How did the actor in you evolve?
I have directed 17 movies. Working with stars I had to get them out of commercial moulds, showing them in my unlearnt way. Since then I’ve actually acted through my actors.
I would show Aishwarya (Rai) how to lower her voice during the dubbing of Chokher Bali. She tends to use a high-pitched voice.
So moving from behind the camera to in front of it was a natural progression?
Both roles you play represent the ‘other’....
It reflects a sensitivity towards understanding and being non-judgemental.
But in your own movies you tend to delineate mainstream romantic relationships.
Non-traditional relationships such as extramarital affairs have also played a part in my films such as Doshor and Antarmahal.
The popular notion is that both characters have been tailor-made for you.
On the contrary,...