Tabu quotes and sayings
If I am comfortable doing work in a certain way, then I will do it my way with conviction.
I never saw my career as a journey with a beginning, middle, and end, with high points and low points. It is just a whole, big mass of experience, and I take each experience as it comes. I don't strategise.
I am keen on doing the regular Hindi film, but I want strong, meaningful roles in my repertoire, which I get down South. I can devote equal time and attention to both, so I don't see the clash.
I want to act, perform in my own way.
I was really excited when films like 'Kaala Paani,' 'Maachis,' 'Chandni Bar' and others came my way. The sheer fact that I would get to portray various emotions was thrilling.
When I was younger, 15 years or 20 years seemed like a really long time. But, as you journey though life, you don't realize where the years disappear.
I had attraction to work with Ang Lee. I wanted to work with him.
I love to watch people dance. It is the most fantastic skill and art form that anybody can have.
I like to spend time with family and friends and share my experiences with them.
What has helped me is my success in commercial cinema. It has given me a platform for others to cast me in their films. If I did not have the commercial success, then I wouldn't be able to do the smaller films.
One never can plan. I just did my work and enjoyed shooting for all my films.
I enjoy my work. And there are no two ways to that.
I could never understand the herd mentality. I have always fought to do things my way and have stuck to that.
Why was it important for women to be only nice? Why can't she have dark layers? So when they came to me - films like 'Maqbool' and 'Astitva' - they just grabbed me, and I wanted to be part of them.
I do whatever appeals to me. I have always made my own choices.
There is always something that you will take away from each project. There definitely has to be something that you have said yes to in the first place. In some projects, it's the freedom to express yourself more; in some, it's a bigger sense of camaraderie, and somewhere, it's the money that is great.
I have never done films to prove a point to anyone; I have done them for myself.
I never thought I was doing any great work. I never thought I would last. In the beginning, I was terrible. I never used to speak to people. I used to start crying. I was extra sensitive. I would run away home and feel miserable. I didn't know how to behave then. I was touchy. People interpreted it as arrogance.
I cannot say yes to too many things. I am better off giving attention to one thing at a time.
I always maintain that the film industry and film people across the globe are more or less the same.
As a viewer, I will go and watch only commercial films.
I don't like to talk about my work. People should see my work and form their opinion based on that, not because of something I said.
All over the world, actors and actresses are chosen for their performing skills. Not how they look or what they wear. It is all about how they act, how they emote.
I followed my own self and individuality so much that it automatically made me a game changer or set me apart from others. I did not think it was necessary to do things the way others are doing it.
I came from Hyderabad and didn't know the difference between commercial and parallel cinema.
I've crossed many cultural and gender barriers as a woman.
I did 'Hawa' to understand what ghosts and the supernatural are all about. I don't believe in them and wondered how I could essay a part in a project I don't necessarily understand.
As far as TV shows are concerned, I would love to do a travel show.
I am the last person who has any jedgment about any kind of cinema, least of all commercial cinema because I am a product of commercial cinema.
There is nothing wrong with commercial cinema if it is made well. In fact, if you ask me, the Hindi film industry has also produced some truly outstanding works over the years.
Coming from a middle-class family in Hyderabad, I was an introvert. I chose to be the way I am.
Every character, before they are heroes or villains, they are human beings.
I only do work that suits my temperament.
There is hunger to have good experiences with people. There will be roles and all of that. But the package of experience has today become important for me. People should be good, established; the filmmaking and acting experience should become heartening.
I come from a generation that had no monitors on the sets. You had to go with the director's conviction and be happy with it. I still work like that.
The first film I worked in was Dev Anand's 'Hum Naujawan.'Then I went back to school and college.
If I feel the role is not going to demand anything out of me, I don't do it. Either it has to be a terrific role, or the director has to be someone I am dying to work with. Or the costar has to be someone I really look up to.
For me, every character takes the same amount of immersion.
I don't find a reason to be on Twitter or Facebook. This is my temperament, and I can't put myself out 24/7 out there. However, I am not judgmental about others being there.
I had read Jhumpa Lahiri's 'Namesake' and thought it would make a fabulous film, as I could identify with the central character. When Mira Nair announced the film, I wanted to do the role. When it fell into my lap, I was over the moon.
I don't think of people as out-and-out black or white.
I can't do back-to-back films.
I love song and dance films in Bollywood.
People should be good, established people; the filmmaking and acting experience should be heartening. So I chose films where I would get a good experience, not just great roles.
I write about different things. Anything that has affected me. Anything that I have liked. Anything that I feel strongly about. Any experience.
I've always gone with the flow.
My fans tell me my height is my biggest asset.
How can I stop acting? I don't think there is a full stop. Maybe the only time I will stop will be when acting stops fascinating me. I will have to find something that fascinates me more.
If I am doing a certain kind of cinema, that does not mean I hate the other kind.
I always wanted to do good work, the best that I was able to, to really discover myself, getting better with each role, and find newer ways to do the same thing.
Cinema will always remember 'Life Of Pi.'.
I have such a temperament that I cannot do anything in excess.
I am happy and content with my work and career.
Most stabilizing part of my career is that I have done all genres. I hate classification.
Promotions create awareness, but if there is no merit to the film, what will promotions do anyway?
I wanted to be an air hostess because I wanted to see the world.
I avoid seeing my films as far as possible because if I don't like anything, I can't change it or do it again.
I never planned to be an actress.
Since I am originally from Hyderabad, I speak Telugu fluently.
I don't disown feminism, but I don't believe in such labels.
I love to travel. I want to do India by road, the entire length and breadth.
I don't have any special approach for playing dark characters. That's because I never looked at them as dark characters per se. For me, they were real people.
I have not done any film where my role didn't make sense.
My relationship with every film is more or less the same, but the experience is the difference. It comes with the people I am working with, the character I play.
I want to complete 100 films.
I didn't have a set of rules, dos, and don'ts or a reference point on how I would navigate my career. I never planned to be in a certain place in the industry. I was walking my path and doing things my way.
I try not to get typecast in any role, any image. I feel I can do justice to every kind of role, so why not make the best of it? See, commercial films alone can get you only so far. If you want to last as an actress, then you have to put in that extra bit of investment by doing off-beat films, too.
The film industry is actually a tough place to survive.
Working in 'The Namesake' was a personally enriching experience.
I can't be objective about my work, because I am so involved that I can't see it as a product to be judged. I can't see it as an outsider.
I never want to stick to one genre of movies and was opened to do everything.
I am not closed to any new ideas. But films are my first love.
I do a film because I would love to be a part of it, but I also think from the audience's perspective. Our profession survives because of our audience.
Whether the film is a Hindi film or in a South Indian language, I don't think it matters.
I've acted with shorter heroes, and no one has objected.
Films like 'Shaan,' 'Sholay,' 'Muqaddar Ka Sikander' and so many others... they've been a part of my growing up years.
'Cheeni Kum' was one of the nicest experiences.
I grew up in the seventies, and films for us were larger-than-life, masala entertainers.
I should be satisfied first as an actor with my work. I will not do something because everyone is doing it.
You cannot analyse your personality. It is like trying to understand the essential characteristics of a person.
Your chemistry with your co-actors is more important in a comedy. You can't leave it to your performance alone. So many things have to fall into place to make people laugh.
I have worked with good directors, and I consider myself very lucky because I think that it is very important.
I am glad that people have become more accepting of female characters.
I did not want to do things the way they are usually done in Hindi cinema.
I am never embarrassed to relax. I am not part of any rat race. I am very happy to be by myself.
Rita Mae Brown
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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