‘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.

Expectations are relationship killers.
Relationships are expectation raisers, so we get f***ed both ways.

What kind of a woman would you want to marry?
One with a butt like JLo, a face like Sridevi, a mind like Ayn Rand, and who loves all my films including Aag.
Behind that invincible wall of yours, is there vulnerability?
Vulnerability comes from a fear of losing. Fear of losing comes from your perception of values. Perception of values come from a lack of understanding and lack of understanding comes from lack of decision-making. And lack of decision-making comes from a fear of the result. Fear of results comes from a desperation for success. Desperation for success comes from fear of failure. So as long as you don’t value success, you won’t fear failure and you will become invincible.

WARNING: Those who don’t understand the above analysis should read it multiple times and if they don’t understand it even then, they can consider themselves morons. The smarter lot should not even try to understand it and take it for granted that a smart guy like me would anyway say only smart things thereby proving that all you smart guys are actually even bigger morons.

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