By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, July 4 (IANS) Two warring corporate
houses and a spillover of human links between enemy camps sounds
familiar. The buzz is that Madhur Bhandarkar's "Corporate" that
releases Friday is actually a remake of Shyam Benegal's 1980 drama
"By some coincidence both the old and new 'Kalyug' by Shyam-ji and
Anurag Basu are among my favourite films. I am a great admirer of
Shyam-ji's work. When I met him recently, I couldn't stop gushing. His
'Kalyug' may have been at the back of my mind when I decided to make a
film on a corporate war. But 'Corporate' is not a remake of 'Kalyug',"
Bhandarkar told IANS.
"Moreover, his film had big stars like Shashi Kapoor and Rekha. My
film has only one star, and that is Bipasha," he added.
Is the star-system finally collapsing? Going by the way Bhandarkar's
career as a filmmaker is going, it would seem he is unconsciously ready
to demolish the star culture.
Bhandarkar's career-making film "Chandni Bar" had been made at an
estimated budget of Rs.20 million and it made sizeable profits in every
His "Page 3" surprised everyone, including the film's ailing
production company Percept Pictures smarting under several box office
blows until then, by garnering great reviews and making a turnover
With "Corporate", Bhandarkar is expected to perform a hat-trick of
path-breaking box office hits.
The film made on a budget of Rs.40.25 million has been sold to every
major territory in India at an estimate price of Rs.10 million per
This means "Corporate" is already a success on the table.
"What can I say? I am delighted. For a film that stars mostly
unknown or little-known stage actors, I guess it's an indication of the
trust the trade and distributors have in me. It is very reassuring to
have this faith shown in my film.
"Among my colleagues, I'm still looked on as a small filmmaker. I
don't mind that reputation as long as I am able to deliver a neat
profit for my producers and make the film without compromises. I have
made 'Corporate' just like I made 'Page 3', without any
As he sees it, there are no fixed formulas or magic potions to
ensure a success, so it is better to make your films the way you want
to rather than the way you are expected to.
"Corporate" is the story of two warring corporate houses headed by
Rajat Kapoor and Raj Babbar.
"I don't think audiences have seen such a film since Shyam-ji's
'Kalyug'. But I repeat, 'Corporate' is not a remake."