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“I am open to do anything provided something good comes my way” | Manoj Bajpayee
10/05/2016 2:15pm By: Mohnish Singh

“I am open to do anything provided something good comes my way”


Last seen in the widely acclaimed ‘Aligarh’, maverick actor Manoj Bajpayee is all set for his next release ‘Traffic’. Also starring Divya Dutta, Parambrata Chatterjee, Jimmy Shergill, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Amol Parashar and debutante Richa Panai in pivotal roles, the film is a remake of a Malayalam film of the same name. In an exclusive interview with Bollywood & TV Reporter Mohnish Singh, Manoj Bajpayee speaks about his new offering.

How different is the film from its Malayalam version?
The film is quite different from its Malayalam version. However, the story and concept is similar, but the film is made in such a way which will appeal to Hindi cinegoers. The film is portrayed and depicted keeping in mind the taste of Hindi cinema.

How do you get into the skin of your character?
I have done theatre for 10 years, and I am in the industry for a long time. So, I am very much equipped with my craft and my skill. I always try to prove people wrong that I cannot be better than my previous film. So, I keep on harnessing and polishing my work and craft. Acting is the only thing which keeps me going.

Do you think when an actor like Shah Rukh Khan says something good about a film it helps the film gain more exposure?
Yes! It’s very kind of Shah Rukh Khan to appreciate the film and it is wonderful. When actors like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan come and say positive things about a film like Traffic, it definitely helps the film in getting a wider exposure among the audience. In fact, the media too pushes the film to another level through their extensive coverage.

What is your take on today’s traffic?
The traffic in cities like Mumbai has reached a maximum limit now. The reason is the migration of so many people from rural towns to metropolitan cities in search of jobs and various other things. But, the traffic police is doing a commendable job in our city. I was at the headquarters of our traffic department and the kind of work our traffic department is doing is commendable. Despite having such an overloaded population and challenges, they really keep the city going. It never stops; the spirit of Mumbai always keeps going on.

Are you open to do something on Television?
I am open to do Television, web series and Hollywood. I wouldn’t like to restrict myself to only cinema. I have been a part of 2 short films and my 3rd short film ‘Kriti’ which has been directed by Shirish Kunder will release very soon. I have reached a point in my acting career wherein I am open to do anything provided something good comes my way.

How would you describe your journey from Satya (1998) to Traffic (2016)?
It has been like a roller coaster ride over the years. Despite having ups and downs, I always kept going on myself. It takes a lot to go through such kind of highs and lows, but I enjoyed every moment of it. I never felt frustrated because I had faith and belief in myself.

What are your upcoming projects?
My next film is ‘Saat Uchakkey’ which is a very entertaining and comedy film. ‘Missing’ will also release very soon, which is a psychological thriller alongside actress Tabu. ‘Duronto’ is also lined up which has won the National Film Award. So, all these projects are very close to my heart and I am very excited about them.