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" We are not exercising our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for solutions in others. "
" When you don't take a stand against corruption you tacitly support it. "
" 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. "
" 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? "
" I don't have tiffs with people. I only mind my business, but whatever interferes my freedom of expression, I have always voiced. "
" If you ask my opinion, I don't look at a film according to its box office collection. "
" 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. "
" Acceptance is the only thing you should teach. Be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Dalit, you must inculcate acceptance, not tolerance. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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
" 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. "
" We got to go one step further than even 'Make in India.' Let's make India itself - India 2.0, the updated version. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Today, we should look for people with great organizational skills to run a government - not just leaders, who are good with people. "
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" 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? "
" All my films are statements, especially when I write them. "
" 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 am opposed to autobiographies, mainly because most autobiographies lie. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The creation of God itself, I deduced, came from our primal fear. "