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" If my idol Mahatma Gandhi could fight to eradicate corruption at the age of 78, why can't I try at 60? "
" 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
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I am very angry, and you don't need angry politicians. You need politicians with great balance. "
" I don't have tiffs with people. I only mind my business, but whatever interferes my freedom of expression, I have always voiced. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The creation of God itself, I deduced, came from our primal fear. "
" Today, we should look for people with great organizational skills to run a government - not just leaders, who are good with people. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" All my films are statements, especially when I write them. "
" I love reading all the mythological stories. I was brought up on them. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Sometimes we equate anger to destructive physical violence, but anger need not be martial. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Acceptance is the only thing you should teach. Be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Dalit, you must inculcate acceptance, not tolerance. "
" 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? "
" 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. "
" Politics is too big a game to feel the absence of a Kamal Haasan. "
" Entering politics would be like donning a crown of thorns. "
" 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. "
" We are not exercising our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for solutions in others. "
" 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. "
" I am opposed to autobiographies, mainly because most autobiographies lie. "
" You must have anger, as rightful wrath is what makes you create your own ethical standards. "