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" 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? "
" All stars are businessmen. Once you decide to become a star, you are talking about money, fame, and being successful. "
" 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 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. "
" Politics is too big a game to feel the absence of a Kamal Haasan. "
" I am opposed to autobiographies, mainly because most autobiographies lie. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We are not exercising our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for solutions in others. "
" The box office is a black money laundry shop. No business is straight. "
" If it doesn't reach the last poor man, your constitution is wrong. "
" The disgraces I suffer should be attributed to me, but the praises that I get go to my family and teachers. It is they who decided what I would become. "
" 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. "
" All my films are statements, especially when I write them. "
" Today, we should look for people with great organizational skills to run a government - not just leaders, who are good with people. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" Entering politics would be like donning a crown of thorns. "
" 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 love reading all the mythological stories. I was brought up on 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. "
" There is a lot to be learnt, and I am always dissatisfied. I am happy but not content. "
" 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. "
" If my idol Mahatma Gandhi could fight to eradicate corruption at the age of 78, why can't I try at 60? "
" 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 don't have tiffs with people. I only mind my business, but whatever interferes my freedom of expression, I have always voiced. "
" Even if the country is run by a Mussolini, free speech will find its way. "