Two years later, Bhardwaj came out with his highly acclaimed movie
"Maqbool", an adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play
"Macbeth". It didn't boast of a star line up either
-- Pankaj Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Tabu formed the cast.
But his next directorial venture "Omkara",
again based on Shakespeare's play "Othello", was bejwelled
with big names like Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor,
Bipasha Basu and Vivek Oberoi.
His latest hit "Kaminey" too had Bollywood
stars Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.
Now Bhardwaj is trying to sign Hrithik and Priyanka
for his next venture. "I am in talks with Hrithik for a film
but nothing is confirmed at the moment. However, Priyanka is confirmed
for that project," he informed.
The 49-year-old started his Bollwyood innings
as a composer for Gulzar's "Maachis" (1996) followed
by movies like "Satya" (1998) and "Chachi 420"
(1998) before taking on the director's mantle. He has proved his
versatility as a music composer, singer, writer and filmmaker.
When asked what among these gives him maximum
creative satisfaction and enjoyment, Bhardwaj said: "Enjoyment
keeps changing. When you are making a song and it turns out to
be very good, then you enjoy that process and that gives you creative
"Similarly, when you are making a film,
you keep struggling on it for seven-eight months to set it right
and finally when you see the result then that too gives you creative
satisfaction and enjoyment. Satisfaction, happiness, enjoyment
are all very momentary. They keep changing," he said.
Bhardwaj was in the capital to attend the 11th
Osian's Cinefan Film Festival and said that such festivals are
imperative so that movie aficionados can see entire films without
"People need to see the entire films. Normally,
the censor board cuts half of the film; at least there is some
place where we can see the film without censorship," he said.
He also feels that censorship should be a personalised
thing. "We should be our own censor boards. It should not
be imposed on us. This censor board came from the British because
they didn't want the Indian movement and Indian struggle to be
seen by others, but somehow laws in our country don't change,"