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" Entering politics would be like donning a crown of thorns. "
" All my films are statements, especially when I write them. "
" When you don't take a stand against corruption you tacitly support it. "
" I audition for almost every role. I get into auditions even when I am just producing a film. Not that someone would fire me, but I keep trying various tests and keep working till I learn the job. "
" Tell me, when do you become a respectable person in society? When you start respecting yourself. That is when you take care of yourself, that is when you comb your hair, groom yourself, and cleanse your body. You do all this because you respect yourself. "
" Sometimes we equate anger to destructive physical violence, but anger need not be martial. "
" Would I get into politics? I'll just say what I tell people when they ask me this: Pray that everyday citizens like me aren't pushed to that corner. "
" I am very angry, and you don't need angry politicians. You need politicians with great balance. "
" I write the occasional poem. I think my dabbling in poetry makes me better at screenplays. Poetry teaches the value of condensing, the importance of talking in a few words. "
" If I were to believe in the stories of the of the gods, then the gods do not need mortals to defend them, do they? "
" Acceptance is the only thing you should teach. Be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Dalit, you must inculcate acceptance, not tolerance. "
" We are not exercising our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for solutions in others. "
" If reality TV is bad, so is Colosseum, so are the gladiators, so are sports. I think cricket is bad. But that's a point of view. "
" You have to appreciate the finer points of your work; criticise, too, if needed. I am also my own worst and most honest critic. I can say things which nobody will ever dare say. Even the best of friends will stop at a point, whereas I can go beyond. "
" You must have anger, as rightful wrath is what makes you create your own ethical standards. "
" There is a lot to be learnt, and I am always dissatisfied. I am happy but not content. "
" There is a buffet of ideologies for me to choose from. I've been a fan of certain communist and socialist ideals. Some have failed, some have succeeded. I've lived long enough to understand where all they failed. "
" A political party is about an ideology. And I don't think my goals in politics can match the ideology of any political party. "
" Politics is too big a game to feel the absence of a Kamal Haasan. "
" If it doesn't reach the last poor man, your constitution is wrong. "
" As a principle, I will never react to film criticisms. As long as they are part of film fraternity, whatever they say will be beneficial to cinema. "
" The fact that I've lived this long is not really an achievement. Time passes; we age... it's natural. This is why it annoys me when a person watches a movie and tells me that it was 'time pass.' Would time not have passed if he hadn't watched the film? "
" The creation of God itself, I deduced, came from our primal fear. "
" Even if the country is run by a Mussolini, free speech will find its way. "
" If you ask my opinion, I don't look at a film according to its box office collection. "
" People keep saying Balachander discovered me. I differ. He invented me. When a stalwart like him suggests that I act in films, who am I to refuse? "
Who Am I
" Today, we should look for people with great organizational skills to run a government - not just leaders, who are good with people. "
" I don't have tiffs with people. I only mind my business, but whatever interferes my freedom of expression, I have always voiced. "
" I am not the opposite of theism. I am right in the middle of those non-believers and believers. It's not even about being agnostic or nastik. Why would I take a name given to me by my opposition? I am just a rationalist. "
" I love reading all the mythological stories. I was brought up on them. "
" I cannot live on myths; somehow, science convinces me more easily. I am prone to lean towards science, ethics, and philosophy rather than myth, religion, and rituals. "