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Sweet moments, sour memories

Madhur Bhandarkar takes a break from work to indulge his sweet tooth

— Photo: R.V. Moorthy



LIFE'S NO FORBIDDEN FRUIT: Madhur Bhandarkar enjoys his meal

YOU MIGHT end up in a soup if you don't know how to cook, is the lesson Madhur Bhandarkar learnt the hard way. He might be still basking in the success of Page 3, but the very thought of "those half-cooked prawns" laid out before him as part of a Peruvian menu, "those potatoes burnt to death" and three days of "starvation" in a foreign country, still makes him shudder. No such woes for the time being though, as he gets ready to enjoy a meal at an upmarket restaurant. As he starts the meal with sweet corn soup, you discover a new Madhur. He might be unveiling the dark realities of the society through critically acclaimed films like Chandni Bar and Satta, but personally he comes across as a shy guy, who "takes a lot of time to open up." His reserved nature even prevents him from eating in an unfamiliar gathering. So he prefers to sit at an isolated place in the restaurant.

"I come from a middle class family of Maharashtra. I never treated the film industry as a permanent place to stay. You never know when you suddenly find yourself a misfit there, or others declare you an oddball. So I try to keep myself grounded," says the filmmaker. And it is this grounded nature that also prevents him from "too much experimenting on foreign food". "Wherever I am, I love to eat dal, chawal, chole and matar. I relish spicy food," he reveals. Though vegetarian by preference, he says he "just cannot resist fish". His wife Renu, who is also his long time friend, knows the way to his heart is through his stomach. He laughs, "That's right. Actually my mother is an extremely good cook. She has developed my taste for good food. Renu knew how to cook before marriage, but after the marriage both of them exchanged their knowledge, and I am reaping the benefit."

And his expertise in cooking scrambled eggs and aloo-matar ki sabzi sometimes benefits them too. "I make anda-mirchi ki bhurji with a lot of passion. I believe nobody can make it better than me," he declares.

Indelible memories

Choosing yellow tadka dal, chawal, chapatti, vegetarian noodles and salad from the buffet, he recalls, , "Once my mother was not at home. I was very hungry so I tried to make potatoes. But standing for 25 minutes before the gas didn't help, as I didn't know how to cook them. I burnt them to ashes. After that I decided never to cook."

But a trip to Moscow when Chandni Bar was chosen for the Moscow film festival made him reconsider his decision. "There was no food anywhere that I could eat. It was very frustrating. So I went to a restaurant, barged into the kitchen, boiled tomatoes and potatoes, placed them between two slices of bread and ate that. I continued doing this for three days."

For dessert there is a platter full of desserts like crθme caramel, German walnut slice, Irish cream fantasy, kesri phirni and mango mousse.

He has quite a big sweet tooth, no? With a name like Madhur (sweet), it's inevitable.

Jab naam Madhur hai to meetha to khana hi chahiye," he winks.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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