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.
If my life can inspire people, then a television show where guests talk about their challenges and what makes them unique would work.
Actors in the film industry are usually wary of expressing their opinions on the issues of the day, politics especially.
I still feel I belong to the theatre. There is nothing more challenging and exciting for an actor than performing before a live audience. The stage is the real testing ground for an actor.
I was failed in all other aspects of filmmaking and was completely bankrupt because my dreams were higher than realities. So I started my acting school in a small room with 12 students to prepare future actors and actresses.
You may be in a medical or engineering college, but not all will stand first in class. It depends on who studies the most.
People tend to scare you pointing out your shortfalls. If you voluntarily admit your faults, then people won't have anything to point out.
I think if you laugh at your troubles and tell the whole world what went wrong, you can't be frightened by anything.
I am aware that as an actor, I can blame others for the failure of a film, the director, the script, choice of co-stars, timing of the release and so on. But now, as the director, I will have to shoulder all the blame.
Our school not only makes you an actor, it makes you understand who you actually are as well... it gives you discipline and punctuality. It also teaches you a way of life.
I don't think that I will say that we are less talented in Bollywood, but our functioning is different. We cater to a different kind of audience.
Harper Collins gave me a letter of intent saying that they want me to pen down my autobiography. When I was recollecting the incidents of my life for that, I selected only those incidents which were turning points in my life. I staged it instead of writing it.
As for my stand, I think it has become difficult in our country to be a Hindu and a liberal at the same time.
Every individual suffers from the fear of failure, but you can change your destiny only when you overcome it.
I'm very happy doing what I'm doing; I don't think I'm prepared to devote my time to politics. When I am, I'd like to give it 100%. I'm not in the frame of mind, and I'm too greedy an actor to do that.
An actor is only a part of the film, not the whole, and very often, he is moulded by the director. That is why a good director can make so much difference to a film.
My first British film was Gurinder Chadha's 'Bend It Like Beckham,' which was a huge international success.
Practice makes an actor excel. It is like cycling and motor driving. It is an art, which can be learnt and practised.
Being a popular director or actor's son can be frightening in this industry. What if you are not able to make it?
One time I nearly experienced failure was when I was acting in 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun' in 1994. One day, I woke up and found that part of my face was paralysed.
I have played 50 different kinds of fathers and villains. Only mediocre actors play the part the same way.
I speak for Kashmiri pundits because injustice has been done to them, and the political discourse doesn't give them enough importance.
It is important to be financially savvy when you turn producer. As a director, you just need to have a good script in hand.
My first Hindi film as a leading man was Mahesh Bhatt's 'Saaransh,' which immediately established me as someone who knows the craft.
I've done 480-odd films, have my own acting school, won awards, etc. and now host a successful TV chat show - what else can I ask for? Yes, of course, every journey has its ups and downs, but that's part of life.
I started doing motivational tours. I've seen all kinds of people, from the CEOs to the lowest executive, opening up to their fears. We don't introspect as much as we should.
I discovered that the world frightens you with your shortcomings, but if you do not worry about it, you are liberated.
I approach every role with the same commitment because I'm being paid for it. To not do so would be unethical.
I have always believed that directing a film is like telling a story. You have to tell it well so that it is appreciated.
I was able to overcome my failures because I was always confident of my abilities and was sure I could achieve what I had set out for.
I had spent many days hungry; had slept on railway stations at times because I did not have money to pay for a hotel room... there were moments when I felt I had compromised my dignity as a human being and as an actor.
When I staged the play and narrated my story to the audience, people found it amazing that after facing so many hardships, I have gone on to do 482 films.
I cannot take away the fact I am a small-town boy from India, from a lower-middle class family, and was actually standing in front of De Niro - not on an equal level, but as an actor, on the same pedestal.
I know that some of the characters I played were trash. But then, I chose to take up those roles, as I enjoyed doing them.
There are many brilliant actors, including our own Dilip Kumar, but Robert de Niro is something else.
In day-to-day life, our brain sends lots of signals. In acting, there are no signals. You have to believe in what you are trying to portray.
You are never too old for applause. What's satisfying is that I'm being appreciated for what I was trained for.
I'm looking to do an honest job, and I don't have any Indian talk show as a reference point. I'm not looking down on them, but I want to do what Oprah did.
In every role that I do - whether I'm a teacher, actor or mentor - I do it with total dedication and as much honesty as I feel is required because there's no alternative to honesty and hard work.
Our cinema has evolved in last 60 years because we have made people happy through our films. The main purpose of our storyline is to spread happiness. Our cinema has an emotional connect.
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.