'Corporate' is not a remake of 'Kalyug': Madhur Bhandarkar ...

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

imageMumbai, 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

"Kalyug".

"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

territory.

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

profit.

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

territory.

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

compromises."

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."