You already have written an autobiography in Telugu. Is this different?
It’s partly similar. It has more of a national perspective, and draws more from my Bollywood years, and has more for the audience that saw me post-Rangeela.
Are your films essentially about the gangfights you saw in college?
There are class-room influences which carried over. The psychological aspects of characters encouraged me as well.
Do directors need to be ‘master manipulators’?
The medium should exist to create a specific emotion. Yes, a fair bit of manipulation is required.
Do you think your tremendous output of films burnt you out?
Yes and no. It did allow me a greater variation.
You laugh about your flops in the book. Would you do them, say Aag, differently?
I think I was making a caricature of the original. This time I would take the original plot and go from there.
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