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The other side of Nattha

The Peepli Live actor is now covering the Bihar elections

entertainment Updated: Oct 25, 2010 13:24 IST
Minakshi Saini
Minakshi Saini
Hindustan Times

Actor Omkar Das Manikpuri aka Nattha has switched sides. No, he’s not gone to war with actor Aamir Khan like

Peepli Live

director Anusha Rizvi (on that matter, Manikpuri stays mum). This time around, the actor, who plays a victim of 24/7 news channels in

Peepli Live

, has decided to become a reporter.

Manikpuri has joined hands with Live India channel for an initiative called Patna Live, under which he will travel to Patna to cover the Bihar elections. In the Capital to promote the project, the actor says he is ecstatic about the opportunity. “

Aaj tak main jawaab deta aaya hun. Ab mujhe sawaal karne ka mauka mila hai

(Till now I’ve been answering questions, now I will ask them),” says the 39-year-old actor.

We talk in Hindi. Born in Bihar, brought up in Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, his Hindi is rustic and his manner courteous. He’s clearly uncomfortable with the spotlight. How will he pull off the roll of a journalist? “I have lived a life of a common man in Chattisgarh. So I know the day-to-day problems that we deal with. I will know what to ask,” he says.

Surprisingly, Manikpuri is not very clued into politics. “I don’t have much awareness about politics,” he says, hesitantly. Any favourite politicians? “Errr… Laluji

ko main bahut pasand karta hun

(I really like Laluji)” he says, referring to Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Bihar chief minister.

“I like the way he talks. I wish he could teach me how to talk like him,” he says.

Evidently his role as Nattha, the media victim, has not coloured his opinion of the industry, because Manikpuri loves it. “If I am anywhere today, it’s only because of the media. Only because of them do we learn what is happening in our country. I feel the media is doing their job well,” he says.

The only negative as far he’s concerned, is that he has put make-up before getting in front of the camera.

First Published: Oct 24, 2010 18:45 IST