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it — 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 don’t 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. It’s 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 that’s 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 what’s 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 Chopra’s 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 of both, the audience and film-makers. If you look at a company like YRF, they are doing such fantastic work; I think one of the biggest things YRF has done is they have given young talent — directors, writers and technicians — a space to work in. It has emerged a strong and a positive force in the film industry. Adi (Aditya Chopra) is a very passionate film person and he gives it all. People from different walks of life are heard and given the opportunity to make films.
YRF is doing this on a larger scale, Ronnie (Screwvala of UTV)