When asked whether it had anything to do with Robert Vadra-DLF
case, Bhardwaj said, "I wrote the story much before this news. My
film deals with land acquisition issue generally. It talks about
how farmers are being deprived of their land in the name of
progress and malls and industrial plots are being built on that
land." The film's unusual title has been a tongue-twister for many
and there is a story about how the director came up with the name.
"While I was doing the recce for the film in Haryana, I found the
name 'Matru' and I liked it a lot and put it in my story. 'Bijlee'
is again a very interesting name and I thought why not use
In Haryana, people use their village's name in their title. "I
thought I will name the village as Mandola which is also the name
of Pankajji's character but we later found out that a village of
this name actually existed. I have been a huge fan of Amar,
Akbar, Anthony so I decided to name my film Matru Ki
Bijlee Ka Mandola," he said.
Imran admitted he was very scared to be a part of the film but
Bhardwaj took him as he was ready to work hard. "I joined films
without knowing anything and learnt gradually. We were very scared
but Imran was ready to work hard. The process was really
interesting," the director said. When questioned about women's
portrayal in movies and item songs, Bhardwaj said films should not
be blamed for everything. "Films don't spoil people or bring
revolution but somehow we attack them first so we face the ban on
cigarette and alcohol portrayal. Films are a reflection of the
society. Society is not a reflection of films. Sometimes women are
portrayed in certain ways in the item songs but they do well. If
people discard them, they will finish but people like such songs,"
Anushka, who plays the character of Bijlee, seemed to agree with
her director. "When we show nice men in our films why don't people
follow that. By blaming films for these things we are actually
getting away from the real problem. In Vishal sir's films, women
have been portrayed as strong beings."
Veteran Kapur, who was seen dancing in the film, said his role
was fun but he was a bit concerned initially. The director-actor
duo have worked together in films like Maqbool and
Blue Umbrella and Pankaj said getting back was an
enjoyable experience. "It is a real pleasure to work with Vishal
because his style of working is different. He always comes up with
interesting characters. I felt like I was a child who is being
Pankaj is seen dancing in the film, something he has done for
the first time. "I am dancing in the film, something that I have
not done in a long time. I was a bit concerned. It took some
practice. I am doing stunts in the film... I remember Vishal came
with a straight face at 3 in the night and told me that I had to
take a dip in the pond. It was very cold at that time but yes
working on the film made me feel younger than I am."
Anushka, who plays a loud-mouth, foreign educated village belle,
said, "My character does not speak much Haryanvi because I have
been educated in Oxford. I play Bijlee and she is true to her name.
My character has Meena Kumari complex which is about people who
love being sad. They love being tragic."