Scare Squad: Karan, Zoya, Dibakar & Anurag

Scare Squad: Karan, Zoya, Dibakar & Anurag

Despite completing over two decades in Indian cinema, you have never limited yourself, creatively. Be it filmmaking, production, mentoring or acting; you have done it all. But what brings out your passion optimally to the fore?
I am most passionate about filmmaking, everything else is a subsidiary of what I do. Being a director will always be my primary and only passion. 

You have never shied away from experimenting with concepts. From Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’s coming of age take on adultery to narrating the beauty of unrequited love in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Do you think the audience has evolved with time and is finally moving ahead of the usual song and dance routine?
I think Indian Cinema in general has evolved along with the audience. We used to tell stories very differently in the 90s when I made my first film, then came the 2000s and today cinema is more identifiable, and real storytelling is the urge of the day. The integration of music within the narrative is what is happening. It is no longer a cut to song situation which used to happen when I began making movies back in the 90s. Today cinema is more natural, organic and has a more relatable and resonant feeling about it. 

How do you think fatherhood has evolved you as a person? How do you balance your hectic schedule and spend time with Yash and Roohi?
Fatherhood has been the most amazing part of my life. I can’t put my feelings into words when I wake up everyday in the morning and see the faces of my two beautiful children. I feel so privileged and honoured to be a father and a mother both rolled into one. I think it just made me more responsible, accountable and more relatable in a sense because when you are dealing with children you become a child yourself. Coming to my schedule, time management is overrated. I think there is a lot of time in a day to achieve many things, from work, personal commitments to taking time off. 

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