If you spend a whole afternoon just eating popcorn and watching football, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if that's all you do, you get swept along with the tide, without any idea of where you're going.
Indian culture certainly gives the Indian mind, including the mind of the Indian scientist, the ability to think out of the box.
I began to feel that, in a sense, we were all prisoners of our own history.
They suggested I should introduce an element of reincarnation in the story. At first, I thought that was silly. But then, this whole time dimension began to fascinate me.
I'm not a very serious person. You know how they say that clowns are very funny in public and are really sad at home? I'm really kind of stupid at home and more serious in public.
Music is a very integral part of the film, but it will not be as full of music as a Bollywood film.
I try to address my audiences intelligently. The man in the street counts, but sometimes he forgets that he counts.
In India, one has to plan according to the monsoons.
Sitting down to a meal with an Indian family is different from sitting down to a meal with a British family.
Conventionally, one looks at history as something of the past. But after Einstein, who knows what is in the past and what is in the present?
Even if we don't know it or aren't aware of it, politics and philosophy are really what make our up lives.
Good directing is about getting the performance to be just what's right for the movie.
I don't really say much about reviewers. It's a very tough job to get all of the depth of a movie all at once.
I think that will be a lot of fun for audiences to get the same stream of consciousness that was going through my head at the time. It was very exciting to suddenly recall what I was feeling at the time.
Making the City Of Joy gave me the best political education of my life. It became a wrestling match between an Englishman who had gradually ceased to be a Marxist, and a culture that was becoming more Marxist by the day.
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