Manu Bhandari’s writings impressed a number of films not only for the silver display however for the small display, too. Many of her books and tales had been tailored as tv movies for the Doordarshan period. Of probably the most notable Hindi function movies had been director Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Rajnigandha’ (1974) tailored from her story titled Yehi Sach Hai and ‘Swami’ (1977) for which Bhandari wrote the dialogues.
The function movie ‘Samay Ki Dhara’ (1986) was tailored from her second novel ‘Aap Ka Bunty’ nevertheless it bumped into bother when Bhandari sued the makers over artistic variations.
Apart from these, her tales Akeli, Trishanku, Mahabhoj, Nasha and Rani Maa Ka Chabutara had been all tailored into telefilm by varied filmmakers.