'I have never worked with latecomers'
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After all these years, how would you describe yourself as a director/producer?
* I am not short-tempered, impatient yes, but now after Krissh 3 which has taken three years, I have become more patient. I do get upset if an actor is late because my entire schedule goes haywire and creates a backlog. I have never worked with latecomers and I don't believe in the numbers game. It has to be a person's complete body of work.
How different is the atypical Hindi film producer from the new corporate producer?
* Corporates and studios only look at profits, but if people want to come to watch the film you have made, obviously you still carry some value for the audience. I mortgaged my house to make Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, but when corporates approach me they come with a budget, they don't understand my vision. Having said that, the transparency they have brought in is good.
Increasingly, we are watching new stories and narrative structures in Hindi films, something that you have tried as well. Do you think old stories lend themselves well to adaptation for new audiences?
* After Karan Arjun, I went wrong with Amrish Puri's character in Koyla because after DDLJ tastes had changed. He was no longer the villain we were used to seeing him as. The world is now a smaller place. Though we failed with Kites, the day is not far when Indian and foreign actors will work together.