Speaking Bhojpuri on the sets of
! That is what you call bonhomie. Actors Manoj Bajpai and Ravi Kishen are not just friends because both hail from Bihar and have done the film
together, where they play the leads.
Both admire each other as professionals, too. “We are friends and we spoke in Bhojpuri whenever we got a chance,” says Ravi.
For both the actors, who haven't done a Hindi film for sometime,
is an important film and both hope their work will be admired by the filmgoers who look for serious and quality films.
“We already know a lot about the
Indo-Pak war but we also don’t know a lot which this film talks of. It is a different kind of a war film where one gets to witness the pain and sufferings of the prisoners of war,” says Manoj who made his presence felt in Bollywood with films like
Satya, Shool, Aks, Zubeida, Road
Ravi rates this film to be one of the biggest projects he has done of late and hopes it helps him cement his place in Bollywood too after being branded as the ‘superstar’ of Bhojpuri films.
“I always wanted to join the Indian Army but couldn’t. This film is about real prisoners who are still missing and I was touched by the storyline. It is about the men whom we forget soon after the wars get over,” says Ravi, who plays Captain Jacob, arrested in the ’71 war.
Manoj who plays Captain Suraj Singh, a co-hostage, is like a big brother and plots the escape strategy and leads the other arrested out of the prison.
Ravi also gives credit to director Amrit Sagar who chose a sensitive issue revolving around the 1971 War. “It was not easy for me to give 70 days at a stretch for shooting but I did because I wanted to do this film,” says Ravi.
Was this long schedule the reason we didn’t see much of Manoj too on the silver screen?
“I was not seen for almost two years because I was shooting for four films at a time, all of which are complete and will be releasing this year,” says Manoj who will be seen next in choreographer Ganesh Acharya’s directorial debut
along with Rahul Bose and Sanjay Gupta’s
is exciting because he feels the film has a gripping story line and despite being directed by Acharya the film doesn’t have any song or dance. In
, the actor plays a business tycoon and Manoj brands this film as a ‘psychological thriller’.
Ravi plans to try out something new by writing scripts. “I have already written a script and the film is called
which will also be the directorial debut of actor Rahul Roy, who became my friend on the sets of
,” says Ravi.
The film will star Ravi along with Kabir Bedi and Konkona Sen Sharma. But that doesn’t mean he will quit Bhojpuri films. He’s already excited to play Gabbar Singh in the Bhojpuri remake of
“I know how delicate a role it is. It was played by Amjad Khan and now by Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi remake. I am keeping my fingers crossed because mine is also going to be compared with theirs,” says Ravi.