For Bhandarkar, ‘Heroine’ Verdict’s Phenomenal

Madhur Bhandarkar facedmany hurdles while makingHeroine — the filmmaker is nowdelighted to see the response andhas expressed gratitude to thepeople who supported him allthrough.”After 72 days of extensiveshooting and great team work, Iam a happy man with theresponse Heroine has got.
So tobegin with, I am thankful to allof you, my audience, for whom Imake my film.It’s not an easy task to makea film that is about your ownindustry and yet I am glad thateverything fell in place,”Bhandarkar wrote on his blog.
Made at a budget of Rs.21crore and “released at the cost ofRs.32 crore with print and publicity”,the Kareena Kapoor-starrergarnered a net collection ofnearly Rs.53.50 crore worldwideby the second week, he wrote.Bhandarkar feels it is “a phenomenalverdict for a heroineorientedfilm”.
Bhandarkar had at firstannounced Heroine withAishwarya Rai, but the film gotinto trouble after it wasannounced that the actress optedout of it due to her pregnancy.Then Kareena came onboard. Heroine chroniclesbehind-the-scenes aspects of asuperstar actress’s life.It released Sep 21.
“Heroine would not havebeen an experience to cherishand a success to enjoy if not formy entire team.May it be Kareena, ArjunRampal, Randeep Hooda, DivyaDutta, Shahana Goswami, myteam of writers, technicians,direction, production, marketingteam and PR team. Beliefsstrengthened with the support ofRonnie Screwvala and SiddharthRoy Kapur,” said Bhandarkar.
The filmmaker, known formaking films like Chandni Bar,Traffic Signal and Fashion, hasoften invited criticism for unravellingthe dark secrets.But he said: “For me, whatmatters is my honesty in my narrative.””I have always respected thecriticism but have stood strongby my convictions.Otherwise the journey fromChandni Bar to Heroine wouldhave been an impossible one totake,” he added.