Vishal Bhardwaj is the name to reckon with these days in Hindi cinema. His movies are always successful but there is an uncannily similarity in the the place where the movie is set up or the characters in the movie , most of them are Brahmins and that too from the state of Uttar Pradesh may be because he is also from there. Be it be the Omkara of Omkara , Guduu of kaminey or the Krishna Verma of Ishqiya
One feels that he is on a quest to make Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh to be cool though many could argue that these have been just the recent movies where his characters have been such, but in reality wherever his role was as director he has always done so.
His recent movie kaminey touches upon the migration issue in India which is very sensitive where a boy from Uttar Pradesh brahmin family marries a marathi girl and all hell breaks lose and his twin brother is into earning money the wrong way.
Then comes his movie Omkara which has been a smashing success , it was again focused on the the Brahmin character where the main protagonist is Half Brahmin and not to mention the film is based in Bhardwaj’s homeland Uttar Pradesh.
Then his latest release Ishqiya deals with another brahmin protagonist but this time it was a female and she is searching for her “dead ” husband but has two lovers for her who are Muslims. Probably Mr Bhardwaj was trying to do always with the “Brahmin chauvinism ” where his characters were male and they got away doing almost everything. His wife rekha Bhardwaj too is an exceptional singer and provides deeply melodious songs for his movies varying from naina and beedi in omkara. Her voice is classic and the singing style very spiritual, the recent song in movie Raavan name “ranjha ranjha” is also sung by her.
Certainly when you have got everything in your house ranging from writer to director to composer to singer to producer you can make movie as per your choice which is a done deal but one would feel that an able director and writer like Vishal Bhardwaj must not confine himself and his characters to certain communities or regions.
The following are his movies list :
|2011||Saat Khoon Maaf||Director|
|2010||Ishqiya||Composer, Writer, Producer|
|2009||Kaminey||Composer, Director||Nominated Star Screen Award For Best Director & Star Screen Award For Best Music Director|
|U, Me Aur Hum||Composer|
|2007||No Smoking||Composer, Producer|
|Dus Kahaniyaan||Writer (Dialogue & Screenplay)|
|Blood Brothers||Director, Writer (Dialogue)|
|2006||Omkara||Composer, Director, Writer (Dialogue & Screemplay||
|2005||The Blue Umbrella a.k.a Chhatri Chor||Composer, Director, Producer||Won the Golden Lotus Award for Best Children’s Film at the National Film Awards, India. Shared with Ronnie Screwvala|
|2003||Maqbool||Composer, Director, Producer, Writer (dialogue & screenplay)||
|Kagaar: Life on the Edge||Composer|
|2002||Makdee||Composer, Director, Producer, Writer (Story & Dialogue)||Won 2nd Place, the Adults Jury Award, at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival in the ‘Live-Action Feature Film or Video’ category|
|2001||Love ke liye kuch bhi karega||Composer|
|Choo Lenge Akash||Composer|
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar||Composer|
|1999||Hu Tu Tu||Composer|
|Godmother||Composer||Won the Silver Lotus Award for Best Music Director, part of the National Film Awards, India|
|Jahan Tum Le Chalo||Composer|
|Tunnu Ki Tina||Composer|
|1996||Maachis||Composer||Won R D Burman Award for New Music Talent|