Mumbai, July 18 -- Twelve years ago, director Madhur Bhandarkar gave audiences an in-depth glimpse into the life of bar dancers with his film, Chandni Bar (CB; 2001). The critically-acclaimed film went on to bag four National Awards, including the top honour for lead actor, Tabu. On Tuesday (July 16), when news of the Supreme Court's decision to lift the ban on dance bars in Maharashtra emerged, Bhandarkar found himself taken back to the time when he was shooting the film. "My research had taken me to a lot of dance bars," says Bhandarkar, who had visited over 60 such venues before working on CB. "I'm happy these bars can re-open now; many people will be able to get back to earning their livelihood."
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