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" 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. "
" 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 love reading all the mythological stories. I was brought up on them. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 got to go one step further than even 'Make in India.' Let's make India itself - India 2.0, the updated version. "
" 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 box office is a black money laundry shop. No business is straight. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" Acceptance is the only thing you should teach. Be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Dalit, you must inculcate acceptance, not tolerance. "
" You must have anger, as rightful wrath is what makes you create your own ethical standards. "
" Even if the country is run by a Mussolini, free speech will find its way. "
" Today, we should look for people with great organizational skills to run a government - not just leaders, who are good with people. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" Politics is too big a game to feel the absence of a Kamal Haasan. "
" If my idol Mahatma Gandhi could fight to eradicate corruption at the age of 78, why can't I try at 60? "
" A political party is about an ideology. And I don't think my goals in politics can match the ideology of any political party. "
" 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. "
" 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? "
" If it doesn't reach the last poor man, your constitution is wrong. "
" I am opposed to autobiographies, mainly because most autobiographies lie. "
" 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. "
" 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. "