Bollywood News: Madhur Bhandarkar Speaks Out on the Industry’s Alleged Neglect of Sushant Singh Rajput
Bollywood News: In recent months, many Bollywood films such as Laal Singh Chaddha featuring Aamir Khan, Pathaan starring Shah Rukh Khan, and Brahmastra featuring Ranbir Kapoor, have been the subject of social media backlash under the #BoycottBollywood trend. In a recent interview, renowned filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, known for his movies like Chandni Bar and Fashion, addressed this issue, stating that it is just a passing phase. He also opined that the audience’s anger towards the film industry intensified after the tragic and sudden demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput at his residence in Mumbai in June 2020.
During a podcast with Maniesh Paul, Madhur Bhandarkar discussed the boycott culture prevalent in the film industry and mentioned that it is not new. He also stated that despite such trends, people still watch movies if the content is good. He cited examples of movies like Gangubai Kathiawadi, Kantara, The Kashmir Files, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 that were watched by people despite the #BoycottBollywood trend. According to Madhur, the boycott culture is just a phase, and if the content is strong, people will continue to watch movies.
Madhur Bhandarkar also mentioned that the boycott culture began after the tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, and he suggested that perhaps the late actor was ignored by the industry. Madhur said that Sushant came from a non-film background and struggled to make a name for himself in the industry. He added that Sushant’s untimely death triggered the public’s anger, and the boycott trend gained momentum from there. According to Madhur, it is the public’s opinion, and the industry should take it seriously.
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Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Indu Sarkar faced political opposition due to its setting during the Emergency time, a few years before the boycott trend started. The filmmaker revealed that he did not receive any support from the film industry at that time. He claimed that even those who speak about freedom of expression did not stand by his side, and no one even tweeted when his film was in trouble. He felt disheartened and was fighting a lonely battle. Despite that, he always stood for other people’s movies.
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