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" I don't have tiffs with people. I only mind my business, but whatever interferes my freedom of expression, I have always voiced. "
" There is a lot to be learnt, and I am always dissatisfied. I am happy but not content. "
" 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
" 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. "
" All stars are businessmen. Once you decide to become a star, you are talking about money, fame, and being successful. "
" 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. "
" When you don't take a stand against corruption you tacitly support it. "
" 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. "
" I don't remember myself to be a forefront fighter, but when pushed to a point with a wall behind me, there is only one way forward. Later you can call it a Rambo syndrome, but I never regret it, as it comes naturally to me, and in my mind, that is the only way. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If my idol Mahatma Gandhi could fight to eradicate corruption at the age of 78, why can't I try at 60? "
" 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. "
" Entering politics would be like donning a crown of thorns. "
" 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. "
" Today, we should look for people with great organizational skills to run a government - not just leaders, who are good with people. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If it doesn't reach the last poor man, your constitution is wrong. "
" All my films are statements, especially when I write them. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Sometimes we equate anger to destructive physical violence, but anger need not be martial. "
" I am very angry, and you don't need angry politicians. You need politicians with great balance. "
" 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? "
" We are not exercising our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for solutions in others. "
" A political party is about an ideology. And I don't think my goals in politics can match the ideology of any political party. "
" If you ask my opinion, I don't look at a film according to its box office collection. "