Madhur Bhandarkar, the prolific filmmaker and winner of three National Awards has been selected by the Maharashtra government for the prestigious Raj Kapoor Smriti Award. The press release by the Maharashtra government claims Madhur Bhandarkar has been selected for this esteemed honor for his immense contribution to Indian Cinema. The award will be conferred upon him at a glittering ceremony on Aug 12, 2014.
Maker of hard hitting social relevant movies like CHANDNI BAR, PAGE 3, TRAFFIC SIGNAl, FASHION etc; Madhur Bhandarkar thanked the state government for admiring his contribution to Indian Cinema. Expressing his gratitude to his several fans who wished him for the accolade, Madhur Bhandarkar, tweeted, “Thank you to each one of you for the congratulatory messages you sent. I accept this Maharashtra State honour bestowed on me, in all humility.”
The Raj Kapoor Smriti award is a befitting for Madhur Bhandarkar because like the great showman Raj Kapoor, who dwelt with social issues in his movies like AWARA, which focused on the grave issue of orphans taking to crime, or BOOT POLISH, that focused on child labor or JAGTE RAHO and SHREE 420 that exposed the corrupt high profile citizens of society, JIS DESH MEIN GANGA BEHTI that gave a solution to the dacoit problem or PREM ROG that attacked the widow system or RAM TERI GANGA MELI that exposed the decaying political system of India and HEENA that focused on Indo Pak friendship.
Likewise Madhur Bhandarkar has dwelt with sensitive subjects in his movies like CHANDANI BAR, focusing on the evils of prostitutes, PAGE 3 exposing the media barons, TRAFFIC SIGNAL focusing on the woes of beggars of traffic signal and FASHION revealing the naked truth of fashion world.
The Raj Kapoor Smriti award is yet another feather in the already studded cap of Madhur Bhandarkar. Besides winning National awards for CHANDANI BAR, PAGE 3 , and TRAFFIC SIGNAL. Madhur Bhandarkar has won many International acclaim too.
His most successful film PAGE 3 that exposed the malpractices of media world won high acclaim at the Raindance Film Festival, London 2006 and IFFLA Los Angeles 2006.
His other hit film FASHION that revealed the naked truth of the fashion industry was also appreciated at many foreign film festivals like it was shown at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival 2009, Festival de Festivals, St.Petersburg 2009 and Norway Bollywood Festival 2009.