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‘Don’t complain about bad films if you don’t support good cinema’: Manoj Bajpayee

‘Not bothered’, says Manoj Bajpayee on not being approached for work by big producers like Aditya Chopra or Karan Johar 

Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee

We all admire award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee as much for his on-screen work as his bold opinions off-screen. In a candid interview with our Blogger-in-Chief Karan Bhardwaj, published in April’s edition of Rail Bandhu, the actor has urged the audience to buck up and ‘support good cinema’. Bajpyee feels some film-makers are picking up bold subjects but the audience has to consciously wake up in their support. “There are many film-makers who are doing great work and they are choosing great subjects. Be it Anurag Kashyap or Hansal Mehta. But the audience has to buck up. They don’t have the right to complain that we are not making world-class films if they cannot support good cinema. If they don’t patronise then these films will die.”

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In the candid chat, Bajpayee also reminisced about his four-time rejection at NSD and stressed on the importance of theatre for actors. “Each and every person who is willing to become an actor should do theatre first of all or they should go to an institution like NSD or FTII. Acting is an art that needs to be learnt. If somebody wants to become an engineer, he goes to engineering college. He doesn’t directly go to some location and start building the bridge. You have to have an experience and there are experienced teachers in the institute who help you to achieve things fast. When you are doing theatre outside the National School of Drama, things are very difficult because you are making two ends meet. You are doing theatre, workshops and at the same time you are trying to earn a little bit of money so that you can survive in a city. NSD would have definitely made my life easier had I been there. It was difficult for me as learning and earning is a very difficult combination,” he says.

Rarely seen in big-budgeted movies by prominent production houses like Dharma or Yash Raj Films, Bajpayee says he is not bothered about working with anyone. “You should ask this question to those production houses. I have been surviving in this industry since last two decades so I must be doing something right. Why should it bother me that somebody is not approaching me for his production?” he hits back.

Read full interview here!

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