Miscellaneous Quotes

I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person, and when I become interested in something, I give it my all.
Tom Cruise

We haven’t been able to control corruption.
Manmohan Singh

What I want is not important, what happens, is. I have never planned life because it is not necessary that what I fix will be fulfilled. My life has taken me from one place to another…an ordinary woman like me has got name, fame, RD, family, children, grandchildren, respect…what else can I want.
Asha Bhonsle

Comparison is unavoidable because we are sisters. And since I am the younger one, people will tend to compare my singing with her. Had I been from outside the family, these things could have been avoided.
Asha Bhonsle

I always wanted to do better, that zid has made me what I am today.
Asha Bhonsle

Initially, when I got into the world of music, I was treated like an underdog. But I couldn’t have backed out.
Asha Bhonsle

Earlier, I know of instances where singers like Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar even stopped recording till they got their preparation right.
Asha Bhonsle

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When I landed in Bombay in April 1958, a lady from Filmfare came to meet me and told me I looked like James Dean. I didn’t have a clue who James Dean was!
Dharminder

I came from a family of farmers; my father was a schoolteacher. When I confided in my mother that I wanted to become an actor, initially she was shocked. When she realized how much it meant to me, she came around. She asked me to send applications to directors in Bombay — she was so naive she thought you could just apply to become a star! But strangely enough, God was listening to her prayers because that’s how things happened. Filmfare magazine announced a talent search along with United Producers. I went to the barbershop, asked them to style my hair like Dev Anand and sent in my photos.
Dharminder

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

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

But that’s fine, absolutely fine. If there is someone who comes up with a good role, something which will once again excite me, by all means I’ll do it, irrespective of any language, as I did when I was acting.
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 got immense satisfaction in that moment when I am not saying the next dialogue, when I can hear my co-actor’s clock ticking, I can hear my own heartbeat, and I can also feel the audience holding their breath. They don’t even move thinking there will be a creak…that silence is so golden and so important.
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

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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 wanted to express myself. I thought it would be nice if I had a job that was not related to my creativity.
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 my life can inspire people, then a television show where guests talk about their challenges and what makes them unique would work.
Anupam Kher

I was 28 when I played the role of a 65 year old man in my first film.
Anupam Kher

I enjoy being recognized. I’ll be very sad if people stop recognizing me. I’ll be very sad if I’m not interviewed, because that’s a very amazing process.
Anupam Kher

I was born in a poor family, a lower middle class family. My father was a clerk in the forest department. I was very bad at studies. I was not very good at sports, also.
Anupam Kher

I have been in the film industry for 35 years, and everyone, including the spot-boys, will vouch for my character.
Om Puri

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I had hoped when my life was chronicled, it would be an inspirational story.
Om Puri

On dynasty politics in Punjab: “You can see in the Badal government. Parkash Singh Badal is CM, his son Sukhbir Badal in Deputy CM, his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal is a (Union) minister. Harsimrat’s brother Bikram Majithia and Badal’s son-in-law are also ministers. Same in the case of Amarinder, his wife Preneet Kaur and son Raninder had also fought elections.
Arvind Kejriwal

I usually write words on the meter of the tune. It could be the other way round, and the composer will write the tune based on my words and meter.
Gulzar

I feel that India’s story is like walking up a spiral on a mountain. You walk and walk and then you turn and you can see the sky.
Gulzar

Your generation is very selfish. They don’t want India for its Ganga, but for their economic pride and self-respect. I’m hopeful because the chaos and crisis has reached a saturation point. This is our only chance. If it goes down a little bit more, then there is no scope. The youngsters have to realise that things are in their hands now.
Gulzar

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