Unlike most Bollywood actors who are wary of working with first time directors, award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee has no such apprehensions. Confident of his performance and the hard work that the makers of the film put in, Bajpayee believes in surrendering himself to his directors.
“I would say I am very lucky for all my first time directors. I have always given classic cult films with them,” he says, adding, “They (new directors) have fresh ideas and a different way of saying things; you feel that freshness when you work with them. Though that doesn’t mean old directors are not good and I will continue to work with them too.”
While there have been incidents in the past where actors blame their debut directors if a film falls flat at the box office, Bajpayee says that’s something against his ethics. “Why shall I blame my director or producers? They do their job by making a world class film. My job is over by giving my best to it. Now if audiences don’t go and watch this film, it’s their failure. They have failed as movie viewers and not me or the makers. We put in our best efforts. Audience needs to understand they need to see good films,” adds the actor who was last seen in Saat Uchakkey, Sanjeev Sharma’s debut directorial.
On the idea of biopic films being made on Bollywood veterans and sportspeople, he has his priorities defined, as he says he is not keen on being part of biopic on famous people’s life. Bajpayee who has acted in two biopics earlier including Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh and sports film Budhia Singh – Born to Run, shares, “Make it on common man. Show their struggle. Don’t include stars. People want to know about their daily life and how they have achieved big things. Dhoni was a journey of a common man, so was Mary Kom. That’s the kind of films I like.”
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