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I have to reinvent myself: Manoj Bajpai

Versatile Manoj Bajpai who will appear in Acid Factory next tells Vajir Singh that he wants to do every possible role as he wants to reinvent himself.
By Vajir Singh | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2008 12:04 PM IST

What's the new look about?
I prefer doing one film at a time so I can look like the character I'm playing. I wanted to do something drastic since I'm playing an unpredictable guy in Acid Factory.

I asked my producer Sanjay Gupta and director Suparn Varma to get involved in my styling. Although I wanted a weird haircut, I ended up with short hair.

Do you want a change of image as such?
Not really. This year again, you'll see me in an action movie like Acid Factory and at the same time a comedy like Money Hai Toh Honey Hai. I want to do every possible role.. at the same time I know I have to reinvent myself.

After being around for more than a decade, isn't that a bit too late?
Well, it's not something that I've decided to do. My friends Sanjay Gupta and Ganesh Acharya wanted to change something in me and I allowed them to. I trust them.

Please go on.
No one is making the kind of films that one used to.. let's say like Shool. I did Aks nearly seven years ago.. today people say that it was ahead of its time. It may not have worked when it was released, but it's still talked about.

Irrespective of their boxoffice fate, 1971 and Swami are two of the best films of my career. It's just that the producers lacked the resources.. they couldn't promote the movies very well. No one saw these films, so I keep distributing their DVDs.

How do you look back at Satya?
It became a landmark film. Till Satya was released, we thought we would only get critical acclaim. But it went on to become a commercial hit. I wish I had the mantra of how to be in a hit.. then I would rule the industry .

The success of a film doesn't mean that it was great. Similarly, all flops are not bad films.

Tell me why didn't Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra offer you Rang De Basanti after Aks?
We did talk about Rang De Basanti. But over the time, it became a big project and it needed a big star.

Do you mean, you were to do Aamir Khan's role?
(Pause) Right from our Aks days, I always believed that Rakeysh is a talented director.. the success of Rang De Basanti proved that.

That's not the answer to my question.
(Laughs) It is in a way.

Why have you stopped working with Mahesh Bhatt?
I called Mr Bhatt, a year and half ago and he said we'd be working together soon. Now, I'm waiting for his call. He was the first person in Bombay who showed immense faith in my potential as an actor.

What about Ram Gopal Varma?
We have mutually decided that we will never work together again.

Mutually? Meaning you both sat across the table and decided not to work together.
(Smiles) We are both happy with the decision of not working together.

Money Hai toh Honey Hai doesn't seem to be your type of a film.
It's a Ganesh Acharya kind of comedy. It's not senseless.. it's about five losers and I play one of them. My character Lala Bhai Bhadoria is from Uttar Pradesh.. he aspires to become a crorepati overnight.

Your wife Neha is making a comeback with Sanjay Gupta's Alibaug?
Yeah and this time she'll use her original name Shabana. She had never quit acting.. she just didn't want to work with people she didn't like.

No kids yet.. are you into family planning.
(Laughs) Now, that's a very personal question.

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