The 44-year-old's career got a boost post the 1998 film, Satya, which brought him commercial success as well as a national award. Later, he featured in movies like Kaun?, Shool, Zubeidaa and Pinjar.
His next film, Satyagraha, directed by Prakash Jha, releases Friday. Meanwhile, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma who had directed Satya, is now set to make Satya 2. Manoj, who had played the iconic role of a gangster named Bheeku Matre, believes the sequel will help RGV bounce back.
"I met him at his daughter's pre-wedding bash but we didn't talk films. He will make a fantastic film with Satya 2. I am simply blinded by his genius and I am what I am because of him," said Manoj. Of late, none of RGV's films have done well at the box office. But Manoj has no reason to doubt his capability.
"I know he is going through a lean phase but everybody sees that phase. Don't single him out. He will bounce back and surprise you and then you will have to eat your own words! He is going to come back," added Manoj.