Madhur Bhandarkar: Off to ask God for a heroine?

Maybe divine intervention is the only route that the director can take right now. Everyone seems to be letting him down where Heroine is concerned!

Poor Madhur Bhandarkar. The director of such fabulous films as Chandni Bar and Page 3 has been having a dreadful time of it where his ambitious project Heroine is concerned. First it was Kareena Kapoor, who kept him waiting for months – years? – and then decided that she could not possibly do the scenes showing intimacy et al. Then the so-beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan stepped in and much was made of the whole shebang, including a high-profile announcement at the Cannes film festival in June this year. But the suspiciously amply-curved ARB was, as many suspected, on the verge of making an announcement about her ‘interesting condition’ and was, and in a flurry of bad vibes, conflicting reports, told-you-sos and congratulations, parted ways from the whole thing. And Madhur went into self-imposed hibernation for a while, only now blogging that “This decision of pulling the plug had a devasting effect on me … It was like an avalanche collapsing on me… I was in a state of total shock and depression… I have been working on the script for almost a year and a half…. I could not come to the office for almost 8 days for the fear of facing those people whose bread and butter depended upon the film… It was a collective decision of the Producers of the film to pull off the plug on the current assembled project…. It takes a heart of steel to take such a hard decision…” According to him, “I am still reeling in a state of shock…. But still chose to remain silent all these days; but was coerced into breaking my silence… as I realized that truth deserved to be told.” Truth be told, wethinks that he should rope old favourite and close buddy Tabu into the movie, since it needs someone who can not just look good, but also act and has the maturity to show so much emotion without being hammy. But for now, Madhur is taking time off to commune with a higher power. He tweets, “Off frm Hibernation going to seek divine blessings frm Golden Temple in d morning!!!” God bless him!