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" I am very angry, and you don't need angry politicians. You need politicians with great balance. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" All my films are statements, especially when I write them. "
" We are not exercising our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for solutions in others. "
" If it doesn't reach the last poor man, your constitution is wrong. "
" 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. "
" Happiness is perhaps painlessness, a state one rarely appreciates. Happiness, then, is very much like a great talent. It rarely gets appreciated and is taken for granted. "
" I don't have tiffs with people. I only mind my business, but whatever interferes my freedom of expression, I have always voiced. "
" When classical singers or dancers look at cinema with derision, I have half a heart to tell them that they're wrong. They're losing a platform. "
" 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. "
" All stars are businessmen. Once you decide to become a star, you are talking about money, fame, and being successful. "
" Entering politics would be like donning a crown of thorns. "
" Once you attain stardom, you lose that finer touch with society. When you are a man on the street, you get to know every vibration. But once you attain this status, more than you, people become self-conscious by your presence. "
" 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. "
" Even if the country is run by a Mussolini, free speech will find its way. "
" The box office is a black money laundry shop. No business is straight. "
" 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'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. "
" The most feared thing should be death, but after a lot of rumination, I have settled to fear incessant pain. It is not a 'screaming hysterically' kind of fear but a silently lurking one. "
" I've always believed in speaking my mind, and I think the technology has made it more prominent. Even a common man's voice is heard prominently now, much to the chagrin and surprise of politicians. They aren't used to that. "
" We got to go one step further than even 'Make in India.' Let's make India itself - India 2.0, the updated version. "
" Today, we should look for people with great organizational skills to run a government - not just leaders, who are good with people. "
" I am opposed to autobiographies, mainly because most autobiographies lie. "
" 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. "
" Sometimes we equate anger to destructive physical violence, but anger need not be martial. "
" When you don't take a stand against corruption you tacitly support it. "
" You must have anger, as rightful wrath is what makes you create your own ethical standards. "
" When I was 16, I felt I might be left with some effeminacy because of all the dancing. I was so full of classical dance that I wanted to get away and do something else. "
" I used to be a wannabe Genghis Khan and will always be that. He never lost any battles. Then I swung to the other side of the spectrum and settled on Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Now I realise I should identify myself with those who strengthen my argument. "