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stars in the film and the franchise itself.
I guess for people it was also the novelty to see two of me. I have never done it before. What is quite amazing is that the people and media at large kept it under wraps. Not that we asked them to protect it ó it is something that has happened organically.
As a film-maker and actor whose films have made it to the (Oscar) nominations, would you agree that it has helped create a market for your films outside of India?
See, every film has its own connect, it can drive itself on its own. I donít think an Oscar is essential to getting success in the world.
When Lagaan got nominated, a whole lot of people who otherwise would not even have heard of an Indian film, got to know about me, the film and I am assuming, they liked it. Itís been over 12 years now since Lagaan and I can sense that in all these years, my audience outside India has grown tremendously. I have so many people from different parts of the world coming up to me and recognising me. Obviously that has happened over time, but thatís an organic process. Lagaan did that, and then there was Rang De Basanti. 3 Idiots travelled a lot, so did Taare Zameen Par. Now the world is also becoming a smaller place. You can be anywhere in the world and you could get to know whatís going on. When you are a parent and talk about childcare, you get to know that a Hindi film on this subject has been made in India.
One of your earlier interviews in Screen mentions that after being dropped from Yash Chopraís Darr for asking for a joint narration. Now decades later, you have given two of your biggest hits with them. So has the industry in general and Yashraj Films in particular, changed the way it operates?
Within the industry, so much has changed. The way we approach our films has changed, the business has changed, the kind of films we make has changed as has the taste