In a New Direction
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Most of the producers-turned-directors believe that the move has provided an outlet for their creative instincts. Producer-actor Aamir Khan directed Taare Zameen Par (2007) as he found the story moving. The transition to direction, however, has not been easy for most. "I had been in the business for so many years, helping new talent come to the fore with unconventional stories. But when it was time for me to do the same, it took me a while to find a producer," Bahl had told The Indian Express in a previous interview. He is currently working on his second directorial venture, Queen. Arbaaz adds that as a producer, one understands there is money at stake — sometimes one's own — which makes one second-guess oneself.
These men may have found their calling behind the camera, but all of them want to continue in their current roles as producers; and in Arbaaz and Aamir's case, also as actors. Currently one of the four founders of Phantom Films, Bahl is of the opinion that it is about the love for storytelling. Arbaaz seconds him, adding that he intends to work with new talent in future. On his part, Aamir has decided upon the film he is going to direct next, but will take time before he occupies the director's seat. "Right now, I'm enjoying acting," he says.
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