Madhur's first National award was for Chandni Bar, which was selected as Best Social film, for the year 2002. Followed by Page 3 in 2005, which changed the entire stature of Madhur Bhandarkar. This film, apart from winning him rave reviews, also won the National award in best Feature Film category. Film Traffic Signal now becomes his third in a row National Award, as he is announced as the best film director of 2007, for his work in the film.
Madhur recalls these as one of the greatest moments of his life. "I thank my audience, my fans and all those people who saw the movie. It is this love and affection of the audience, that gives me the immense freedom of creativity and deliver something very new and out of league." He quips.
Madhur ran a video cassette library in Khar- Mumbai, before he turned film director. This gave him access to a large collection of movies and studying movie making. It was the first National award for Chandni Bar that boosted Madhur's confidence to establish himself into the top league of filmmakers in Bollywood. Since then, success follows him on every project.
Madhur is always known for his socially relevant and hard hitting films. After out of ordinary films like Satta, Page 3, Corporate and his third in a row National award winning film Traffic Signal , Madhur is all set to come up with his next film Fashion, which stars many top Bollywood celebs like former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Mugdha Godse.
In most of his films Bhandarkar has projected the female the main protagonist. This has been seen in four of his films: Tabu in Chandni Bar, Raveena Tandon in Satta, Konkona Sen Sharma in Page 3 and Bipasha Basu in Corporate. But Traffic Signal was a different attempt, which was very well accepted by the audience and the critics.
"My movies are not explosive, maybe they just hold up a mirror to society. My movies are not judgmental, I just show what happens in our society, sometimes there could be a solution and sometimes there may be none. Life goes on." He adds.
With Hat-trick of National awards already under his belt, Madhur's Fashion, which is making quiet a buzz and is awaiting to unfold many surprises, will now be reviewed with much more anticipation and expectations.