From being a 'detective' on the small screen to his latest flamboyant avatar in Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Pankaj Kapur has never moulded himself for conventional roles in Bollywood.
And the veteran actor, 58, is happy to see directors breaking away from the formula in cinema and audiences demanding and encouraging quality films.
"There have been historical changes in last 20 years. Internet has emerged, quantity of television has increased and our audiences are more exposed to cinema from around the world.
"Because of the changes, those who used to criticise us for making different cinema, have started understanding that these films are reaching people. Though the audience of such films is still small, it is a very positive development for Indian cinema," Kapur said.
The actor, who was in Gurgaon to inaugurate a cinema hall at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute for patients and their family members, is happy that his latest big screen outing in Vishal Bhardwaj's film has been appreciated by the public.
The actor has had a long association with the director which started with 'Maqbool' and earned Kapur a National award.
Talking about his rapport with Bhardwaj, Kapur said, "Vishal is a very good director. The choice of his subjects is very new and unique and the way he accustoms it to Indian settings is remarkable.
We know each other's strengths and we utilise it to the best. When two people who trust each other completely work together, it automatically comes out well." (MORE)