
Page 3 (2005)
This is a must watch for people fancying how fun-filled and exciting a journalist's life. There's a constant ethical crisis; precisely because you're stuck between what you have to and what you should do. Add to that the pang of dissatisfaction that haunts you till you go to sleep; and may be when you sleep as well! Konkona Sensharma's character played one of the finest and aptly put across journalists on-screen, in this one.
Traffic Signal (2007)
Ever thought somebody's life could be dependent on the time you spend, stuck at a traffic signal? Life, and love too. 'Traffic Signal' was an extraordinary tale of an ordinary boy who grew up to run many such businesses at a traffic signal and eventually found his love too! Next Monday morning, give it a thought.
Every coin has two sides. On the other side of glamour. it's nothing but darkness. Cut-throat competition, no one worth your faith and brain-hammering expectations from ownself; and much more. 'Fashion' was a thorough tale of how the world of showbiz functions, and remains relevant forever.
'Heroine' ran around more or less the same theme as 'Fashion', although it was more about a single woman's dismay from professional failures, complicated relationships and more. Kareena Kapoor Khan delivered one of her finest performances in the film.