16 January 1946 |
Lahore, British India
|Occupation||Actor, Television presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Parveen Dusanj (married 2016)
Protima Bedi (married 1969-?)
Susan Humphreys (divorced)
Nikki Bedi (married ?-2005)
Acting was merely a pastime; I wanted to make films. But theatre, ah – now that was a labour of love. Can there be anything better than performing without retakes and cuts, in front of people you can see, hearing them breathe in the darkness of the hall?
Theatre is done largely for the love of the craft. Television makes you famous. And films immortalize you. That's the relationship between the three.
I love the stage, I love the process of acting in theatre, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills.
I've dubbed for my roles in Hindi, English, and Italian. Therefore, I'm used to the process. But, dubbing is hard, especially when you are dubbing for a prominent actor.
I turned into a monk when my mother went to learn Buddhism in Burma. While she learnt at the monastery, I used to roam around with a begging bowl and ask for food.
In the 30 years of my career, I have explored all possible mediums, except radio.
We should realise that Hollywood is not obliged to write roles for Asian actors.
I am going to produce a movie of my own. I am not going to stick to the time-tested formulae of Hindi cinema. I want to make a film for the present generation. So there will be a lot of new faces in the film.
I have the greatest love for the rituals of organised religion – the sense of community and belonging it can confer to people. But me, I'm more a questioner than a follower; not by whim or fashion, but as a decision painfully arrived at after much, much thought.
There's nothing called a perfect pick-up line. Men always have to face the risk of rejection.
I'm constantly complimented for my voice, even by random people at the airport!
The life of an actor is very hard irrespective of the continent you are in. It is doubly hard when you are only eligible for minority roles.
I am essentially someone who comes from the theatre. I love the theatre. Unfortunately, theatre doesn't pay the bills. Only in theatre abroad, I get a wage.
My parents were no ordinary people. My mother turned Gandhian, and my father was a staunch communist. They named me after the great saint as a symbol of communal harmony.
Acting is the most insecure profession in the world – you're insecure if you're successful, you're insecure if you're not. A tightrope walk without a net. It's a miracle I'm still standing!
I'm an international actor, but at the same time, I'm also a Bollywood actor, even though most of my career has been abroad. However, I've always kept in touch with Hindi cinema.
I think I've had an interesting life. I've done films, TV, theatre and got married. I don't have any regrets.
The average Englishman has no idea of the dynamism in the music scene here.
When Rakesh Roshan called me for 'Khoon Bhari Maang,' it was supposed to be a six month shoot, but I ended up staying for four years doing 12 films.
You are probably right when you say that I could get a role in any producer's film if I just asked.
Every relationship comes with a shelf life; that duration could be a minute or even a lifetime. If, for whatever reasons, a relationship cannot last a lifetime, contrary to what the two people imagined, then both the individuals have to be communicative and have to understand and accept the reality.
Whether people choose to have same sex relationships or relationships outside the marriage – whatever happens between two consenting adults should be purely their business, not the state's or the society's.
Honestly, I'm willing to experiment with far more variety in roles than I'm given. But ultimately, it's the producer's decision. But, I've done a variety of roles – the evil don, the evil husband… I've done villainous roles, supporting roles, etc.
I have never been worried about the future. I will always be able to drive my own feet.
I also said, men are like curling irons, they never get out of your hair. And they are like government bonds, they take so long to mature.