Madhur Bhandarkar has slammed rumours making the rounds that he is going ahead and making a film on the life of Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi. Though these rumours had started close to six months back (around the release of Jail), they had died their natural death with the filmmaker coming up with an instant denial.
However, now with more spice added to the entire affair courtesy the current situation that Modi and ex-Minister Shashi Tharoor have found themselves in, there was a buzz in the industry (yet again) that Bhandarkar may well begin work on the script and revive the film shortly.
Says a well placed industry source who has been closely following the progress of the entire episode surrounding the film (which supposedly also carries the title The Commissioner), "At one point in time, this film was a definite possibility since Lalit Modi was already in talks with Shailendra Singh from Percept. In fact Singh had also suggested the name of Madhur and there were talks of a big star being roped in to play Modi. However, Madhur never showed any interest since he was busy working on a couple of other scripts and wanted them to come on floors. He is surprised that tongues have started wagging all over again even though he had made his stand clear long time back."
Well, tongues had started wagging because of a very important development. There is confirmed news around Madhur's production house Bhandarkar Entertainment going ahead and registering titles like Cricket Politics aur Cheergirls and Cricket Politics and Models. No wonder, buzz was bound to become stronger as content of both the titles come quite close to what's actually happening in the life of Modi.
"Registering a title doesn't equate to a film being made", says a senior associate from Bhandarkar Entertainment, "These are mere insinuations and that's about it."
What does the man of the moment, Madhur Bhandarkar, have to say about the entire episode?
"Well, for the record, let me state once for and all that I am not making any film on Lalit Modi or IPL. Period. These are just baseless speculations which carry no substance whatsoever", says Bhandarkar without mincing any words, "I don't know why this news has started making the rounds all over again. I already have things on my plate to be taken care of. There are two scripts that are almost in the final stages and I would rather expend my energies there rather than begin something afresh."
Guess this should stop the tongues wagging now!