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Rejection made me stronger: Manoj Bajpayee

June 22nd, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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Rejection made me stronger: Manoj Bajpayee
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After a long break, Manoj Bajpayee agreed to do a commercial film and Sajid (Nadiadwala, the producer) and Ahmed (Khan, the director). The actor says the film team pampered him a lot.

After starring in many memorable characters, like Shrikum Atrey and Prof Siras, Manoj is set to try something new. The actor said: I would say that I was very lucky to arrive at a time when Ram Gopal Varma was the kind of rebel director who was getting more and more active in changing the grammar of storytelling. I was very, very lucky to have started my career with a director like Shekhar Kapoor, who did not agree with this stereotypical formula. All the actors, who were migrating from Delhi theatre at that point of time, were all rebels. We shifted to the city in complete darkness. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves in this industry and even this industry didn’t know what to do with us. It needed one Ram Gopal Varma, one Shekhar Kapoor and, in the south, one Mani Ratnam to change the whole thing for actors like me.

He has had good mentors and teachers such as Barry John. He says: being rejected by the National School Of Drama (NSD) every year kept on giving me the strength to do better. The rejection was another mentor for me, it made me stronger.

Manoj talked about his college days and Shah Rukh Khan’s in the world of theatre. Manoj says: Shah Rukh was with Barry John for a few years when I was also there. We know each other very well. I knew his family. When he shifted from Delhi, we started losing touch. Then, I started meeting him when I migrated to Mumbai because he was my only contact. After a point, I started feeling that I was becoming too much of a burden for him and I let it be. I take pride in everything that he has achieved because I know what all he lost before achieving all this.

Manoj feels that theatre is an actor’s medium while cinema is a director’s medium. The 10 years of theatre had prepared him not only as an actor but also as a human being. Manoj picked up the habit of reading, watching, and preserving.

Photo courtesy: www.indinaexpress.com

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