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"I have stopped reacting to such comparisons. The only thing that has changed for me is that I now get paid for the movies I make; and that has taken 12 years. I have now consciously tried to extract myself from any labels. I don't want my name to figure anywhere and have even renamed my company Sikhya. Expectations are a killer.
"I wish I could be a new filmmaker with a new name with every film. I just want the freedom to make my films," said the 40-year-old artiste, who is also known for his on-screen performances in films like 'I Am' and 'Trishna'.
The writer-director behind award-winning films such as 'Black Friday' and 'Gulal' now wants to only focus on direction and is also keen on exploiting the television medium with Western-style season-based dramas that are rooted in Indian sensibilities.
"The biggest problem has been the first-generation Indian Diaspora's control over film and TV content. They left India physically but not emotionally and were forcing the same stories down the second generation. And because the money was coming in dollars and pounds, that was the audience being catered to. But the next generation is now coming into its own and liberating itself. The mainstream itself is getting more rooted and when the mainstream gets rooted, everything else changes. The world has realised our cinema is changing and once the authorities in charge realise that too, it will reflect in the international awards scene as well," he said.