Madhur Bhandarkar becomes IMC chairman

National award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar recently added a new feather in his cap when he was made the chairman of the expert committee on entertainment, media and sports under the premier industry and trade organization, Indian Merchants’ Chamber. Established in 1907, the Indian Merchants’ Chamber has played a very significant role over the years to stabilize the Indian economy and to consolidate the interest of Indian businesses.

The president of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Prabodh Thakker states that he hopes that with Bhandarkar’s guidance, further developments will be achieved during the ‘FUSION’. It is the organization’s flagship annual event on sports, media and entertainment.  Before Bhandarkar, personalities like Balkrishna Shroff, Manmohan Shetty and Karan Johar has held this position

On his part, Bhandarkar has thanked Prabodh Thakker for trusting him with this very honorable position. The noted filmmaker has already proposed to increase the amount of activities undertaken by this committee. He is willing to take up tax framework and policy related issues with the relevant authorities as soon as possible. Madhur Bhandarkar will also be paying attention to a host of topics that cover current trends and issues, deal with emerging technologies and consumer engagement in the modern world, creation of quality content, involvement of genuine talent, social media’s influence on the relevant issues and new age apps, technical aspects related with Indian film industry, copyright and piracy issues and the latest developments in fields of sports, media and entertainment sectors.  The main essence of the activities will be to achieve growth with governance which is the theme of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber this year.

Madhur Bhandarkar entered the film industry as an assistant filmmaker. After some time he became assistant director in Ram Gopal Verma’s film ‘Rangeela’ in 1995 where he also played a cameo role. In the year 1999 he made his directorial debut with the low budget, low key cast film ‘Trishakti’ which failed to make any mark. In 2001 his film ‘Chandni Bar’ got released with noted actress Tabu playing the lead. It received tremendous critical acclaim and won a National award for its portrayal of social issues. He also won national award for films like- ‘Page 3’ (2005) and ‘Traffic Signal’ (2007). Other films like ‘Fashion’ and ‘Corporate’ have also received critical acclaim and box office success. Several of his films are preserved by the National Film Archive of India and he has received international acclaim as well.