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I am an opinioniser

What did you think of Inception, the film?
It is the kind of a film which will make any director in the world feel like an idiot when compared to Christopher Nolan.

I know what I want to know

For the kind of wisdom you seem to have, you must have gone through lots of hardships...
The opposite is true as only when you don’t feel the hardships can you analyse the situations and attain wisdom. People who feel the hardships just get bitter and frustrated and will remain failures.

Learn, but never get taught

What is a woman according to you?
She is the greatest creation of God as long as she does not nag, does not tell you what to do, and does not expect you to talk after sex... Ahhhh! I was just joking. But seriously speaking, she is the epitome of gentleness, kindness and godliness.

Neither praise nor criticism affect me

I find you more interesting as a person rather than as a filmmaker. Why doesn’t your personality reflect in your films?

There will always be some bad films

How does a bad film happen?
A film happens over a long period of time, over decisions taken at various points in time — influenced by factors and circumstances pertaining to that time. Once a filmmaker decides to act upon some preliminary ideas, he/she will quickly become blind as to how it is shaping up — as a parent is blind to the flaws of his/her child.

Love is cured by a dose of marriage

What is failure according to you?
When you stop trying to be successful.

‘I actually have multiple personality order’

Have you ever regretted anything in life?
Never. Because I have always been too busy making my next mistake to notice the previous one.

‘Fear of results stems from fear of failure’

Are out-of-the-box promotions and innovative marketing for a film as important as a good story?
These days, they are more important than a good story — at least in the context of box office success. You get to know a good story only after you get into the theatre, and a publicity campaign is intended to pull you into the theatre. You can afford to make a bad film — but you can’t afford a bad publicity campaign.

The heroes’ guns, legs of heroines

What is the definition of success for you?
To be able to do what you want from the time you wake up to the time you go back to sleep.

The Godfather and I

I was in college when a friend gave me a copy of a book which, he said, had a very explicit sex scene on page 26. And that is how The Godfather came into my life.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.