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Manoj Bajpayee: For newcomers in mainstream films, six-pack abs come first, acting comes last

Actor Manoj Bajpayee feels that though commercial films focus more on physique and looks, “meaningful” cinema attracts newcomers who have a genuine interest in the content.

bollywood Updated: Oct 14, 2017 17:04 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Manoj Bajpayee,Sidharth Malhotra,Rakul preet Singh
Actor Manoj Bajpayee is “sick and tired” of being asked whether he has got his due in the film industry.

Actor Manoj Bajpayee, who has been a part of critically-acclaimed films such as Aligarh (2016) and Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), believes that there is a clear division between the newcomers in commercial cinema and parallel cinema. “Mainstream cinema has a different kind of requirement, and acting comes last. The newcomers are not expected to work on their craft, but rather build their body, look good and sport six-pack abs. What can they do?” he says.

He adds that there’s “another” kind of cinema which emphasises on acting as well, instead. “There are newcomers who are trying to be a part of meaningful cinema. I find a lot of talent coming up there, and meet such people on an everyday basis! They are willing to be a part of new stories and content.”

The 48-year old, who will be seen next in Aiyaary opposite Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh, has been a part of Hindi films for almost 23 years now. But he gets irritated when you ask him whether he feels he has got his due as an actor in the industry. “I am sick and tired of these questions. We need to go beyond this due, no due. You only think of it when you leave or quit work. I am doing exactly what I set out to do. I don’t know what due you are expecting me to get in an industry, which is popularly known as ‘commercial cinema’! Do you somewhere think I should be a part of this cinema more? I can’t be. They don’t require me, I don’t require them.”

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First Published: Oct 14, 2017 17:04 IST