My theory is children don't do what you tell them to do, they do what you do. You have to always do the right thing because they follow you.
One can understand a person by the way he removes his wallet and puts his hand to take out money.
To find one's calling is perhaps not the easiest thing in the world, but probably the most important.
The day we learn to allow an ambulance to pass through in traffic, might be the first step towards being a truly responsible society.
I don't have a father, but my kids tell me every day that they love me... even when I am not in my best mood.
I don't mind being identified as any character as long as I'm doing a good job as an actor. I have done all kinds of roles - from an editor, judge, police officer, murderer to a corrupt businessman.
Our film industry as well as the audiences are now open to unconventional pairings and subjects, which has aided my journey greatly.
When I was child, I never spoke. Teacher used to write remarks on my note book. My mom sent me to a trainer. I started talking, and it gave me confidence.
I was overjoyed when I was offered the title role in 'Well Done Abba.' I was ready for the role even before I heard the story because you don't ask questions when it is Shyam Benegal's film. It is the chance of a lifetime.
I am very proud to be a part of '3 Idiots,' and happy that the character has worked in a big way.
I bask in the affection I get on the streets. I recently went into the kitchen of a restaurant to meet the cooks. They were people I didn't know, but what a joy it was meet them! Such experiences wouldn't happen if I were doing only one kind of cinema.
I'm not a hero or a superstar. I'm an everyday guy. I feel happy when children approach me. I feel that something good is happening in life when little kids recognise me.
Remember, acting is not a business of glamour. It is science, craft and an art. Read about acting; don't do it for the sake of fun. Actors such as Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah are great examples; they are surviving only because they have read well.
Chilli ice cream doesn't taste bad. But I wouldn't eat it again.
I still reject lead roles, as I don't accept any role if I don't find it challenging enough. I am very careful while making selections.
Fear is one thing that can ruin everything. It's the greatest problem.
No affairs for me. It is so wonderful to have a family to come home to, to sit with them, pull each other's legs... To lose all of that for what? Who's got the time? I'm having great fun working.
The moment you say, 'I want to do a role,' the story suffers. I don't set priorities in terms of roles or scripts.
For me, a director is a director immaterial of the gender. At the end of the day, the audience is only interested in watching a good film.
I usually go with roles that I find entertaining. But every once in a while, there comes along a film that has an important social message. As actors, we have a certain responsibility toward our audience.
I used to follow celebrities, and I remember I watched Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt shooting for 'Sadak'. I was standing on the road at three in the night, but little did I know that I would be making a film with Sanjay at some point in my career.
Very few movies remain in public memory as landmark films, and I want to see whether '3 Idiots' will be up there with some of the wonderful films that have come out of this country Hopefully, we'll come to know in a few years whether it can become one of the great films.
There's a great charm in theatre; I enjoyed doing it for twelve years and did lots of plays. At this chapter of my life, I am a cinema actor, and I would like to continue to be so, and at some point I would return to the theatre.
I'm an actor, and I don't look at myself as providing comic relief. I have done diverse and dark roles such as a psycho, murderer, and others in films such as 'Don', 'Eklavya' and '3 Idiots.'
I just love to work and spend time with my family. And that's the reason I don't look at the length of the role, but what it has to offer me.
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