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We look at cinema differently: Kiran Rao

Having a star actor-filmmaker like Aamir Khan as her husband doesn’t give Kiran Rao reason enough to either cast him in a movie or compete with him at the box office.

The Dhobi Ghat director will be content if ‘different kinds’ of movies can co-exist with the ‘changing’ star system in filmdom.

‘I don’t think I will ever be able to give competition to Aamir. Different kinds of films don’t need to compete,’ Kiran, who had teamed up with Aamir in her directorial debut, said.

Aamir is known as one of the biggest commercial stars in tinsel town, with blockbusters like Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini and 3 Idiots
to his credit. He is popular as the man with a Midas touch and this was evident when he presented non-commercial comic satire Peepli Live, which emerged as a major commercial hit of 2010.

Kiran, who has Aamir’s constant support, isn’t too much into calculating the box-office figures, but believes that when ‘some films earn Rs100 crore, it’s good for small films like ours (mine), because it strengthens the industry and more money comes in.’ She doesn't feel her movies and Aamir’s films are ‘necessarily competitive’.

‘I only hope that everybody continues to make different kinds of films,’ added the filmmaker, who is inclined towards non-commercial and offbeat scripts.

She is glad the star system in the Hindi film industry is changing.

She feels that it will still take time, but ‘(now) people don’t necessarily go (to cinemas) because there is a star in the film. I don't think the star system, which existed 15 to 20 years ago, still exists.’
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