Quotes by Amol Palekar

People liked the fact that Amol-Palekar wasn’t Superman, that he was an ordinary man who traveled by bus or local train, who actually went to office and worked. This was rare in movies then.
– Amol Palekar

I will act if there is a role which gives me some challenge, butterflies in my stomach. I don’t want to play a generic father. When I was only an actor I didn’t follow a beaten track, why will I do it now?
– Amol Palekar

Shouting from the rooftop is not my nature at all. I am known so much for understatement that when one of my contemporaries was talking about my acting, he said acting kahan karta hai. I feel that was the best compliment.
– Amol Palekar

Kaun kambakht kehta hai ki Hitler mar gaya?
(Who the hell says that Hitler is dead?)
Movie: Golmaal
Star: Amol Palekar

Why I am not seen in Hindi films? Ask the Hindi filmmakers. Probably they are not missing me, to be honest.
– Amol Palekar

I want to explore silences. I am very comfortable with that. I am not scared of silences any more. Sitting alone when there’s nothing happening around them.
– Amol Palekar

Whether as an actor or as a director I have never ever been part of the mainstream. I have always been swimming against the stream.
– Amol Palekar

I have the courage to say no.
– Amol Palekar

I experimented to such an extent that I can say that I was one of the people who brought theater out of the auditorium. I started exploring open spaces way back in the early 1970s.
– Amol Palekar

I did not want the market pressure. I did not want to think ‘If I paint this way, it will be sold.’
– Amol Palekar

I was an artist, I chose to have a job that would not make me compromise on my art, the kind of paintings that I wanted to do.
– Amol Palekar

Everybody is concerned only with 100 crore films… If our starting point is going to be “How much money will it make? Will it go into the 100 crore club?” then I am not interested.
– Amol Palekar

If you want to work … then you must not see the face of time.
(Kaam karna ho … toh waqt ka mooh nahin dekhna chahiye)
Movie: Golmaal
Star: Amol Palekar

Lambe kapde pehenna bahut hanikarak fashion hai
(Wearing long clothes is a very harmful fashion.)
Movie: Golmaal
Star: Amol Palekar

I had lots of apprehensions for my acting…acting is not like swimming or cycling as is said and done…that’s not true actually. A craft, if not practiced enough, gets rusty.
– Amol Palekar

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