"I am very glad at this felicitation and felt absolutely great to meet our community in USA. It is an absolutely great feeling. Also, what holds utmost importance is the love and regards that people had for my work. I guess that was the biggest appreciation of all since it came straight from the heart. On my personal interaction with so many people who had gathered there, I realised that they had seen so many of my films from the past, right from the days of Chandni Bar. They look forward to my cinema and were excited to know about my upcoming film", says Bhandarkar who is now back in town and contemplating his next film.
At the event, Madhur addressed a gathering of about 1000 people where he spoke about Indian culture and contribution of Film Industry to the same. He also shared his thoughts on the contemporary Indian cinema and how it has enriched the Indian Culture.
"It was a great experience because even in overseas, people relate so much to Bollywood cinema", gushes Bhandarkar for whom 2010 has begun on a high, what with couple of more National Awards coming his way, courtesy Fashion, "Everyone wanted to know a lot about our Indian cinema and I proudly shared my experience with them. I am proud to be endorsing the Indian cinema."
Bhandarkar went on to share the stage with Honourable Governor of Washington, Senators, Congressmen and Community convener to receive the honours. The event also saw a cultural program which was followed by a prize distribution ceremony that was presided upon by Bhandarkar.