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.

What would you have done if you had not become a film director?
I most probably would have died because nothing interests me apart from films.

I heard that you’re a civil engineer... is that true?
Well, I attended an engineering college whenever there were no interesting movies playing in the theatres. Failed twice and finally managed to get through with bare minimum marks. After five years of studying Civil Engineering, I don’t even know the ingredients of a cement-concrete mixture. So to answer your question, I can’t be called an engineer, though yes, sometimes I did attend an engineering college.

Do you attribute whatever you have achieved to your hard work?
I never worked hard in my life. I just had a ball all along. Work is something I define as what you have to do, but if you want to do it, it becomes a pleasure. All my life, I only worked on things which gave pleasure to me. So my work is my pleasure because I myself have chosen to do it whereas most people work because of external pressures like family responsibilities, social/peer pressure etc.

Do you believe in destiny?
More than believing or not believing in it, I would rather say I don’t care about destiny. By its very nature and definition, destiny cannot be controlled and I don’t waste my time on things which are not in my control. So I would rather concentrate on what I can do and leave destiny to do whatever it does.

Why do you come across as an uncaring and selfish person?
That’s because I am an uncaring, selfish person and what’s worse is that I take pride in it.

Who is your best friend?
I don’t have friends because I don’t feel a need for them. I don’t like to depend on others for my physical or emotional needs and friends are only good for that... all my relationships are only work-related but every once in a while I fall in love too.

What attracted you the most about films in your growing years?
Heroes’ guns and heroines’ legs.

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