madhur bhandarkar is travelling to Moscow for a ceremony where he would be felicitated by Sovex Port Film, Ministry of Culture of Russia, for his work in Fashion, Page 3 and Traffic Signal.
This is yet another international award for this filmmaker who has already seen three National Awards coming his way for his work in Chandni Bar, Page 3 & Traffic Signal.
Considering the fact that his films have been making some good impact in Russia of late, what does he feel could be a possible reason for Russians embracing his work?
"I guess it's the similarity in the socio-economic conditions in both the countries", comments Madhur after pondering on the observation for a while, "Both the countries also have quite a lot of similarities when it comes to cultural background. Traditionally we have boasted of a similar heritage. Issues too are common though the magnitude differs. All these factors combined together should bring the two countries even closer by means of cinema. I would definitely love to see that not just mine but films made by other Indian filmmakers also start getting more visibility in this territory."
Regarding the honour that he is getting in Moscow, he comments, "I am extremely honoured with this award to my name and I am glad that I am getting a chance to represent my nation once again. Already I have been honoured here with the screening of my film Fashion at recently concluded Moscow International Film Festival where my film was given a standing ovation. Also my film Chandni Bar was given accolades in the same festivals years back. I feel really lucky and blessed that I am getting another chance to represent my nation here. I thank all the audience there in India, all my supporters, the team of all my films that I have been awarded for and of course the Ministry of Culture of Russia."
Meanwhile his Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer Jail is all set for release on 6th November.