Madhur Bhandarkar on casting Tamannaah in Babli Bouncer: ‘People will ask where was she all this time’


Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar is pulling all strings to promote his film Babli Bouncer starring Tamannaah Bhatia, which will release on Disney Hotstar. In an exclusive conversation with Hindustan Times, the happy director ensured, “People will have a smile on their face after watching the film.” (Also Read | Babli Bouncer trailer: Tamannaah Bhatia packs a punch as she becomes bouncer from bodybuilder. Watch)

Babli Bouncer explores the world of female bouncers, indeed a different subject in the romantic-comedy genre. But why only bouncers? Madhur Bhandarkar said, “I am known to make films on subjects which nobody has touched before. I found the world of bouncers very interesting, but female bouncers are something new. Then we researched and found how most bouncers come from Haryana. They come to Delhi-Mumbai for work.”

In the film, Tamannaah plays Babli, a female bodybuilder in her village. The director described her character, “Babli is very feisty, prankster, bindas, naughty and romantic by heart. I never had such a character before in my film as the lead. Females in my films are different, at times submissive like Tabu in Chandni Bar. But Babli has opposite elements. We wanted to make a light-hearted comedy, but at the same time, you will find the characters very real. They aren’t over the top, something far-fetched from reality. Because I have an audience who watches Madhur Bhandarkar films in a manner. I wanted to keep that essence because my audience is important. They know my films are real.”

The film stars Tamannaah opposite Abhishek Bajaj who rose to fame after Karan Johar’s Student of the Year 2. He came under Madhur Bhandarkar’s scanner in an organic way when the latter spotted him on Twitter. How did it happen? Madhur, who was initially confused, shared, “I didn’t know who to cast. One day I was going through my timeline and saw an article on Abhishek Bajaj with his photo. I just clicked the link and found out he was in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. I haven’t watched the film but somewhere I liked him. I forwarded it to my team and that’s it! He gave an audition and came on board.” Abhishek appears as Babli’s boss and her love interest in the film.




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