Quotes by Asrani

Friendships in the film industry last as long as you are working together. Once your film is complete, you have to start forming new associations. Today the situation is even worse.
– Asrani

I am against the notion that comedians are loners. However the fact remains that we comedians and character artistes are far more sensitive than heroes. We feel more, observe more, convey more and are easily hurt. With he¬roes it is not the case. They would rather hurt than be hurt. They rarely express what is inside them.
– Asrani

People can’t digest the fact that a comedian can behave normally in his day to day life. The worst was the time when my father died and I was performing the last rites and somebody asked me questions like “How much do you earn?” and “Which is your next release”?
– Asrani

Every comedian wants to play a Hamlet and every Hamlet wants to play a comedian.
– Asrani

More than the awards, I cherish the opportunity of working with the best people. I have worked with the legends of Hindi cinema with the result that even today people like my performances and ask me about my next release.
– Asrani

My second milestone was Sholay. My role though small, required detailed study. I was given the specially made costume and wig and also books of World War II which ex¬plained Hitler’s various gestures. I was even made to go through a trial attended by the writers as well, to ascertain whether I fitted into the role or not. The film was a super success and till date, people remember my dialogue, “Hum Angrezo ke zamane ke jailor hain”.
– Asrani

As someone who hails from Jaipur, I never knew world of cinema was so huge. When I studied at Film & Television Institute of India, I got introduced to films from around the world It was an eye-opener for me and since then watching movies became the part of life. When I am not watching films, I enjoy reading and writing scripts.
– Asrani

I enjoy working and being on my toes all the time.
– Asrani

In order to prepare me for the role of the jailor in Sholay (1975) writers Salim and Javed showed me a World War II book, which had Adolf Hitler’s unseen pictures. Hitler was known to rehearse before every public speech and also have his pictures clicked in various costumes and poses. They asked me to pick a look from those photographs. Then wigmaker Kabir and Akbar from Gabbana was called to create the costume for me. Incidentally, acting institutes have Hitler’s recorded voice to train actors. He had hypnotised and provoked an entire nation with his voice modulation. My teacher, Roshan Taneja, enacted that voice for me. The manner in which Hitler said, ‘I am an Aryan!’ had a pitch and fall. I said the dialogue, “Hum angrez ke zamaane ke jailor hai!” emulating the same inflection. The sentence is followed by “Ha Ha!” That was inspired from Jack Lemmon’s act in The Great Race (1965). Even today I am asked to say these lines when I campaign during the elections
– Asrani

That comedians are sad people is a wrong notion. Yes, I am an observer of life and that’s what has helped my art.
– Asrani

While big directors don’t really pay you, they exploit your talent beautifully.
– Asrani

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