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" I am opposed to autobiographies, mainly because most autobiographies lie. "
" Acceptance is the only thing you should teach. Be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Dalit, you must inculcate acceptance, not tolerance. "
" I love reading all the mythological stories. I was brought up on them. "
" The creation of God itself, I deduced, came from our primal fear. "
" Acting ceases to be work because I enjoy it. But it feels like working when I do bad work, especially when I know it is bad. "
" If you ask my opinion, I don't look at a film according to its box office collection. "
" All stars are businessmen. Once you decide to become a star, you are talking about money, fame, and being successful. "
" The box office is a black money laundry shop. No business is straight. "
" 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. "
" We are not exercising our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for solutions in others. "
" I have been vociferous against government on things like beef. I used to eat beef, but I've stopped. That doesn't mean others shouldn't eat beef. "
" 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. "
" There is a lot to be learnt, and I am always dissatisfied. I am happy but not content. "
" 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? "
" Since I was 20, I wanted to make a short film and send it to international short film festivals. It never happened. I became too big a star to indulge in those things. "
" If it doesn't reach the last poor man, your constitution is wrong. "
" I'd like to keep updating myself. That's the only way to make life interesting. And because I am a performer, I like to do it deliberately and with purpose. "
" Sometimes we equate anger to destructive physical violence, but anger need not be martial. "
" We should work towards a legislation to sack non-performing politicians. This may not happen during my lifetime, but I will try for it anyway. "
" Entering politics would be like donning a crown of thorns. "
" 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
" When you don't take a stand against corruption you tacitly support it. "
" All my films are statements, especially when I write them. "
" 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. "
" I don't have tiffs with people. I only mind my business, but whatever interferes my freedom of expression, I have always voiced. "
" 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. "
" 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? "
" I've entered politics the moment I marked my finger with the electoral voting mark. So I've entered politics, but I am not a politician. I am doing my duty as a citizen of India. "
" If my idol Mahatma Gandhi could fight to eradicate corruption at the age of 78, why can't I try at 60? "
" Even if the country is run by a Mussolini, free speech will find its way. "
" 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. "