Madhur Bhandarkar says Tamannaah Bhatia hasn’t got her due in film industry

Madhur Bhandarkar says Tamannaah Bhatia

Madhur Bhandarkar says Tamannaah Bhatia hasn’t got her due in film industry, reveals why he chose to cast Prateik Babbar as a migrant worker

During the Masterclass segment at the ongoing 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar talked about how Tamannaah Bhatia hasn’t got her due in the film industry and how his team was apprehensive about casting Prateik Babbar in the role of a migrant worker in his film India Lockdown.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on Wednesday was in a conversation with Taran Adarsh during the Masterclass segment at the ongoing 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa. He talked about how Tamannaah Bhatia hasn’t got her due in the film industry and how his team was apprehensive about casting Prateik Babbar in the role of a migrant worker in his film India Lockdown.

Talking about Tamannaah, Madhur said that she is a very talented actress and absolutely good looking but she has not got her due. She has worked in the south film industry for a long time and he feels happy for her that his film Babli Bouncer has changed her graph.
Talking about Prateik, the filmmaker revealed that his writing team were not too keen about casting the actor because he had tattoos all over his body and for a film, he had done all his hair blue when he was called in his office. He said that Prateik was looking like a punk but he had a certain conviction in him.
When Madhur narrated the film to Prateik, he asked the filmmaker, “Are you calling me for this role? Do you think I will be able to do it?” And Madhur said, “Yes, I think you can do it.” The filmmaker then asked his makeup artist to change Prateik’s look completely and make him look like a migrant worker. He also told Prateik to draw his inspiration from his late mother Smita Patil and father Raj Babbar by watching their performances in their films.

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During the conversation, Madhur also talked about how he made his 2005 film Page 3 with a budget of only Rs 2.5 crore. Since he couldn’t cast big stars in his film, he decided to approach Konkona Sen Sharma for the lead role.
Though Madhur was in two thoughts whether Konkona will do the film or not, the actress had a complete conviction in him. She told him that he is a good filmmaker and knows that he can do justice to it since she had already seen his films Satta and Chandni Bar and she always wanted to work with him.
The movie went on to bag several accolades including three National Film Awards, including the Golden Lotus Award for Best Film, Silver Lotus Award for Best Screenplay and Silver Lotus Award for Best Editing.

Konkona was also bestowed with the title of Best Female Debut at Zee Cine Awards and it also earned Madhur a nomination for Best Director at Filmfare Awards.

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