It appears that the Covid-19 crisis has underlined the truth that in the end a nation is made and saved not by a common bloodline, nor a common religion, but by equality, mutual service and respect.
It is a bewildering swing between lockdown and un-lockdown and lockdown. No one knows what will open or be closed.... The rich and the upper-middle-class stay home, falling back upon their wealth or savings, and praying that the nightmare will go away…. The lower-middle-class plays hide-and-seek with their workplaces, venturing out only if absolutely necessary, and returning quickly to their homes. The prevailing emotion is fear.
I was asked to contest [elections] in 2019, but I was not sure. Even if I join politics in the future, I won’t be there for my name, but for the sake of my work. I have always worked with honesty, and if I join politics, I will remain honest.
If we fight with one another then when will we fight against China? This is time to chase away Chinese from our land. If we fight amongst ourselves, it is of no use.
When the country is facing an external threat, the priority cannot be the dislike that Rahul Gandhi has for Narendra Modi, or vice versa. The priority must be to use the vibrancy of democracy for a national response which allows for interrogation, but not divisive animosity.
Every profession has its share of dirty politics… It could be airlines, the modelling world or media offices. Bullying, ragging and harassment don’t happen only in classrooms and high schools… it happens everywhere. The only difference is that it is sensationalised a great deal when it happens in our [film] industry because it makes for a fun copy to read.