From Interview in 2015
Taking jibe at Manmohan desai and also indicating he didn't achieved respect and long career
Mercifully or unfortunately, Manmohan Desai had a short career. God knows what would have happened to him if he had gone forward at that time. With the failing star power of Amitabh Bachchan and other actors in the '70s, it wouldn't have been a good space to be in and that would have been a direct consequence of the slot he was inBut times have changed and we all have to earn respect and money by making films.
(Factually wrong desai delievered a hit film in 1960 itself with Chhalia with Raj kapoor and a blockbuster Sachcha jhutha with Rajesh khanna which was seven years before Amar Akbar Anthony.He directed movies over a span of over 36 years.)
On reaction to Kick (2014) during Byomkesh release
They might watch a film which will tell them they are not dumb. That's all what we are trying to tell the audience through this film.
Other Golden Quotes
The surprise is that the audience, which goes to the theatres to watch a film, has come out saying that it's been an experience(Byomkesh Bakshi). I expected the curious reaction, but not the euphoria over the film .No, this time everyone was saying that Dibakar would sell out. But the opposite happened. This is the best thing to happen because I have gone out of the slot again. Being slotted is my nightmare. With this film, I have avoided the slot at least for a year or two. Adi said he was game for something which shakes up everything and makes one per cent contribution in changing the taste of this country's audience. Because that's what a Dibakar Banerjee film with Sushant Singh Rajput and YRF production banner may hope to achieve.
Box Office performances of Desai's films were miraculous too. In 1977, he delivered four superhit films in one calendar year -- a record that still stands. Four of his films -- ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Parvarish’, ‘Chacha Bhatija’ and ‘Dharam Veer’ -- were running to packed houses simultaneously.
No other director ever since has come close to emulating this miraculous feat.