National Award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee, who has portrayed the life of gay professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras in the upcoming film Aligarh, says he doesn’t read a script if it is not written in Hindi. “I am very passionate about Hindi language. Satya made me a commercially successful actor. After that I slowly started getting work in this industry. The day I realised I am in a position to make demands, I decided not to read any director’s script if it is not typed in Hindi. I am stubborn on this issue,” Manoj said at the Lit-O-Fest, a literature festival in Mumbai.
Manoj also said that the Hindi language is his “strength”. “People are often sluggish to find a Hindi typist. Although I stick to point that if they want me to read the script, it must be in Hindi. Once a producer or director gave excuse of other actors, I told him that it is not my lookout if they do not know Hindi well. Hindi language is my strength. I want my script in Hindi only,” he added.
The Shool actor said that he believes in encouraging literary work in Hindi and feels literary festivals should be organised frequently. Giving an example of megastar of Amitabh Bachchan, he said: “Amit ji is a big admirer and supporter of his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s work. He always attempts to bring Harivanshji’s work in public in different ways. So it is our responsibility to inspire Hindi writers and poets because they are hugely contributing to make our Hindi culture rich.”
Watch: Manoj Bajpayee in Aligarh trailer
On the work front, Manoj is gearing up for the release of Hansal Mehta’s film Aligarh, which is based on the real life incident of Dr. Srinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation.
Aligarh will release on Friday.
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