Onir: 'I am a commercial filmmaker'
The director, whose I Am series of four films released on Friday, said that filmmakers still need to think about box office revenue.
Onir told Mumbai Mirror: "One needs to redefine the word commercial. If a film is made with 100 crores and recovers only half of it and on the other hand if a film is made in three crores and makes 15 crores, doesn't that make it commercial?"
The director cited a number of recent low-budget successes as examples of successful alternative cinema.
"Every filmmaker makes a film with a commercial sense or else how will he continue to make films?" questioned Onir. "Films like Do Dooni Chaar, Band Baaja Baaraat and Udaan are commercial films and I enjoy watching such films, but definitely not a film like Tees Maar Khan.
I Am, which was partially funded through donations on social networking sites such as Facebook, has received widespread critical acclaim since its release on Friday.
Onir recently told Digital Spy that he had been "overwhelmed" by the audience response to I Am.
The My Brother... Nikhil director also confirmed that one of the short stories in his new project was originally planned as a Karisma Kapoor comeback vehicle.