The powerpack element in the Bollywood industry, Vishal Bhardwaj is well known for his versatility from movie directions to music composing fields. From his Maqbool to Haider, Vishal Bhardwaj supervised some classic movies of Bollywood but still not got good progress at the box-office.

Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider, featuring Shraddha Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.

He himself said this in his recent interview that none of his films rocked in India Cinematic Industry. Vishal said that he does not even expect to make a lot of money from his movies and this is what the reason, commercial success is something that has never bothered him.

“No film of mine has worked at the box office. They never made money… None of my films. ‘Haider’ just recovered the money. Not even ‘Omkara’ I was told. But it doesn’t bother (me),” he said.

Maqbool (2003) was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Maqbool (2003) directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, featuring Tabassum Fatima Hashmi (Tabu) and Irrfan Khan

I have chosen to make such kind of films. I don’t expect a big ‘dhamaka’. If it ever happens, I will probably introspect,” he said at the 18th Jio MAMI International Film Festival with Star. The 51-year-old director also revealed he had a tough time making the 2002 horror drama “Makdee“.

Vishal Bhardwaj also directed 'Makdee'
Makdee starring Shabana Azmi as “Makdee” directed by Vishal Bhardwaj scoop 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Makdee was the toughest film. After I made the film, the children’s society rejected it and I had to release it on my own, Bhardwaj said about the movie which earned actress Shweta Prasad the National Award for the best child artiste. He may appear to be a calm and composed man but Bhardwaj said there have been times when he walked out of the set of his own films out of anger.

Vishal took advice from Gulzar
Vishal Bhardwaj, “Gulzar Saheb told me not to take anybody’s attitude and always choose emotion over logic.”

I have left the set in temper twice. Once in ‘Maqbool’ and ‘Haider’.” The director also shared an advice given to him by noted lyricist Gulzar, who is his frequent collaborator. “Gulzar Saheb told me not to take anybody’s attitude and always choose emotion over logic.”

The upcoming project of the filmmaker is Rangoon which is slated to be released on February 24th, 2017, will feature Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor in lead portrays. The film is the historical drama of romance during the period of World War II.


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